What time?!…

Wow! Is it really February already? It doesn’t seem two minutes since I was floating around the kitchen in a paper hat stinking of eau de sprout and trying to drag my own body weight in dripping turkey out of the oven. Where have the weeks gone?

You’d think, after all that time away, this post would be lengthy, but alas, that’s not the intention. I’m posting to spread the word about my latest plan(s) – to run a colour workshop (or workshops depending on the response and if I can find the appropriate venues) and some full day, collage events. I’m also contemplating sketch days and workshops using drawing elements. As usual, I have a thousand more ideas drifting through the sea of grey matter upstairs, but slow and steady does it. One thing at a time.

Most of my agenda is still in the pipeline (or brain as I like to call it) – apart from the first workshop which is taking shape nicely. It may take me all year to implement it, but if you think you might be partial, you can fill in the form on my ‘classes’ page on this blog or email me at ‘lynneshawart@gmail.com to register your interest. If you like, I can add your name to my new mailing list – which I’m battling away with behind the scenes but have yet to conquer.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s staying lighter, longer and the birds are singing again. Maybe we’ll all discover this year is going to be our year?

Don’t forget, you can follow me here too, if you’d like to? I’m pretty sure my other reader would like to have someone to chat to.

Happy art making, amigos.

Speak later.





Happy Christmas

So I know it’s twee, but it’s Christmas and who doesn’t like a bit of cheese at Christmas? I’ll take it down once the festivities are over with, but right now I’m feeling all Rudolphy and full of Christmas cheer so here it is.

I’m signing off social media for a while but I’d like to take this opportunity to say ‘Happy Christmas’ to all those people I know and all those that I don’t. I hope you stay safe, have fun and feel the love of people who are important to you.

See you in 2018.   X


3 reasons to love art…

3 reasons to love art…

What only 3?  I doubt it, but for now here are my top three…

1 – Potential.  No matter how much I read, watch, see, or listen to there’s still more out there for me to read, watch, see, and listen to.  I love learning about art and being expressive. Of discovering different ways to create.  And it seems the more I find out, the more paths I find to explore. I love the feeling that my potential as an artist is always being stretched. Challenged.  And that I haven’t learnt all there is to learn. It keeps me interested in life, and it still, after all these years, fires my passion.

2 – The joy of looking.  Oh! When I see someone’s work that I connect with – the feeling! It’s like pins and needles. Like I’ve been plugged in and have had a powerful blast of something I want more of. Cy Twombly at Liverpool Tate. Callum Innes when I was a student. Too many artists online to mention individually but who are generous enough to share their work. I thank you all.

3 –  Development. Before I embarked on my artistic journey, I imagined there was ‘a way’ to ‘it’ and all I had to do was go and learn ‘it’. I’ve since found out that ‘it’ is never still. You might do ‘it’ this way one year but ‘it’ moves on to something a bit different next year. This can be deliberate or not but it rarely stays the same forever. And it just keeps on delivering surprises. Now, of course, we have technology developing alongside us to enable more experimenting and exploring. As I said – potential. It’s always being stretched.

So, what are your top 3? Are they the same or have you found other reasons to love it? Feel free to post, I’m sure my other reader would like to know too.



Project tea-pot 3

This is what my desk contains at the moment…

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…and there’ll be more. The ideas are flowing. Obviously it’s all unfinished and it could be that not everything makes the finale. But all this work fodder from one  flash of inspiration and a tea-pot! Celebrations, sharing, heritage, genetics, personal and social history, the list is endless.

So, if you want to produce art and don’t know where to start, I’d suggest you go and find a ‘tea-pot’ of your own and see where it leads you. And if you want to join my Facebook art group to post the results go to http://www.Facebook.com/Art Group – Lynne Shaw. You should find us there and you’ll be very welcome. It’s open to all.

Happy painting.

Project tea-pot- first one finished

Hi.  You may have noticed I’ve been away for a while – no? Oh, a stab to my heart!!!

Anyway, during my absence, project tea-pot hasn’t gone away. The thoughts, however, are resonating.  Digging deeper and stirring longer.  Memories associated with tea pots are gathering momentum – celebrations, get togethers, sharing, history, genetics…..biscuits! you see where I’m going?

For now though, rightly or wrongly, good or bad, here’s the first finished image. I’ve got it out of my head, onto the paper, and it is what it is. Will the Tate galleries be fighting over which one is to exhibit such a fine piece? I think we all know the answer to that, but it was fun. It got me started. It got my thoughts and feelings out on paper and satisfied my curiosity. It even got me trying my hand at ‘movie’ making!!! I might fill you in on that bit if I ever get it finished. All I can say is that I am REALLY enjoying the process! Who knows a new career may be on the horizon. Oh, dear. Will my daydreaming never stop???…

…here it is.

Project tea pot 17 - Final
Project tea pot 17 – Final