Do you paint on the kitchen table or have your own designated area?
I have a small studio which is really a glorified, converted summer house. Mostly, I paint from a photo but when I do one of my surreal paintings it all comes from my head. I occasionally go straight in with the paint without a preliminary drawing and I find those are usually quite successful, but more often I draw it first. One of my cats sometimes sits in with me. Our old cat who died used to love my studio and considered it hers! My husband does bring me out a cup of coffee.
How long on average does it take to complete a painting?
That's like asking how long is a piece of string! I would say at least several hours, although sometimes I put a painting to one side and come back to it months later. I'm definitely not always satisfied with the end results! Does this mean you've painted over one of your paintings you didn't think 'cut the mustard'? - No, because most of my paintings are in watercolour so you can't really paint over those. I sometimes use the paper for scrap.
Where are we off too today for a spot of outside painting, I have a big flask of coffee to share and sandwiches oh and a blanket in-case it gets a little breezy. We are off down into Rickerby Park and a couple of places around there spending a small amount of time at each location. That sounds wonderful!
And finally do you have any tips for new artists young or old?
My tips would be to keep at it. Practice may not make perfect but it will surely help to make improvements. Find a style you feel really suits you - perhaps pen and wash - and take a look at all the free tutorials on YouTube. Also, buy the best paper you can afford. Rubbish paper usually means rubbish results.