Painting and planning

You know the saying “Time sure flies when you’re having fun”? Well, that seems to sum up how life has been for me lately!

My weekdays have been spent in a flurry of work on my “Coastal Elements” series of paintings, I now have 7 pieces completed of this body of work and a couple more underway. Hopefully, by the time of the Art& Show in York this October, I’ll have a good selection of paintings to exhibit.

Summer Waves - contemporary oil painting of the sea by Tori Tipton
Summer Waves

Speaking of the Art& Show, as part of my RAW Talent Award I have received 6 months of mentoring to help develop my art practice. I recently had a meeting with my mentor which was insightful as it gave me an opportunity to explore the direction that I would like to take my artistic practice with some invaluable guidance and expert advice.

I also recently met up with one of my fellow award winners, Clare Phelan, who is a super talented printmaker. Over a couple of coffees at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, we chatted about our art, preparations for the upcoming show, and life in general. It was great to meet another like-minded person who understands the difficulties of juggling an emerging art business with the challenges of raising teenagers!

In contrast, my weekends have been a combination of further trips to the Yorkshire coast and lazy days spent exploring the canal on our narrowboat.

I’m finding that I’m increasingly inspired by the rocks and cliffs at Flamborough in East Yorkshire. The chalky cliffs and rough seas make for dramatic scenery, I feel that they may be influencing my paintings even further in the future.





Until next time,


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