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I am delighted to share my first guest appearance on a podcast. We had a really enjoyable conversation about creative mentoring which is a part of my practice that I don't often talk about other than with the artists I mentor! Thank you so much to @ruthsingertextiles for inviting me You can find all the info in the link in Ruth's bio. And if you are interested in mentoring with me, DM me for more information.
It's the end of the current series of Making Meaning podcast today! In this episode, I am talking to Gillian Lee Smith @gillianleesmithartist, a Scottish painter based in Northumberland. Gillian and I first met as members of a designer-makers group in the English midlands but we reconnected over Zoom during the pandemic and have had some wonderful conversations about our practices, our mentoring work and our creative ideas. In this podcast we focus on mentoring and talk about how both supporting others and being supported ourselves helps our practice. We talk about the zigzag journey of creative practice and how reflection and talking things through with others really helps to clarify things, to open new doors and to inspire. It's a really lovely reflective conversation to end the series with. I hope you enjoy it! #ruthsingertextiles #ruthsinger #makingmeaning #makingmeaningpodcast #textileartist #artiststalking #artistpodcast #ukpodcasts #gillianleesmith #gillianleesmithartist
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Autumn has arrived as if it came in overnight. First day of the season in the studio where a hat and a scarf so big it half covers my face are required. So it felt right to get back to some abandoned woodland pieces. Gosh it feels good just to be moving buttery paint around. Autumn and winter are usually my most productive months in the studio in spite of the cold. It feels like a fresh start after being in the doldrums for longer than I care to admit. ...

A lovely day out to Belsay last week with a bit of sketching time. I am making time once again to get outdoors, observe, absorb and draw and gosh I feel so much better for it. This is a pencil sketch of the quarry walls. Simple materials, but so relaxing.
I am relaunching my Gathering the Landscape Online course and it begins next Monday for a live session. If you are interested in developing a landscape sketching habit, or want to join in with others who like me are re-engaging with this much loved practice , then you can sign up via the link in my profile. We have many returning students and some new to the course too.

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