How did you do that? How does an artist prepare for an exhibition or art fair?

How did you do that?

I’m ready to attempt to answer the question “How did you do that?” now that I’m back from exhibiting at The Other Art Fair in Sydney, have my computer (partially) repaired and have had some time to assimilate all the things I learned over the past couple of months. This week I was asked the “How did you do that?” …

What's memory got to do with it? Remembering childhood creating by Jan Allsopp

What’s memory got to do with it?

I had such a wonderful childhood. I just love revisiting my memories of warm golden sunshine while I played and created. My whole body recalls the feelings of bliss and immersion in doing something I just loved. I had such a wonderful childhood, or at least that’s what I tell myself. When I think about it, the things I remember …

Red white and black mixed media painting by Jan Allsopp.

The 21st-century artists think differently

Last week I met a mental health practitioner who, when I said I was an artist, responded with something along the lines of “Oh! Well you’d be happy and relaxed the whole time!” I was initially struck dumb and I must admit to waiting for the laughter to erupt that indicated she was joking. It didn’t come. She was serious! …

Indigo and white mixed media diptych

Happy Spring! and a tale of Winter

Woo hoo! It’s the first day of Spring! I’m excited. Not that I hate Winter, I’m just over it. Completely. I’m a natural hibernator and while I don’t mind a good hibernation at times, I’m ready to come out of my cave. Well and truly.   Even hibernators learn during their hibernations though, or I did.   Australia has had …