• Zoe Taylor

Behind the Scenes...




Having wondered about having a blog for quite a while, I thought I would give it a go. It turns out it's one of those website additions that looks like you need a degree to make it work...so this is definitely a work in progress.


I'm hoping that it will be a kind of 'what do artists do all day' kind of space where you can dip in and out and see what I am up to.


No rhyme or reason behind the posts, just what seems relevent to me at the time I write. No fixed writing days either - there is no way I will be that organised.


This week I am nearly at the end point of a body of work heading for the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, London. Fifteen new pieces for The Stratford Gallery, based on Broadway in the Cotswolds, to show on their Stand I 03 from 10 - 13 March 2022.


The paintings are finished and today I have been adding titles, inventory numbers and hanging hardware to the back and then varnishing. It's the varnishing that has been the problem for a year now.


My favoured varnish, which works like a charm, has been unavailable for over a year. I have no idea if it's as a result of, Brexit, Covid 19, or little green men from Mars buying it all, but I seriously wish they would sort it out! I'm on my fourth replacement...some have been awful and some ok, but it's definitely been stressful.


Today I have varnished 6 pieces of work, all 60/60cm. The jury is out on if they are ok. My test piece last week was great, today not so. Floorspace in my studio is limited and so this was as many as I could do today.


Whilst they were drying I splashed some ink/acrylic into a favoured sketchbook. I get these little books from Jacksons Art and they are Royal Talens art creation sketchbooks. The paper isn't white, or thick so the paper warps - and this is the reason I love them - non precious spaces to just play. Hoping to do more of this when the weather warms up a little.



Thank you for stopping by.



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