Lightbulb Moments…

‘To be a true artist you have to play the way you feel – not the way

others think you should feel,’

Don Ellis


Usually, when a FB/Instagram memory pops up, it just serves to remind me that time is passing…occasionally however, a memory crops up that makes me take another look…

Norfolk Memories (Sold)

This one reminded me of a painting technique that I hadn’t experimented with in a long while… and, as my focus has been somewhat lacking of late…I thought I would go back and explore the process – with fresh eyes…

…and, as is often the case, no expectations produces some reasonable results…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

I think I even have a new favourite colour…Daniel Smith Grey Titanium watercolour…it’s a mid-tone warm grey with slightly yellow undertones…which I think works well with my old favourite Daniel Smith Indigo watercolour…and a touch of Daniel Smith French Ochre and Daniel Smith Raw Umber…along with my very old favourite Daler Rowney FW Sepia Acrylic Ink – I love these colours…!!

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

I belong to an artist group run by Alice Sheridan as well as a Facebook group run by Louise Fletcher – they also host the podcast ‘Artjuice’. I am also reading ‘Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway’ by Susan Jeffers as well as listening to other podcasts…and a common theme running through these platforms etc has been the idea of doing what you love, being authentic, creating art that is true to yourself… and I know that in the past I have been guilty of creating work that I think others will love, work that doesn’t always feel authentic…

And ‘ping!’ – off went my lightbulb…I love this colour palette and effects, as much as I love mark making, so why do I persist in fighting what feels natural?

‘Happiness comes

when you believe in

what you’re doing,

know what you’re

doing, and love

what you’re doing,’

Brian Tracy

I have loved going into my ‘studio’, working on these, experimenting…exploring the colours, tones and effects I can create…why ever did I imagine that artists’ shouldn’t have a limited palette…?

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

I have loved working on larger paper; it has felt liberating, splashing and swooshing paint about, apparently randomly – but with an element of control… Some pieces work, some don’t; sometimes cropping the piece produces small but interesting images…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

I don’t know where this work will lead to, I don’t even know if people will like them; all I know is, I love creating them, I love the colour  palette and effects – it truly feels as if this is ‘my’ art, and this feeling is giving me the confidence to persist with this ‘voice’ along with the mark making…

‘Don’t aim for

success if you want it; just do

what you love

and believe in,

and it will come


David Frost

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

It’s such a joy going into the ‘studio’ knowing that there is work that I am looking forward to working on…


is when you hear a

knocking from your soul…

and you answer,’

Terri Guillemets

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