Hey! Would you like to follow my new/old blog??

Thank you so very very much! I really appreciate it!.. however..

I need you to do something for me… 

Incase you missed it, I have created a new website for all of my work that is self hosted and with my own domain…

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part of that includes a wordpress based blog that I now have appearing within my site, but is also a wordpress blog and it appears as a standalone blog at this address: http://vivanteart.com/wp/ and is also visible within my  website here  but here’s the thing… self hosted wordpress blogs work a little differently to wordpress.com ones..

If you wish to continue to follow me …

and keep up with my artwork and what’s generally happening in my life plus other stuff.. you need to go to the blog proper http://vivanteart.com/wp/ and on the left hand side subscribe to receive email notifications of my new posts.. I am hoping to be much less procrastinatey (I don’t think that’s a proper word?) I have another important post I want to share with you very very soon… another sort of rebirth/reboot/restart… as life has taken another not unseen twist.. and moving through the twist could prove to be very challenging for me – but could ultimately lead me to a better place.. and that’s all I’ll say but it would be really great to have you aboard.. if not that’s fine, I understand.. but you may or may not see the posts float past in reader and that’s cool..

Oh and I had better mention… I had to get my the desktop version of my website completed fairly quickly and didn’t quite have the time to make it adaptive or responsive.. so if you do visit on a device other than a desktop or laptop I do apologize if you get something not what you were expecting.. I’m hoping to get this sorted in the next week or so.. fingers crossed!!!

Thank you for your time! and keep creating! you’re all fantastically talented!

Kind Regards

Ooops I just about forgot – I had to change the style/theme to better fit in with the website.. it’s very quite clean and simple now… just in case you were wondering… LOL!

Oh and very last thing.. if you’re already getting notifications etc.. I apologize again.. I’m not very savvy with how these things work, but I’m sure in time it will sort itself out.. thank you again…


Exciting NEWS and Moving digital house!

Hey there.. remember last post when I said I had some more news? well here it is…

My new blog address is vivanteart.com/wp – I plan to add a domain for that soon.

Item 1: From the 1st March 2016 I will be sharing exhibition space at ExpozArt in Rollestion, near Christchurch, New Zealand for the entire month of March. I am very hopeful that I can sell some pieces to help me on my way to being able to afford a trip to America later in the year! Plus I will be a part of another exhibition later in the month – more on that later.

Item 2: I have been working hard over the last 10 days building a new website!!! self hosted with a new domain and everything! I have also bought my wordpress blog onto the same server and domain.. My drive to become more established as a serious artist and a serious artpreneur!!! LOL! I am very happy with the design I ended up with. It was what I really wanted when I started this site/blog but I wasn’t able to find the right (Free) theme at the time.. it’s a little rough and there’s a few things missing but I have the tools now to be able to add to it and update it as I can. I hope you like it.. and to go with the website and the shows I have also procured some new business cards of which I am also very pleased with!

Here they are…

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and here’s a screen shot of the website.. check it out here at vivanteart.com


At last some new art…. Plus more news shortly

Hi there readers… I know I haven’t posted anything for a wee while, I have been somewhat stranded between busy and procrastinating badly! more about that in my next post.. but to whet some appetites here’s some new art..

I finished this drawing a few days ago.. I especially enjoyed using the 6B pencil on the sky area..

lifesmountain007And these two… “Little Orange Vespa” are 6 x 4 heavy CP watercolor paper. My reference image was thanks to Unsplash.com and one of them (the first one) is on it’s way to the Twitter Art Exhibit in New York! at last I can do something more with my art.. helping others..

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Happy New Year and some new work

Hi there – well here we are 2016! according to my stats it looks like I’m coming up the 1 year anniversary to this blog/site!!! how time has flown! I feel I have grown so much and now so much to think about in my life! I am planning a special blog post to let you in on some of the things that have been happening and what my new goals and dreams are for this year and my life moving forward in general! Hopefully some HUGE and positive changes to my life – anyway enough of that, I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Christmas and New Year! here’s a new drawing for my sketchbook, I do these when I have a lot on my mind …

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And this one, is a page I completed from the Adult coloring book I got for Christmas, Johanna Basfords “Lost Ocean” the first and only page so far as I was just testing out my art materials on the paper, namely Faber Castell Polychromos and Durer Watercolor colored pencils. Enjoy!

Lost Ocean – Coloring Page

The 4 Tools Every Artist Needs in Order to be Successful

I’ve been a artist for a long time—I’ve been drawing since I was old enough to hold a crayon, so we can safely say it’s been over fifty years. I remember well what it was like to be young and enthusiastic. The world lay at my feet as an artist! The sky was the limit.

We didn’t have the internet back then and I lived in a rural area. I don’t know where the nearest museum or gallery was, but that was okay: I knew about horses and I knew about art and that was all I needed to be successful. I couldn’t wait to get started.

I’ve learned since then that although passion is important, it’s not the only thing an artist needs. I learned my lessons the hard way, in the Academy of Trial and Error. One of the most important was that the tools I needed as an artist were more than paints, brushes, and canvases.

What are those tools? Let’s take a look at just a few of them.

1. Perseverance

Most artists are not overnight successes. Even a lot of those who appear to be overnight successes spent years working toward that point. The successful artist has a healthy amount of perseverance mixed in with paints, pencils, sculpting tools, or whatever their stock-in-trade.

Perseverance is required on several levels. Learning your craft (whatever it may be) is only the first. Here are a few others:

Going to the studio

Believe it or not, even the most passionate among us have days when the last thing we want to do is create. While we all have times when the creative well runs dry, it’s important to develop enough self-discipline to go to the studio even when you don’t feel like it.

Developing a body of work

This is never as easy as it sounds—since most of us are our own worst critics—but don’t let one disappointing piece derail you. Keep after it! Be prepared to spend a year or two (or maybe more) to create your first “body of work.” After that, improving it will be a life-time ambition.

Making sales

Not everyone will love your work. And those who love your work will not always love it enough to buy it. You’ll have to wade through a lot of “no thank you’s” before you find a “yes, I’d like to buy that” and even more before you hear the ever elusive “I can’t live without it!”

Getting gallery representation

You may be one of the few artists who gets a positive response from a gallery after submitting to only 15 or 20. You’re much more likely to be among those artists who have to submit to 100 galleries or more to get a positive response. But don’t give up on it. If you’re serious about getting your work into a gallery, approaching galleries will be a lifetime activity.

Perseverance is also known as self-discipline. Learn enough self-discipline to do what needs to be done even when you don’t want to do it and you’re well along the road to success. The rule of thumb to remember is that everyone will suffer setbacks. The key is to keep trying. Don’t give up.

2. A thick skin

Into every life, critics must come. That’s especially true for artists. No matter what type of art you create, some will love it and some will hate it. Learn to accept praise and criticism with equal grace.

Part of having a thick skin is learning to accept the critical comments that are warranted. As much as it might sting, not all criticism is unfair or untrue. Set aside the knee-jerk reactions long enough to analyze comments at face value. Implement anything that will improve your skills as an artist, your dealings with people, or anything else that’s applicable.

That said, another part of developing a thick skin is learning to tell the difference between constructive criticism and destructive criticism. If you’re not sure, ask someone you trust. Once you’ve identified a toxic critic, you can ignore anything they have to say in the future.

3. Goals

Everybody talks about goals. I used to hate hearing about goal setting. I don’t anymore because I’ve learned the value of setting goals. Whether you set goals on a day-by-day, weekly, monthly, or annual basis isn’t as important as just taking the time to set goals.


Because goals establish a target to aim at. The artist who aims at nothing, will hit it every time, so don’t be that artist—set goals, even if they’re modest at first.

Keep in mind, part of goal setting is being able to monitor your progress. A calender large enough to record the time you spend in the studio, for example, might be all you need. Or, maybe you’d like a little more detail, as I do. In that case, a spreadsheet is ideal.

The key is to find a way that’s easy for you to use and review so you can record progress. Seeing how it adds up day-by-day, week-by-week, and month-by-month provides additional momentum (and we all need momentum!)

Yet while we’re talking about goals, let me add one caveat. Don’t let your goals rule you. Most of the time, they will be vital to forward progress, but there will be times when you simply cannot maintain a regular schedule and your goals need to be set aside. It might be something pleasant like vacation or travel. It might be something worse, like a death in the family or an illness. When those times happen, learn to turn the goals off and don’t stress over them.

4. A joyful heart

That’s right. No matter what type of art you do, whether it’s a hobby or your livelihood, have fun doing it. There should always be joy in your work, or it’s just work.

Anyone who has been artist for any length of time can (and should) add their own list of tools. This is not a definitive list by any means.

But all the items on this list are the things I most wish someone had told me when I was getting started. They are, therefore, the things I most wanted to share with anyone who is thinking about pursuing art. And hopefully. . . they’ll help you as much as they help me.

via The 4 Tools Every Artist Needs in Order to be Successful.

Shared courtesy of EmptyEasel.com

My Fine Art America Page


Hey there followers.. I finally got down to it and populated my long empty Fine Art America page! there are 17 pieces of art that you can purchase everything from the original piece through to shower curtains..


Check it out, let me know what you think! 🙂


An exercise in Impressionisionism meets Colored Pencil

I gave myself a challenge to see if I could emulate #Monet s #impressionist style with #coloredpencils   #polychromos  on #arches  300gsm/140lb HP watercolor paper.. this allowed me many more layers and so better for the experimentation!!! I am very happy with both pieces!! and is something I am going to explore further and perhaps see if I can incorporate it into my other “segmented” style so many wonderful possibilities.. these are quite small approx. 5 x 7″ so whatever I do next this way will have to be in the region of 11 x 14″ or A3 …

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Some recent bits and pieces to share…

Hi everyone, I thought I’d share with you some of the little and not so little bits and pieces I’ve done recently.. some of these have been just little “plays” on a new paper/surface (Bristol Vellum) and a couple of the others have been just random pieces while I think about my next more significant pieces..

Here are the experiments on the Bristol Vellum

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This piece was a play on Arches Watercolor Paper 300gsm/140lb Smooth, Faber Castell Polyhromos



And this piece in my regular sketchbook also Faber Castell Polychromos..I thought I’d give it the addition of a quote.. just to give it some more interest.



My next pieces will be more serious pieces and I am contemplating using digital vector as the medium.. I saw a custom starwars poster and I was very taken with the style so I’m going to experiment with that for a bit! Thanks for reading..  sorry for the delay in posting I’ve had a lot on my mind lately – thinking about where I am, where I am going.. what I am doing it for.. I have been thinking about making a post about this… making a very big decision in my life to follow my passion, my heart and my dreams.. crossing a void hoping that someone special is there to catch me when I land.. take care.. 🙂