Updated: Mar 17, 2018

There's so much to love about this life. It's beautiful and a blessing.

We can choose whether to let the worst of the world shape us or to seek out the best of it.

My choice is to find beauty and benefit in everything and revel in the simplicity and colour of things. And that is why you will find no negativity here.

Don't really know what this blog is going to be about other than my passion for painting, kickboxing and being a positive role model to my children.

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As Tamsin Stuart Art embarks on its fourth year in business, I thought I'd share a bit about my motivation. For anyone who knows me or follows my art antics, you've probably heard some of it before. But, if nothing else, it's a record for me to look back on as my journey continues to develop.

You wouldn’t think that being a kickboxer had much to do with being an artist, but for me the two couldn’t be more intertwined. Martial arts, as with a lot of sport, is about making your mind as well as your body stronger. It took a lot of courage for me to walk into the kickboxing academy for the first time over five years ago. I didn’t feel brave, I felt out of my depth and unsure of myself.

But my fitness has always gone hand in hand with my mental wellbeing. And after recovering from an illness that stopped me exercising at all and often affected my ability to function properly on a day-to-day basis, I vowed to become as mentally and physically fit as I could to cope with whatever was round the corner. And that survival instinct pushed me forward.

As my confidence grew in my physical abilities, my confidence grew mentally and I sensed I was on a journey of self-development. Martial arts helped me realise I should be brave, not let fear hold me back, to have faith in myself and to fight to make my dreams a reality. It made me feel properly alive and thirsty to live my life at its optimum level.

That feeling that life is too short not to do the things you love just because it scares you gave me the drive and sense of urgency I needed to launch my art career. So I pursued my two passions fully, and in the same year I launched Tamsin Stuart Art I also became a black belt in kickboxing and martial arts.

I think it also goes some way to explain why I’m so preoccupied with movement in my artwork. I want my subjects to have a punch, a whoosh moment, a sense of being alive. I like to convey focus, feistiness, heightened states, along with a celebration of colour, shape and light.

I am totally self-taught other than my art A level from school. Yep, that's right, I have no fine arts degree. A fine arts degree doesn't guarantee you'll be a good artist who sells. There are still art snobs out there who think it's a requirement. I disagree. Heartfelt motivation and inspiration ranks higher for me.

I know what I like to look at and interpret what I see instinctively, learning as I go by trial and error. I cherry-pick the bits of basic techniques that appeal and experiment to find a way that suits me. Experimenting and making mistakes that need to be corrected is fun and the best way I learn.

At the end of 2020 I had created over 100 paintings, taken part in six exhibitions, and been involved in three projects with young artists, with 25 commissions under my belt.

Painting, like martial arts, is something I have to do for my health and wellbeing, it is a fundamental part of me that helps me express myself, channel emotions, deal with stress, make sense of the world, challenge and empower myself, grow and learn, as well as escape and relax. It is a vital part of who I am.

Art can be a very personal communication of what is going on in your head and your heart, but that is whether you are the person creating it or the person looking at it. It is an exchange on a life-affirming level that is essential for mutual wellbeing.

I love the fact then when you support a living, independent artist, be it by giving them a like or share on social media, offering them words of encouragement, buying a greeting card or a piece of merchandise, going to an exhibition or becoming the proud owner of a print or original, you are helping to keep that creative flame burning and those lines of communication with the outside world open for all our benefit.

Working chiefly in acrylics, I have favourite themes I like to paint: birds, wildlife, nature, sport and water. But I’ll give anything a go as long as it inspires me. Two subjects I used to shy away from, portraiture and buildings, are becoming new favourites now as my martial arts mentality tells me to step out of my comfort zone to grow.

Please feel free to enjoy an art fix here whenever you need to escape the harshness of reality.

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Updated: Dec 19, 2020

It’s the last working day for a lot of people today. It’s been a tough old year for many but I’m counting my blessings and taking stock of a lot of lovely experiences in 2020.

Despite pretty much all my exhibitions being cancelled, Tamsin Stuart Art has had a good year, the highlight being selling my big showpiece Burst at the end of a totally fab week-long show at the Dove Gallery in October.

Producing paintings that sell within a couple of hours or a couple of days of creating them has been so encouraging, and reassuring that no matter what is going on in the world there is an appetite for art. While virtual exhibitions and markets have allowed me to show my stuff to new audiences in a progressive way.

A count-up of my portfolio shows I have now created over 100 paintings since I set up Tamsin Stuart Art nearly three years ago. Queens Hotel is number 102.

I’ve been lucky enough to be able to take numerous positives from these difficult times, while still being acutely aware that that has not been the case for others.

The Portraits for NHS Heroes initiative helped me focus my attention and feel like I could do something useful for frontliners at a time when lockdown took a sideswipe at my serenity.

Being moved to use my art to express thanks to police dog Stark and those who work selflessly for others has given me a sense of purpose and peace, as well as providing a channel for expressing and dealing with my emotions.

And a big plus for me has been being asked to help reach out to young artistic minds. Talking to Year 6s as they embark on their own painting project, learning new skills to help youngsters spread Christmas cheer through creativity, doing my little bit to keep art on the agenda at an early age.

This year has taught me there’s more to this artist thing than just sales. The creating part is the bit I do for me because it’s part of me and how I make sense of the world. And, yes, I need to fund my creating by selling my art, which in turn gives me credibility as a professional artist.

But for me it’s about using art as a force for good too, forging positive connections and trying to keep art at the forefront. Helping to spread kindness and encouraging people to do their own creating. It feels good to reach out to others, it feels good to help people empower themselves, to give them a friendly nudge to get stuck in and have a go.

And, at the same time, I’m moving forward, growing, learning and finding fun in it all.

Thank you for whatever part you have played, or are playing, in this girl’s art adventure as it takes its twists and turns. Wishing you peace, love, health, happiness and positivity this Christmas and beyond.

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