I believe in Me

People feel a need to create, whether it’s art, gardening, cooking, DIY.  “How do you get the confidence to sell myself” is a question I’m often asked.  Well, it’s simple… I believe in ME.

That is Being ME, Doing ME and sharing ME.  Present and future.

Painting for me personally is a metaphor for living. It’s listening to intuition, your heart, trusting in your ideas and being brave.   This is all built on a strong foundation of remembering what excites me, going back to simple things and what and who make my life amazing.  This is what gives me confidence and a passion to keep creating an ‘Expression of myself ‘.

I had no idea how to make this painting. I just let it come with a feeling of trust, bravery, excitement and some frustration too. It wasn’t easy, but I always have faith that it will come ok in the end. It’s all part of the journey in art and life.

cornish abstract seascape

It’s very easy to be comfortable with what we know. We have an inherent trait to protect, defend  and  fear the future and what we don’t know. But it’s far more exciting to let things unfold, discover the new, break boundaries, meet new shiny souls and once in a while take a risk.  No regrets and all that.

Held my first Art Workshop; discovered I know some 😀

I have been asked several times if I do art workshops.  I have always said no, but when approached for a one to one and share some of my techniques, I thought I’d give it a go and record it in my art blog.

If I’m honest, I wasn’t looking forward to it.  My lady sounded lovely but I had no firm lesson plan. Was this a good idea?

I have been on several workshops myself in large groups and understand that they need to be structured but a one to one was always going to be a more personal experience.

I decided the most important thing was to listen, be patient (not my strongest point) and for Cath to go away with something at the end of the day; hopefully a near completed painting albeit small.

I knew that she wanted to learn about painting seascapes and loosen up.

I looked at Cath’s work too and hope I provided an encouraging critique. After loosening up with some bamboo and ink sketches outside, we worked on some composition and tonal thumbnails.  A brief introduction into colour and techniques using the shapers and palette knife along with other devices, we decided on an image which had some foreground but also the sea.

Working alongside step by step Cath completed a wonderful little masterpiece, full of colour and movement.

At the end of the day, tiring as it was, it was incredibly rewarding.  It wasn’t only Cath that had learnt a lot. I had a  total realisation of the amount of knowledge I have and the style and technique I have developed over the past years which is totally unique to me.  The pressure of the brush, the weight of the paint, the angle of the drag and that spatter is really hard to control unless you have my hands.

Art workshop in Cornwall with Sue Read

There may well be more so if interested please get in touch.

Baamfest 2016 Community festival – Painting a Seascape

The weather held off and Baamfest 2016 enjoyed some sunshine. I had co ordinated over ten workshops to happen at the event and although most were undercover, the weather makes a big difference in displaying all the work made. Around the theme of the beach, we made over 50 beach huts, 40 windmills, 70 printed seaweed bunting sheets, 80 milk bottle people on sticks, lots of paper cut out beach huts, textile bunting and painted pebbles.

While all this was happening, Pottery box created pottery tiles with beach inspired stamps, Steve Pinchess and Steve Bielby oversaw over 200 people create a scribble board in sharpies and I encouraged over 40 children to have a go at painting a seascape on a 8ft x 4ft ply board.

Having some emulsion myself, some donated and some extra acrylics to create more colours, the kids set to covering the board in paint. There were small delicate waves, splatters from the more confident and lots of hand painting and big brushes with swirls from the younger ones.

The sea came and went, waves appeared and were partially painted out.  Not taking control was hard and letting go of some lovely areas even harder. After day one, I wanted to say ‘lets leave it there folks’ and maybe do another one the next day, but as an art therapist who was doing a workshop said ‘just let it go’ and ‘let it become something different’.

I did and the result was brilliant.  The kids all signed the back and I now just have to find somewhere to display it.


The lovely people at Grosvenor Guest House in Bude have bought it from Bude Arts and Music and it is now taking up the end wall of the their dining/breakfast room for all their visitors to enjoy.

Pictures from the rest of the weekend.

A bit of froufrou; making a chandelabra

The term chandelabra came from a friend, but perfectly described a vision of a sculptural piece to fill the lofty roofspace of the barn; a cross between a chandelier and a candelabra.

Twinkling lights always magical  will fill the studio with warm light at night to view from the bar next door.

chicken wire is quite malleable and with gloves easy to work with. A project I really enjoyed and it makes a great centrepiece even if it does look like a giant octopus.


Putting ‘Coastscape’ into the dictionary

I paint the sea and landscape, sometimes seperately but often together and  it’s mostly about where the two meet. It seems natural to me that the word ‘Coastscape’ might exist, but the dictionary and  a Google search brought no results.

We have ‘landscape’, ‘seascape’, ‘cityscape’. but I need a descriptive word to portray the view that encompasses both sea and coast which defines what I paint. So I’m going to ignore the red wiggle line underneath my new word and also adopt it as a new hashtag. It might even become part of my new exhibition title. Does it sound right to you?  Maybe it will make it into the dictionary one day .

Coastscape by Sue Read, Cornish artist

Coastal Dreams 100 cm x 70 cm Oil and Acrylic on deep Canvas £525