Getting the Work Done

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It is a while since I posted to the blog but I’m making a new commitment to keep it updated. The main reason for my extended silence has been busyness – which is of course, a good thing. Last October I moved into a dedicated studio in Lancaster where I can further develop my Art practice. It has been increasingly important over the last year to find a quiet, clean space to work where I am also in contact with others in the Art community. Since then I have been working on a series of works that continue to explore ideas relating to my experiences of the diverse, and often unusual landscapes that I visit near my home on Morecambe Bay.

My decision to make this move arrived at a time of reflection last summer when I realised that it was time to commit to my painting and drawing more fully, or perhaps to stop completely. Having a studio brings more structure to the day, separating my professional life from my home life, and has also allowed me to create a healthier head-space in which to work and concentrate for extended periods of time. Well, I really hit the ground running last October, and currently have thirteen works in progress towards an exhibition later this year. I feel the work is steadily growing stronger along with my understanding of the reasons why I am making it – something I will write about more fully a little later down the line.

Before I leave you with some images of my studio and works in progress I would like to mention a very helpful book that I have been referring to during these months. I mention this especially if any other Artists are reading and would like some practical, well thought out advice. It is called Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils and Rewards of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland, and it has helped me to navigate some of the obstacles to making work, such as fear of failure and perfectionism. The writers also point out quite eloquently that the only way to make your work and reach your goals is to get your head down and get on with it! I’ve never enjoyed making the work as much, and have begun to develop some practices which are really working for me, such as working without judgement. This is helping me to distance myself emotionally from my work and be more objective.

If any readers are local to Lancaster and would like to visit me in the studio please get in touch via my contact page, or drop me a line on Facebook.

I am always interested in reading your comments or answering your questions. Please share your thoughts with me using the form at the bottom of the page.

Studio - Works in Progress by Debbie Yare
Studio – Works in Progress




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I am a Visual Artist based in North-west England. I make drawings, paintings and photographs about the landscape.

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4 Responses

  1. paul m. garger

    So hard to keep up with the blog. Admire your commitment.

    Looks like some good works in progress…

    Look forward to your more regular blog listings.

    Keep up the great work.

    • Debbie Yare

      Hi Paul, Nice to hear from you and thank you. It is very time consuming writing for the blog, but I think it is worth it! Hope you are still enjoying your photography.
      Debbie 🙂

  2. Carol Ostermeyer

    Hello, Debbie. I must have seen your work somewhere & signed something! I’m very glad I did. Your work is stunning.
    Best wishes,
    Carol Ostermeyer

    • Debbie Yare

      Hi Carol, Thank you so much, it is really great to read this feedback. You might have signed up to my mailing list at Art in the Pen!
      Thanks for keeping in touch.

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