The very first blog.
If you are reading this then it’s true my website Sarah Birchall Art has finally gone LIVE. Hooray! All the months of planning, including a major house move and the setting up my new studio are behind me and I’m pleased to announce that Sarah Birchall Art is now good to go. I hope that you are as excited as I am while you read this. Be prepared for riot of colour and a journey of energy, flow and joy.
I’ve always been a creative, since I was a child I’ve always made things and always to a very high standard. Cooking and sewing came first, and twice I almost got on the Great British Bake Off, and yes I did get to meet Mary and Paul. I’ve made and sold greeting cards from textiles, designed more kitchens, and gardens, than I like to admit to, and after far too many house moves developed a real flair for interior design. I frequently bake, cook, sew, knit, and crochet for my family.
Nevertheless, the little voice inside my head would never be stilled and just got louder and louder. The constant chatter was always the same: ” Paint, paint, paint… ” for a long time I ignored it owing to the fact that a teacher told me, when I was about nine, that I was rubbish at drawing, and spent all her time with, as she told the rest of us, the ‘talented children’. This was despite the fact that the models I helped to design and make out of cardboard boxes, whose eyes lit up when we joined their hands together, appeared on Blue Peter, a treasured children’s programme made by the BBC.
In a very dark time in our lives, while my husband was very ill with cancer and undergoing dangerous and frightening treatment I booked myself in for a workshop in Ludlow with Diane Jennings, simply as a day away from it all. Her classes were called ‘Painting My Way’ and she showed her students how to paint a picture as she did, step by step. I came home with a passable copy of her work which was pleasing, however the greatest benefit was in what working with the colour and whole experience had done for me. For a whole day I completely forgot about the cancer, and I lost myself in the process. It was an absolute revelation, and something I’ve hung on to ever since that day, and since developed into a new way of life.
Chances to paint have been few and far between since then, owing to caring duties and running a B and B, and I managed a couple more workshops but instinctively I knew I wasn’t learning what I wanted or fast enough. Since these initial efforts with Diane, who has become a great friend, I have continued to experiment with all sorts of mediums, whilst seeking out the best teachers I could find for the level I was at. It was interesting to find that sometimes what I thought I’d really enjoy I found really challenging. I stuck at various projects, even if they were tough because I always learned something from the process. As my proficiency and understanding of colours and mediums grew so did my confidence and my experiments became more daring and then my work started to sell.
I now work in a variety of mediums: wax, oils, inks and acrylics on many different surfaces. Experimenting is what gets me into the Sarah Birchall Art studio whenever I can.
I sell both Sarah Birchall Art originals and prints and I am currently working on developing this website and other social media channels to promote them. Some of the pieces I’ve made make the most fabulous pictures when printed on metal, and in this format you can have any size you choose. Canvas (ready to hang) prints are also available as are traditional prints. The choice is yours. I will also be able to offer Sarah Birchall Art greeting cards, and other unique items such as phone cases, bags, towels and scarves.
The website will continue further development and additional products will be added to the range. Please kindly note that all the Sarah Birchall Art prints and other unique items are printed to order.