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Natasha Newton
Suffolk, UK
I paint and illustrate. Follow your heart. ♡
Interests: art, illustration, painting, astronomy, nature, birds, interiors, book and cd cover design, etsy, london, paris, suffolk
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When it comes to making a proper start on the posts for this blog, I've been doing what I sometimes do best: procrastinating. I have a long list of topics surrounding the subject of grief written down in a notebook, so that I'll never be stuck for what to write... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at whitefeather
Hi everyone, I'm not sure why but I can never seem to figure out how to respond individually to blog comments on Typepad so that the reply is then directly underneath the comment I'm responding to. This is something I have to look into and see if there's a setting I can perhaps change to make this happen. When posts receive several comments like this one has, it makes it very hard for me to respond to everyone individually and then have the comment stream or thread make sense to the reader! (Does that make sense in itself?!). But I did just want to send a heartfelt thanks to you all for your overwhelming kindness and support - it does mean more than you know and that's not something I'm saying lightly. I deeply appreciate your thoughts and advice, and I try to take it all in and act upon it where necessary. Unfortunately, I also received a 'troll' comment on this post. The comment was from a fake email address and a fake name, and said many insulting, nasty things, including attacking me as a person and diminishing my relationship with Leon, who as you all know, I was with for many years. The comment was visible on the blog for around an hour or so, until I removed it from public view and saved it in a safe place (complete with the IP address of the commenter) in case I need to refer to it in the future. The comments on my blog are now moderated again, so I will have to approve any comments in the future before they appear publicly. I don't wish to discuss the nature of trolling here, the emotional impact of it, or the legal aspect, but I would like you to know that during the past six and a half years, I have only deleted comments on two occasions; this most recent incident being one of them (unless my memory fails me, but I'm pretty sure it's only happened twice). I am happy to publish comments that are constructively critical or those that offer a difference in opinion to my own; in fact I welcome them, as it's often nice to have a range of views on a topic to balance things out. I'm also someone who fully admits that I certainly don't know all there is to know about many subjects, so I welcome constructive advice too! I will however not publish comments that use profanity or resort to very personal attacks against me or those I love. Basically, the comments you see on this blog are those I receive. I do not censor comments or post only the positive ones. I am just extremely lucky that 99.9% of the comments or mail I receive is from kind, intelligent, helpful and supportive people. I wouldn't go to someone's blog and insult or degrade them and I certainly won't accept it if people do it to me. This seems a bit of a strange place to be writing about this, but I didn't want to devote an entire blog post to the topic, and I DID want to thank and acknowledge those of you who took the time to comment on this post in particular. Thank you. Natasha xo
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A white feather found during a walk through the woods in Suffolk, England. April 2015. What is whitefeather? I lost my partner of several years, Leon, on 31st August 2014. Leon died just four months after being diagnosed with cancer. To say I was heartbroken is an understatement. I felt... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at whitefeather
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A few weeks ago when I blogged about the book Just Add Watercolour, I mentioned that my work was also going to be featured in another book. While I was in Paris last summer, I was contacted by Quarto Publishing... Continue reading
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Firstly, thank you to everyone who contacted me to leave supportive and kind comments after reading yesterday's blog - I've read them all and will respond a little later when I have more time (I have just a few minutes... Continue reading
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Have you noticed how I haven't really written very much about how I feel several months after losing Leon? I shared a lot of what I was going through when he first died and I was incredibly open; obviously I... Continue reading
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*** Scroll to the bottom of this post for a special discount code off any orders throughout March 2015. *** Observant readers of this blog may have noticed that there has been a link in the navigation bar at the... Continue reading
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Cetti's Warbler 2. Original painting in watercolour, gouache and acrylic ink on paper. 8x10" © Natasha Newton 2015 Every time I paint a new bird it gives me a nice feeling, like I've created a unique little character (I have... Continue reading
So glad you've bought the Rock Art book, Erika! Have fun trying some of the projects - you'll have to show me the results! Natasha xo
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Erika and Evan, you guys are cracking me up about the white mice! I should have taken a photo of them for you! They were part of the staple diet of every 1980s child in the UK. ;) I'm really sorry I've been so crap about replying to blog comments recently - it's honestly just down to a lack of time. I always read them and always appreciate everything you say whether it's thoughtful, complimentary, or just makes me laugh. I'll try to be better! Natasha xo
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I have two new night landscape paintings and a selection of prints available as part of the Spring Exhibition at Coldstream Gallery in the Scottish Borders town of Coldstream. The exhibition starts on 3rd March and I'm so pleased to... Continue reading
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For the past few months I've been in the midst of a very busy time. Bouncing back and forth between creating new paintings for galleries, working on commissions, making new pieces for the shop and keeping up with orders, as... Continue reading
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I have some exciting news to share with you all! There have been a few 'secret' projects I've been participating in or working on recently (by 'secret' I mean that I've been unable for one reason or another to share... Continue reading
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I thought you might like to know that two new prints are now available in the shop and both are images taken from two of my newest paintings, completed at the end of 2014. Midnight Walk 2 is available as... Continue reading
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Photograph courtesy of Sydney Freggiaro This is a pretty unusual post for me! During the past couple of years I've been contacted a few times by people who have asked whether I would mind if they used my artwork as... Continue reading
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Just a very quick post today to share with you a new original A3-size watercolour painting I completed this week. It's actually a commission for someone so it's not for sale, but this is the second commissioned painting based upon... Continue reading
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Something strange has happened to me during the past couple of months. I seem to spend a lot of my time thinking about blogging but not actually doing it. It's not like I'm lacking in ideas for blog posts; surprisingly... Continue reading
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Midnight Walk 2. Acrylic on canvas. 24x24" © Natasha Newton 2014 Suffolk Nightscape. Acrylic on canvas. 30x20" © Natasha Newton 2014 On Thursday afternoon last week I delivered a new collection of paintings on canvas to Snape Maltings Gallery in... Continue reading
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The Quiet of the Night 4. Acrylic on canvas. 12x12" © Natasha Newton 2014 The Quiet of the Night 3. Acrylic on canvas. 16x16" © Natasha Newton 2014 I've been terrible at updating the blog recently. I apologise for the... Continue reading
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Midnight Walk. Acrylic on canvas. 20x20" © Natasha Newton 2014 It's been so long since I posted anything on the blog. I realised a few days ago that a month had passed since my last entry, and I think after... Continue reading
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I'm going to tell you a little story. On Saturday evening, when I wrote this blog post, I truly felt in the depths of despair. It was as if suddenly the full magnitude of what has happened finally hit me.... Continue reading
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Aldeburgh Shoreline by Leon Milo, February 2013. Tomorrow it will be five weeks since Leon died, and honestly, I still feel the same as I did when it happened. In fact, this evening I've been feeling so bad I actually... Continue reading
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{www.natashanewtonart.etsy.com} I'm really starting to get back into my work again and it's just what I need right now. Painting focuses my mind on something positive; it gives me a reason to get up in the morning. It's been said... Continue reading
Dear Eleanor, everything you've said is spot on and certainly isn't too 'heavy'. You're totally right. And yes, I keep thinking of what Leon would want me to do and I know he'd be saying, "Get in that studio and make some work!". He'd also be encouraging me not to shut myself away, but to get out there and meet people and spend time with my friends. So I push myself in his honour. Thank you for being there. xxxxx
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I'm going to take your advice Erika, and get out in the fresh air for a good walk in a little while! I've been getting outside occasionally with friends or family but I really want to get back into exercising properly, which is something I haven't really done for the past five months. Leon was so ill that we couldn't go very far (and certainly not for long or vigorous walks), but now that I'm back in Suffolk properly for the first time since April, I want to make the most of the beautiful countryside, open air, and nature. Thank you. xo
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