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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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24.05.15 © Natasha Newton 2015 There's a lot of work happening on this desk at the moment; watercolour paintings, including one small commission, some painted stones, and I've also been photographing a step by step tutorial I was asked to... Continue reading
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An evening stone-painting session © Natasha Newton 2015 Continue reading
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This is a very personal post, but something so special happened earlier today and this is where I wanted to record and share it. I've been cleaning, tidying and organising the studio - something I haven't had the chance to do for a while - and also sorting and filing... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at whitefeather
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White feather photograph taken for me by Jo Fenner. © Jo Fenner 2015 As some of you already know, during the past few weeks my time has been taken up with preparing for an exhibition of new paintings in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, where I was exhibiting in a show called Art... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at whitefeather
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Studio, May 2015 © Natasha Newton 2015 I've decided to occasionally post little studio snapshots on the blog for those of you who like to glimpse 'behind the scenes'. Who says all blog posts need to be long? Sometimes a... Continue reading
That's brilliant, Nicky - I'm looking forward to checking out all of your new sites! I love Typepad - I've been with them for nearly 7 years and my current website is actually a modified Typepad blog. I still need to find the time to look into YouTube properly - this week has been so crazy I haven't had the chance yet. Onwards and upwards for both of us! xx
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I think it is necessary to take time out and recharge a bit, you're right! I have some commissions lined up now, so I'll be getting on with those almost straight away, but things will be a little calmer. It's great to see the work up on the gallery walls though - a very satisfying feeling after all the hours spent creating it. Hope things are going ok for you this week, Nicky. xx
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I've been meaning to write this blog post for several days now, but it's been tricky. Firstly, until Wednesday evening my time was almost entirely taken up with finishing the work and preparing for the exhibition. Then when I returned... Continue reading
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I've been quiet on the blog for nearly a month - apologies for that! This past month has been all about finishing commissions and working on several large canvas paintings for an upcoming show (there will be a blog post... Continue reading
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