In preparation

Preparing artwork for the Saltwater exhibition

Getting ready for framing

Salwater Exhibition - Tori Tipton

Salwater Exhibition - Tori Tipton

There’s not been much time for painting lately as I’m now at the stage in working towards my exhibition where it’s purely preparation and administration. I’ve now learnt that preparing for an exhibition is no easy task!  I’m surrounded by paintings in my studio and around my house, whilst I check the titles, sizes and frames. 12 oil paintings have been catalogued along with 13 framed giclee prints. Although the actual exhibition doesn’t start for just over a week, I’ll be hanging my paintings in the a few days before to allow for tweaks and adjustments. This is all new to me so I’m checking and re-checking that the details are correct.

Who knew how much work went into an art exhibition! Talk about a learning process, I’d love to hear the thoughts and any advice from other creatives out there about this part of the artistic experience.

Hull: City of Culture 2017 & the Holderness Coast

Saying that I’ve been busy recently is no exaggeration. In preparation for my upcoming exhibition I’ve been frantically finishing off paintings, ordering prints, measuring for frames…all which are thoroughly exciting but had left me in need of a creative reboot.

So in order to restore calm amidst the chaos, I decided to take a short trip to Hull. You may know that Hull is the City of Culture 2017 and quite rightly so. While I was there I visited the newly reopened Ferens Gallery, which has just undergone a multi-million pound revamp. I was impressed by the diverse and well laid out collections on view and especially enjoyed the Hull Open exhibition which offered a great opportunity to see work by local artists.


Ferens Gallery, Hull

What most impressed me about Hull though was the energy of the place. Admittedly anywhere with a rich maritime history gets my pulse racing but, let’s face it, Hull hasn’t always had the best of press and yet I was completely charmed by the city. Putting the City of Culture label aside, there are already some great well-established museums, an atmospheric old quarter and an interesting marina converted from the old docks.



Hull Marina


After the bluster of the city the following day I was ready to soak up the atmosphere of the Yorkshire Coast. Mappleton is a short drive away from Hull, a tiny village, which was under threat for many years due to coastal erosion as this coastline is the most rapidly eroding in the whole of Europe. Thankfully sea defences have put a halt to the village disappearing into the sea but south of this it’s evident to see how the cliffs are still at threat from nature’s force.


Mappleton Beach, Yorkshire
Mappleton Beach, Yorkshire
The view towards Hornsea
The view towards Hornsea

This was the reason for my visit. From the cliff top the vistas are huge, uninterrupted expanses of sea and sky. The added texture of the cliffs, long stretches of sand and the sound of the surf are all the medicine I need to sooth the senses.

I was prepared for a bracing day out but an unseasonably mild day meant that it was warm enough to round off my trip with a short drive up the coast to Hornsea and indulge in the seaside tradition of a portion of chips eaten from a bench overlooking the sea.

I’m exhibiting!

Saltwater, views of the sea - exhibition of paintings by Tori Tipton

Just wanted to share the news that I have an upcoming month-long solo exhibition of my paintings due to take place next month.

This is a fantastic opportunity to exhibit in a popular arts venue in my nearest city and I’m even more thrilled that my exhibition will also be included in the city’s bi-monthly Artwalk

When : Monday 13th March – Friday 14th April

Where : Unity Works, Westgate, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1EP

Reworking paintings

Do you ever revisit one of your old paintings and see it with fresh eyes?

Months later after lessons have been learnt and I’ve had the time to process those lessons I’m now coming back to some of my earlier oil paintings and taking another look at them.

Which is what I’ve been doing over the past couple of weeks as a couple of these paintings just didn’t seem finished. So after a few minor tweaks, I am now much happier with the final results…



They’re only minor additions but have added glazes (in the second image) and more detail (in the first), I even renamed the first one from “After the Storm” to “Clearing Skies” as it seemed more appropriate. There’s nothing major that I’ve changed but I hope that these small changes have improved them.

On another note, I now have an online portfolio of my work over at fear not though I’ll still be posting about my progress and rambling on over here!

Wishing you all a creative week ahead,



New painting -Night Crossing

Night Crossing - seascape in oil by Tori Tipton
Night Crossing – oil on canvas – 46cm x 36cm

I’ve just got time for a quick post today as I’m working super hard trying to get quite a few unfinished paintings completed (the reason for this shall become clear in due course!). This is my latest painting to be completed titled “Night Crossing” which I thought that I’d share with you.

Until next time,

Tori x


Looking forward and creative goals

Well the new year is now well under way now isn’t it?

Now I’m not much of one for making new year’s resolutions but I do like to take time to reflect at the beginning of the year. It’s a good time to explore creative yearnings and aspirations for the year ahead and surge ahead with new ideas, with new energy and determination to fulfil artistic goals.

So on this note I’ve been giving some thought as to which direction I’d like my artistic journey to take me.

Having mulled over where I currently am and where I want to be in terms of becoming an artist I realise that I am now ready to take the next step and progress to selling and exhibiting my paintings on a larger scale. Now if the truth be told I have wanted to do this for some time but have been scared to put this information out there. This fear was holding me back. Nothing has really changed and I’m still scared – scared of failure, scared of success, of the unknown, the what ifs… lets face it I’m just one big scaredy cat! So although I’m still aprehensive about all of these things I now feel that I am ready to face up to the challenge and to me that makes a huge difference.

So in the upcoming weeks I intend to make a plan and hopefully set the wheels in motion for my next step and as and when (no ifs, I’m being positive that this will eventually happen 🙂 ) I have anything to tell you’ll be the first to know.

I guess I’m sharing all of this with you as it makes me more accountable and more likely to act on my goals. So how about you? I’d love to hear your creative goals and aspirations for 2017.

Lunar - Seascape oil painting by Tori Tipton
Lunar – Oil on panel – 30cm x 30cm

In the meantime here’s my first painting of 2017. I completed it at 2.30am after unsuccessfully trying to sleep. I’ve called it “Lunar” as it was obviously influenced by the time of night in which it was painted!

Wishing you all a creative start to 2017.

Until next time,