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,


Morning Mist, Whitby – A study in perseverance

Ever since returning from my field trip to the charming North Yorkshire coastal town of Whitby I’ve been wanting to capture it in oils. I began a painting a few weeks ago of what was going to be a straight forward scene viewed from across the harbour. Continue reading “Morning Mist, Whitby – A study in perseverance”

The creative flow

Moontide - Oil on panel - 30cm x 30cm Seascape by Tori Tipton
Moontide – Oil on panel – 30cm x 30cm

“One makes use of pigments, but one paints with one’s feelings.”

-Jean-Baptiste- Simeon Chardin

For some time now I have been aware how my feelings affect my paintings. Never has this been more so since I began painting my Saltwater series. The results of my seascapes are more often than not a subconscious manifestation of what is happening in my life at that moment in time. Only on reflection does this became apparent to me, never are the paintings contrived to fit an emotion, they are a completely instinctive acknowledgment that manifests as I am painting. Continue reading “The creative flow”

In search of simple

Endless - Oil on board - 30cm x 30cm Seascape by Tori Tipton
Endless – Oil on board – 30cm x 30cm

“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.”

― John Maeda

Simplifying is a process that’s been part of my life for a few years now. It started with a passing interest in minimalist interiors, the sparseness appealed to me on a deep level which prompted a slow progression toward paring back my belongings. Continue reading “In search of simple”

A new painting – “Daybreak”

Tori Tipton Seascape "Daybreak" - oil on canvas - 30cm x 40cm
Daybreak – Oil on canvas – 30cm x 40cm

My latest painting, “Daybreak”, is a little looser than my previous paintings. For this one I had no reference other than distant memories of looking out at the sea on early mornings, not yet able to distinguish in the growing light the defining line between the sea and the sky.

Continue reading “A new painting – “Daybreak””