Blue Madonna and Camelias

Loved painting this.  Even painting with blues gives me a peaceful serene feeling and the camelias are right outside my studio window.  Pthalo blue in particular is my favourite blue, and I also used French ultramarine and a little turquoise.

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The Doves

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The Doves.

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Strange landscape


New painting, still ongoing, but wanted to capture it at this stage.  All paintings on this blog are copyright Alice Mason.

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Walking in the snow with my boy.

I love walking and it’s probably the most important activity in my life, apart from painting.  Even during the worst weather I chuck myself out of the door and force myself up that hill and along the cliff path.  Snow is beautiful, it can’t be denied, and walking in it can feel like I have entered a parallel universe.  But when it’s accompanied by Siberian ice-wind it’s a different matter.  Getting a teenage boy to go for a long walk in the snow is no mean feat, but bribery works.

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My online art classes


Online art course with me.  Cost £90 (GBP) via Paypal, prior to the course.  We will be painting a series of paintings throughout different courses.  One painting per course.  Effectively, this is £90 per painting.  The first course contains 23 videos, available only to course participants.  I can send the video links to you all at once, so that you can watch them and paint with me in your own time. To begin with we will be painting a painting entitled The Lovers.  This is a favourite theme of mine and also a favourite theme of many noteworthy painters throughout art history, particularly Marc Chagall.

I see the painting as a kind of secular prayer for that which we wish to manifest or evoke in this life, either literally or metaphorically.   We will be painting together and I will be guiding you, holding your hand the whole way.  I will form a Facebook group page for those on the course, where we can share ideas, insights, thoughts and photographs, and I will give feedback.  To register an interest in learning with me from the comfort of your own home, please contact me or email  For the next online course I will be teaching how to paint a self-portrait as our symbolic / mystic-self.  I will be offering meditative, gentle guidance, setting intentions, using the painting as a form of meditation and healing,  knowing the painting as a secular prayer. Painting modern iconography. Teaching my own techniques: the methods I use such as painting my birds, or other spirit animals, how to paint a face, a figure, light and shade, a symbolic landscape, glazing, colour washes, pattern, how to bring forms forward or push them back through glazes, using under-painting through abstracted techniques, adding white, or leaving white space, using words as under-painting too. Techniques such as glazing, dry brush-work, stippling, acrylic pen-work, detailing, and stenciling. Working from my favourite themes: Iconography, Goddess archetypes, the Divine Feminine, Jungian archetypes, symbolism, mysticism, metaphysical art, shamanic and alchemical totems, sacred geometry, pattern, ornament, process and intuitive painting.
For me, there must always be the still-point. The point where you find the zone, where the painting is painting itself through you as the conduit. Or you come to a point where there is a deep meditation.  This is my intention in my art practice and in teaching.

Register an interest here via the contact form, or email me:



A selection of acylic paints.  Daler Rowney is a good make.   Colours:  cadmium red, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, burnt umber, yellow ochre, titanium white, sap green  Also a good make of purple.  I use Windsor and Newton purple.

A selection of brushes, from fine-tipped to slightly thicker and up to 0.5 inch, or 1 cm thickness.  Also a bristly brush.  This is for stippling and stenciling.  Make sure the end is slightly stubby.  Thickness of this bristly brush is about 1 cm, or 0.5 inch.  Also a simple household paint brush.  This is for varnishing and decoupage.

Stencils.  There are many different designs and they are available online.  I get mine from Amazon.

A selection of fine-tipped acrylic Posca pens.  A variety of colours, including white.

A selection of decoupage (decopatch) papers.  Not too many; just of your choosing, 1-3 sheets.

Decoupage (decopatch) glue.

Gold Dutch metal (much cheaper than gold leaf.)  One sheet only used in this painting but it is bought in a small booklet so you will have plenty left over.

A canvas, canvas board, or acrylic paper.  Dimensions approximately 30 cm by 40 cm, or 12 inches by 16 inches.

A 3B pencil.

A palette.  Glass jars for water.  Kitchen towel or rags to mop up or dab.

All materials can be bought online or in art shops.  I generally use Amazon.

Please see the video of all the materials.  Link here

During the course of approximately 23 videos, I will take you on a journey of a painting, from beginning to end.  I will make ‘mistakes’ which are all an inevitable part of the process, and how to correct them or change them, and guide you through the painting and teach you my techniques, thoughts and insights.  There will be long periods where I am simply painting, with the camera following my progress, and you can paint along with me, pausing or advancing the video when you need to.  I encourage you to make your own decisions.  The first is a painting of two lovers in a landscape, but you may choose to paint just one person.  It’s all up to you.  You may choose to use different colours to the ones I use.  I will make a Facebook group page where we can share our thoughts, pictures, questions and ideas.  Or you can email me privately with photos or questions.  I will do my best to always answer any questions you may have.  After you have made the payment to me via Paypal,  I will send you the links to all the videos, which are available only to course participants.  I believe this will be the easiest way for you to work in your own time. The cost via Paypal is £90 GBP, and the email associated with my Paypal is:

Paypal also does a currency conversion for you if you are from another country.


Artists who inspire me:

So many, but here are a few to look at to start with:

Henri Rousseau, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cecil Collins, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, William Blake, Pierre Bonnard, Raoul Dufy, Odilon Redon, Gustav Moreau.


Alice x

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Gold Moon Lovers

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Gold Moon Lovers.  Painting on canvas paper.  Here is my Etsy shop:

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Anahita Water Goddess.

‘Drink from the well of yourself and begin again’.  Charles Bukowski.

A signed, fine art giclee print of Anahita, Water Goddess, divinity of wisdom and fertility. From an original painting by me, artist Alice Mason. Professionally printed on satin archival thick paper/card and signed and dated by me.
This print is A4 in size, 8.5 inches by 11.5 inches or 22 cm by 29 cm. It will be extremely safely and securely packaged, floated on cardboard and cello wrapped, so that it arrives in perfect condition. Ready for framing.

Anahita water Goddess

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Something that really resonates right now..

“Life is a repeated cycle of getting lost and then finding yourself again. There are many smaller cycles within that cycle where you get lost to a smaller degree and then remember yourself again. Sometimes you do it to yourself on purpose, consciously or unconsciously. Every time you get lost it is so that you can learn something or experience something from a different perspective.” Jay Woodman

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Olives and other stories

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Olive picking

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