Anya's Studio Blog

  • Half marathon inspiration...

    You may be looking at the cover image and be wondering what a painting of Candice Brathwaite has got to do with running a half marathon. Well let me explain...
  • 3 ways to start using colour in your artwork

    So you’re scared of using in colour in your paintings?

    As a super colourful painter who uses colour to the max in all my portraits and murals I often get asked about how to go about it. People are often a bit nervous about stepping out of their monochrome comfort zone and getting bright! But don’t fear...

    Read on to discover my 3 top tips for adding colour to your work...

  • Creating a Portrait in Water Mixable Oils

    I’d like to show you my process of how I built up a portrait painting, in just a few hours, using water mixable oil paints, including photo tons throughout the process.
  • Painting my first self portrait

    As an artist who usually paints pet portraits, I decided to turn my hand instead to human portraiture. Read on to see how I started off with trying to paint colourful self portraits in both watercolours and acrylic paints and how massively the portraits differ.
  • Eyes and Ears and Mouth and Nose

    In my attempt to become better at portraiture during lockdown, I worked on some important facial features in different mediums.
  • Approaching Portraiture in Lockdown

    Whilst the country went into lockdown, lots of people saw it as the perfect chance to learn something new. I decided it was a great opportunity to challenge myself to get better at portraiture. Here's how I started...
  • How I Fell In Love...

    ...with watercolours!


    I have always loved paint, there’s no denying that, but I wasn’t always so enamoured with watercolours. I’m now doing the majority of my work in watercolours so what on earth happened?

  • Why It's Important To Say Yes, And No

    I’m a firm believer in grasping every opportunity by the horns and rolling with it to see where it may take you. It’s honestly amazing to think of the things we’ve done because we said yes!
  • We can ALL be artists

    Art, like music, theatre and other creative artforms, can make us cry, make us smile, make us think, change our perceptions, challenge us to look deeper into the piece or ourselves and get people debating the world over. Art can be beautiful, political, terrifying, hilarious and everything in between and I truly believe that everyone, yes even you, can create it.
  • Welcome!

    Hello there and welcome the brand new shop and blog for Anya's Studio! Read on to find out more about me, what I do and where I work.