Monday, 10 July 2017

Personal Challenge Result

Sometimes it’s a good idea to have a personal obligation to yourself to show up to a challenge every day. As a self employed artist who is selling internationally it’s easy to stay within the style your clients see as you.
It is important though to continue to develop and exercise the creative muscle out of the normal zone. Hence today I have finished a personal challenge to paint a small landscape every day for thirty days. I set the challenge publicly so that I was accountable. Some days it was uncomfortable to show up to the easel. Some days I had to paint at 5am to get it done. But I did it. 
Today is the last day. I can truly say I have developed over the short time and experimented in ways I may not normally when working on commissions.
….and funnily enough I have sold three of them completely unintentionally. I wouldn’t have guessed that would happen.
Here’s to setting slightly uncomfortable goals!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

2016 - a good year for art

If you don’t know me already this is a little about me and the year that has nearly finished. It’s been a whirlwind, very busy but very happy-making!!
Clare Wassermann lives and works in Wolverhampton. Originally gaining an honours degree in Music with Education, then teaching and playing saxophone and clarinet in London and Nottingham, she re-qualified as a Registered Homeopath and returned to Wolverhampton in 2001. For fourteen years she happily combined teaching and homeopathy but then her artwork suddenly began to take off.
“I have always enjoyed painting, drawing and stitching since childhood, encouraged by my father who was a long-standing member of Wolverhampton Society of Artists, but suddenly my work really began to sell in 2014”
She had started to paint larger paintings which were very vibrant and uplifting and buyers were inspired by their optimistic and health giving properties. “I love the idea of layer upon layer in paint, memories and experience. Some paintings have ten or even twenty layers built up and most are in response to my meditation and yoga practice. All are a pure celebration of my external and internal landscape. Juxtaposition of edges and colour combinations excite me.
I use recurring symbols, meaningful to me and sometimes words in my layers, building up and letting go of images as I work.
Sometimes I work in fabric and stitch for even more texture.
I use my intuition, as far as possible, to take me on the journey towards a final balance point. This art practice becomes a metaphor for life”.

In January 2016, after a successful exhibition, she took the plunge and rented a studio at Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton and since then things have moved apace.
An American Author, Kathy Walsh, admired her work on Instagram and asked her if she would illustrate her next children’s book. “I looked at her previous books on Amazon and saw that she was writing with an aim to promote peace and mindfulness for children”, Clare commented, “so I decided to accept this opportunity and embrace a new genre for me”.
The first two books, “Today An Elephant I Will Be” and “My Mindfulness ABC”are now available and I’m working on the third which will be out in the early part of next year. Kathy and she are planning some events in the U.S.A. next year.
Another unexpected development has been teaching art workshops in the studio space. I work with small groups to open up creative ideas and build confidence in expression in paint and mixed media. Artists who are experiencing block and adults who feel that they would like to paint creatively but lack confidence have all enjoyed these unusual and enjoyable days.
Details on the Workshop page
Some items are in my SHOP (always being updated)- otherwise contact me

A big THANK YOU to all those who have supported me and encouraged along the way. You know who you are, and I couldn’t have kept it up without you.

Gentle Rain2 Clare Wassermann 30 inches square photo Neil Roberts

“Gentle Rain” Acrylic on box canvas 30″ x 30″

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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Summer Updates

I certainly am enjoying the longer days of Summer despite the enormous amount of rain that we have experienced here in the UK. But the upside of that is that everything is very lush and green around where I live. The garden is romping away and the weeds are growing, as usual twice as fast as everything else!
It’s been a busy two months. My ‘creativity in paint workshops’ have taken off – all the sketchbook, 12″ canvas and 30″ canvas ones have filled up here in Wolverhampton, so I am shortly going to release some more dates on the Workshops page of this website. However I am taking to the road in October and doing some teaching in Cornwall (October 26th in Mylor Bridge, near Truro and October 27th at Threemilestone, also near Truro).
It’s all about expressing yourself in paint in sketchbooks and on paper – beginners and more experienced are very welcome.
Connect and Unite
Connect and Unite – Sketchbook 2016


Crazy mad summer time – the season for art to come out of the closet it seems. I am lucky to be selected for exhibition currently in Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Asylum Gallery Wolverhampton and I’ve just been astounded to find myself in the Macynlleth Open at MOMA Wales from July 9th – September 1st with a small oil painting entitled ” At My Side My Cradled Infant Slumbers Peacefully” taken from a line from a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. A great honour to be part of this.
And In My Arms My Infant Gently Slumbers_oil on board_12x8_inches_scan
“At My Side My Cradled Infant Slumbers Peacefully” Oil on Canvas 8″x 12″
Gentle Rain2 Clare Wassermann 30 inches square photo Neil Roberts
“Gentle Rain” Acrylic on box canvas 30″ x 30″

Pintar Rapido

We had our own Pintar Rapido here in Wolverhampton last weekend which was a great community event. We called it Paint The Day – 70 members of the public got their paper and canvases stamped and rushed into the very changeable weather to paint scenes in the local area of Whitmore Reans in Inner City Wolverhampton. We returned our work by 5pm and overnight some elves hung the exhibition.
It’s still up until next Saturday (July 9th) at Newhampton Arts Centre for the public to see at midday for two hours during the week and all day Saturday until the closing in the evening. All work is for sale and there is an auction on Saturday of remaining pieces. Proceeds go to keep this lovely Arts Centre open as the funding has all been removed by the Council due to continuing austerity measures. Do go and support everyone if you can – there’s some lovely children’s work.
painting in West Park conservatory
partially worked painting in West Park Conservatory
Finally  to mention I am part of a lovely exhibition at Tettenhall Wood Institute which is of a wonderfully diverse and contemporary spread of work by Wolverhampton Embroiderers’ Guild. Open 10-4 July 9th and 10th

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Sketchbook Work

Sketchbook work

One of the beauties of keeping a sketchbook for painting in, I find, is not necessarily making notes and thumbnails for future work, but simply to feel an emotion into. This is what I try to teach on some of  my workshops.
The sketchbook is a freeing and liberating place sometimes, without the importance of a full sized painting.
This week I attended a funeral for a colleague who’s life was cut short before she was even 40 years old. There are no words for this. It was useful for me to express the inexpressible. Both art and music do this for me.
The Inexpressible

A Pleasure Trip

Yesterday I went to Saltaire, Yorkshire to visit the open houses there which have displays and sales of art in them from artists of the area. The houses in themselves are treat to visit, built as they were originally as dwellings for workers in the mill belonging to Titus Salt. There was some excellent art to be seen – it’s all open again today if you can manage the trip.
Salt’s Mill itself is now an amazing building with galleries, shops and a huge amount of work by David Hockney. It was fabulous to stand so close to paintings such as this which are all in a shop which is filled with art books and materials – heaven!
This is Salt’s Mill – huge! What’s more it has the most glorious kitchenware shop!
salts mill


See the workshops page above – I have opened a couple of new dates for Creative Sketchbooks workshops – click here for information as to what’s available – they are proving very popular. They take place in Wolverhampton but there will be some in Cornwall in October. Watch this space!


Two coming up soon
  1. Wolverhampton Open Studios – my studio at Newhampton Arts Centre, Dunkley St., Wolverhampton WV1 4AN is open on June 25-26th 2016 from 10am – 3pm.
    Lots of other houses and studios are open that weekend.
  2. Bantock House and Park, Wolverhampton July 23rd – Sept 4th 2016 with a theme of “Birds”. Children’s activities and exhibition in the gallery. Street Art also by Steve Edwards.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Workshops with Clare Wassermann

Recently I have started teaching and hosting workshops at my studio in Newhampton Arts Centre, Dunkley Street, Wolverhampton WV1 4AN
Sometimes I am the tutor and other times there is a visiting teacher.

WORKSHOP:Unleash Your Creativity – Clare Wassermann10am – 4pm – £25houses_journal_2016

May 10th 2016 – full

June 8th 2016 – full

July 4th 2016 – full

September 13th 2016 – 5 spaces available 


A workshop to help you open up your creative soul and find a voice with paint in sketchbooks and on paper. This would be ideal if you have never painted before or you have plenty of art experience but suffer creative block and don’t know where to start.
A relaxed and introspective day to fire up your creative mojo.
email me on to reserve a space


Jewellery Making with Linda Alton

Thursday May 26th 9.45 – 2.15 – two places left
£30 includes all materials

Jewellery Workshop
A wonderful introduction to making beautiful jewellery
What you’ll learn on the day:
• Introductions to jewellery making tools and their uses
• Introduction to jewellery making supplies
• Turning the perfect loop using silver wire
• Making strong connections with jump rings
• Design and make a pair of earrings
• Design and make a simple bracelet
• Design and make an adjustable pendant
• Stockists to get you started to continue with your creative jewellery making
email Clare on to reserve your space.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Best Thing Ever

Follow the link to see why I'm super duper excited and working hard at the moment. Except work is the wrong word. 

Thursday, 4 February 2016

No Time Like The Present

"Right Here And Now"
A reminder of where to be!
12x12" acrylic in box canvas. Ready to hang. 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016


I loved working on this painting in 2014. It was a symbol of a new way of working taking my inspiration from meditation and yoga. 

This week I sold it and let it go. Something I could have found difficult but I make a practice of being able to let go throughout life. It’s a key secret and needs to be repeatedly worked on in every sense. 

Anyway it has a lovely new owner who is very pleased I’m happy to say.  

“By The Pool” 

Acrylic on canvas 24″x29″

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Products from my paintings!

Very excited that my new iPhone case has arrived with one of my paintings on it! Quite a few products available with my designs now at the above link: eg mugs, cushions, lovey tote bags and cases for phones, laptops and tablets. Click on the link below to take a look.
All colourful and vibrant

Sunday, 3 January 2016

New year, New place

Here's what's new for 2016; I've rented a studio, well half a studio at a local arts centre to see how it feels to go to work out of the house. Well it's half a studio but it's big and set in a Victorian school room, so lovely large windows and plenty of light. 
I went today and stitched to try to break the back of a big quilt based on a painting of mine. I got more done than I would have done at home because of the lack of domestic distractions. 
I just need to get my paints there and make that transition next. 
Here it is so far
I do hope it works out and that I don't miss working from the convenience of my room at home. It's only 2 miles away though so it should be ok! 

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Sketchbook slitherings

So much rain! Another slithery muddy walk at Baggeridge. Even though the going is a challenge underfoot there's still that low sunlight slanting through rushes and tonal contrast to note in a sketchbook

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

A Walk in Tonal Values

Today I went for a walk to blow away the Christmas stuffiness. It was at Baggeridge which was the site of brickworks in the Industrial Revolution. Today it's a country park but there are mines below the ground and caves and because of that there are occasionally minor earthquakes centred here. Unusual in the UK. 
Today it was crisp but muddy underfoot. The sun shone and the value contrasts were heavenly. When I came back I wanted to capture the astonishing lights against darks at Bag Pond

Monday, 28 December 2015

What The World Needs

"Peace; and Light Rising" - a small painting to wish something for the New Year that this world needs beyond all else.
I have decided to sell a series of new small works to fund the rental of my new studio. This is available for £75.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Cotswold Scene

The Cotswolds are one of the most beautiful parts of the British Isles. Lying just south of the Midlands, the rolling countryside and honey stone walls of the buildings provide plenty of inspiration for an artist. 

Last year I had the good fortune to be able to go and stay with my family in a little cottage in Chipping Camden and we had some beautiful walks even though the weather was quite stormy.

In the piece above you can see the dark lowering clouds against bright green fields. This is a mixed media piece using gesso, acrylic ink, watercolour, stitch, lace and more. 

Today I sold it to a loving home and I’m very happy. 

Friday, 4 December 2015


Very pleased to be part of this next week; I have nine pieces showing and there are several artists, a bar and band and other events. 

acrylic on canvas

“Dance Like Never Before”

Illusion Art Fair

Showing: 11/12/2015 to 13/12/2015

Wolverhampton – Newhampton Arts Centre

The first Contemporary Art Fair held in the restored gallery hall with plenty of art on display accompanied by live music and premium bar. Tickets: Donation to the Newhampton Arts Centre.

The gala opening night of Illusion Contemporary Art Fair is at Newhampton Arts Centre Friday 11th December 6-10pm featuring live music from talented vocalist Karla Milton with the beautiful sounds of guitar, clarinet and piano from James and Andrea Stanley; a showcase of artistic designs from London College of fashion lecturer Lucy London who is about to launch a fashion academy in Wolverhampton; a bar and the opportunity to preview and purchase work before the main weekend of the fair. Saturday 12th December and Sunday 13th December opening hours are 11am – 4pm. 

With the caliber of artists and work featured the team running Illusion Contemporary Art Fair are expecting a busy weekend with many beautiful and exclusive Christmas gifts finding their way to new homes.

Kesia Pennington-Yates
Tel: 07956995362

Thursday, 26 November 2015

"Uplifted"40 X 30" available to purchase
Just heard that I've been asked to exhibit at 'ILLUSION CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR' to be held at Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton, England, WV1 4AN. There's a gala opening on Friday evening 11th December 6-10pm Concluding on Sunday 13th December. All welcome. 
A bar, music and a fashion show are all part of an exciting evening.

Monday, 16 November 2015


'The Many Moons of Peace'. May there be peace somehow one day soon. May folk realise how we are connected and should not presume to own this earth we tread. 

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Christmas Card Offering

Christmas cards available to order. £4 for a pack of 6 plus £2 postage (uk) or collect from me if local. 

Message inside reads "peace and joy". 

These cards are 15cm square.

Please let me know in the comments box if you'd like some. 

Monday, 19 October 2015

Stag Party

So today I have finished a design for printing this year's cards. Must think of a title. Suggestions welcome!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Celebrating Contrast

It's the downs that make the ups so good in life,  austerity that makes a splurge such fun in the shops and shared tears and joy that build deep friendships. The Autumn low light slanting through the trees and acid green leaves of Spring against a lowering purple sky. This is what really makes my heart sing.

I celebrate contrast with paint on canvas for it is that which makes the world sparkle to me. 

Taking Some Art Out and About

Yesterday I had a fabulous time at a beautiful private historic house in Staffordshire. It was a Cancer Research sale event. Loved every minute. A super opportunity to show my work and talk about it. I realised how nice it is to chat to interested people about the story behind my paintings and philosophy of the joy of it all. 

Monday, 14 September 2015

Glass Half Full?

Always work on making your glass half full. This is my mantra.
I have enjoyed the making of this painting. I get a buzz from the contrast between the lilac (almost) neutral of the background, the yellows of the table and the shimmer of that hydrangea from the garden.
Acrylic on board 24″ x 20″. For sale.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Gratitude and Abundance

Every day I make sure I try to notice the little things. I think it’s so healthy to appreciate the beauty around us in whatever situation. I celebrated today by painting the abundance of flowers around me in the garden and picking more to photograph and influence this series of floral paintings honouring the Summer.
Here’s “Vase Of Abundance” acrylic on canvas board 20″ x 24″ finished this weekend and for sale. I tried to capture the exhuberence of these big blooms
Vase of Abundance
Even in our local urban environment there are beautiful moments noticing some peeling paint, some old distressed wood or rusty, aged metal. Some of the shapes in our Victoriana in my town are superb.
gatesDefinitely more flower power paintings to come this next few weeks! Do call back here! x

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Ganesha - Remover of Obstacles

I’ve just got back from a week long alternative health and music festival called One World Camp. It was in Somerset this year and I’m walking on sunshine now. The food is macrobiotic and mostly vegetarian, almost all organic and locally sourced. There are plenty of workshops, a choir, drumming circles, lectures and games for all.
One workshop I did whilst there was with Jon Athawes and was entitled “The Real Me”. It involved various methods of getting to the nub of where you wanted to be in a set timescale in your future. It was really quite powerful. I think Jon is going to write a book on it this year so watch this space.
On my return I expressed my feelings in a painting called “Strength In Gentleness – Ganesha”. I often have this Hindu god in mind as he is the remover of obstacles in your way. I have a strong vision of where I want to be and it’s already working. Ganesha symbolises reaching your potential. So this Ganesha has flowers in his hair to express the great feeling I have resulting from the festival.
The original sold the next day from my Facebook post (my page is at Clare Wassermann Art and Stitch) but I am organising a very limited run of signed prints. They are 30″ x 21″ image size. Some have already been reserved. Do let me know if you’d like one. They’re £140. My email is 

Thursday, 11 June 2015

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

Keeping up the practice; I am lucky. I am finding ways to devote more time to painting. I have children, now in their teens, who are becoming independent more and more. They are required to get the bus whenever possible. They can now shop for some of their own food and prepare it if they need to. This has taken some effort since doing it for them can often be quicker and easier (and less messy) but when I see so many parents driving their kids everywhere when we have pretty good public transport I despair.
Another thing. Internet shopping for all the boring, heavy and repetitive goods has helped. Then I top up locally supporting the little independent shops as I need to.
I have in my head what I'm going to do be doing before I do it. I'm thinking about that when doing the mundane or driving (oops). When it comes to painting time I'm ready to go. 
So even though I have two jobs, two teens and a husband to administer to I still seem to be fairly productive. I do dream colours though and often wake with ideas in the morning. I also am a firm believer in using the little chunks of time in between other responsibilities to get on and go for it. Having said that I'm an early riser. 5.30am is my friend. 
But I'm shattered by the end of the day and go a bit weak at 4pm for a while!!
So recently I have been on a roll. I love hares. I am captivated by their shape and also by the legends behind the hare from Pagan times here but also they feature in legends from all over the world.
The above painting "Under The Hill"   40" x 30" in acrylic sold very quickly. I could have sold it a few times. Hares speak to people it seems. I have some nice box canvas prints of it measuring 30" x 22" at £140 plus postage. The print quality is exceptional.
Spring Arrives Clare Wassermann copyright
This is for sale - please let me know if you are interested 
I am about to start a third in the series of hares. As I say, keeping in the flow and utilising every tiny chink of time.
It's not a coincidence that my father used to recite this at home many, many times:
If - By Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Saturday, 23 May 2015

A Painting, My Garden and some Indigo

Feeling full of the joys of spring and painting like crazy. The garden is zinging and it's inspirational to paint. Mind you this is my friend's dog Dottie who I love. Might do some pet commissions I think?

Anyway I was sitting having my morning smoothie in the Summerhouse / shed or THE SHRINE and just marvelled at the number of birds around me - garden almost in full bloom.

and a little quiet stitching of indigo as a meditation to begin the day

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Why Art Is Healthy For Me

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