Helena Tarn Art

Helena Tarn


  • 11 Things I Always Have In My Art Studio

    11 Things I Always Have In My Art Studio

    Every artist is different when it comes to their studio essentials. Apart from the obvious painting supplies (which again varies drastically from painter to painter), there can be a wide difference in what we choose to surround ourselves within order to help our creative practice. For some, this includes some favourite tunes or podcasts to…


  • Starting A New Painting: Planning and Process

    Starting A New Painting: Planning and Process

    Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. Pablo Picasso I love starting a new painting. For me the process is part of the whole story of an artwork. It is just as important (if not more so) than the end result. I didn’t always plan my paintings. Especially when I started out, I…


  • How Varnish Protects Your Artwork

    How Varnish Protects Your Artwork

    From time to time, I get asked quite a few questions about my painting process. One of these questions is why I varnish my work. This is a personal preference and many artists don’t even choose to use varnish. But I do. There are a couple of reasons for this, namely aesthetic and for protection.…


  • ‘Untamed’ Series Update

    ‘Untamed’ Series Update

    I wanted to share an update on my latest series of paintings ‘Untamed’. So far the collection is proving to be full of bold textures and vibrant, striking colours. If you’ve been following along on my Instagram page you will have seen a few sneak peeks of some of the paintings I’m working on. All…


  • New Year, New Prints

    New Year, New Prints

    If you follow my website or my Instagram, you will know that last summer I released a series of work entitled ‘Laze’. The word laze is not made up (I promise!). It is a combination of the words lava and haze — is the product of a chemical reaction that happens when molten lava hits the…


  • Introducing The Untamed Series

    Introducing The Untamed Series

    “It looks like the beginning of the world, somehow: the sea looks older than in other places, the hills and rocks strange, and formed differently from other rocks and hills…The hill-tops are shattered into a thousand cragged fantastical shapes. The savage rock-sides are painted of a hundred colours. Does the sun ever shine here? When…


  • 3 Glorious Days on The Causeway Coast

    3 Glorious Days on The Causeway Coast

    If you haven’t been to the Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland, what are you doing?? Go right now, immediately! Do not pass go! Do not collect $200… OK, maybe do collect the cash… Because then you can spend it all in this ridiculously awesome place! How do you do it Northern Ireland? Every place I…


  • Buying Art As A Gift

    Buying Art As A Gift

    Art makes a wonderful gift to mark any occasion. It’s an incredibly personal present and a unique and thoughtful way to connect with loved ones and to show them how much they mean to you. Art gifts come in all shapes and sizes and can suit any budget. Art is a memorable, heartfelt gift and…


  • A Life Less Ordinary: Suzanne Valadon

    A Life Less Ordinary: Suzanne Valadon

    I paint with the stubbornness I need for living, and I’ve found that all painters who love their art do the same. Suzanne Valadon It’s rare (ok, not that rare) that a painting stops me in my steps. But occasionally a painting really does STOP me. Many years ago, a trip to Paris, wandering the…


  • 8 Ways I’m Styling My Home This Winter

    8 Ways I’m Styling My Home This Winter

    Have you ever wondered why British people constantly talk about the weather? Well, it’s considered polite, neutral conversation (which is always important) but also because there is so darn much to talk about. One minute it is bright sunshine, the next minute it is pouring with rain. But on the whole, you generally know what…