A Gallery & shop of paintings, hand embellished prints, cards and other art gifts – all made by Cheryl Reeves

Happy art for a happy home…

My name is Cheryl.  I am the Moorwishes Artist who lives in Tavistock on the edge of Dartmoor in England.  I have a little shop in Tavistock, so if you are ever in the area, please check out my opening times and pop in to say hello.  I would love to see you.

I love to design and create and painting is an absolute joy.

An eruption of colour, a sprinkle of glitter and a touch of whimsy – creating art makes me happy.

I am often asked what sort of art I paint.  I often think people imagine studious artists painting beautiful landscapes or wonderful portraits of people or animals. 

But me, I paint happy things! Flowers. trees. the seaside, a full moon – these are all things that make me happy, so this is what I paint.  Cheerful uplifting paintings.  I describe my paintings as Happy Art for a Happy Home.
My artwork is inspired primarily by nature and also by words and colour.  I paint from my imagination.

Nature, particularly plants and the changing seasons inspire me. I love to walk being surrounded by the ever-changing colours, shapes and textures of nature.  There is so much beauty out there.  I think the earth and its flora and fauna is pretty wondrous and who can fail to be inspired during April/May when all the Devon hedgerows burst into colour?

I am also inspired by words – poems, song lyrics and stories especially fairy tales, myths and legends.  The titles of my paintings are very important.  While I am out walking, immersing myself in my surroundings, little phrases pop into my head and these are the start of my titles.  Once I have decided on the words I wish to use, I start my painting.
I paint on canvas, paper or board using acrylics, inks and pastels. building up layers.  I use brushes, spray bottles, sponges and my hands.  I like to splash colour around – it makes me happy even though I ruin a lot of furniture and I’m not sure what colour the carpet was!  I have considerable magpie tendencies so I am attracted to pearlescent and glittery paints.

I always have music playing in the background, singing and dancing to music is an essential part of my painting process.  And if the house is empty, I sing very loudly and very badly!  Because music is so central to my painting experience I use music manuscript paper in my paintings either layered in the background or as spots within the painting,  It seems right, colours seem to sing.

Occasionally, I use old book pages in my paintings and sometimes I use old maps to represent the earth. And always, always there is a little sparkle involved.  I stitch in sequins to my paintings at the end of the painting process because they catch the light and shimmer more than paint alone.

I paint from my imagination, of a happy world where daisies dance and the flowers are having a giggle!  I hope that my colourful paintings will make people smile.

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