Chris Shopland AKA Extempore Art               Blog

upfest 2022

Art Battle


painting a sunflower painting charity auction 


this became the photo for the back cover of the art of extempore art book


I will often draw on these wooden bookmarks while at the market and art trails for something to do

extempore art logo circle
the current logo using a version of your mind is a maze dude (digital)

Welcome to my blog, where I delve into the philosophy of being an artist and share my journey of turning art into a career. As an artist, I've experienced the highs of selling my work and participating in massive street art festivals, but there are also quiet months in between where uncertainty lingers. Through this blog and my YouTube channel, I aim to document this ongoing adventure, expressing through writing and art what videos cannot capture. My primary goal is for this blog to serve as a source of inspiration and support for you throughout your own artistic journey. I understand the isolation that comes with painting alone in my studio, and that's precisely why I've created this platform - to provide companionship and guidance to others on similar paths. it is my hope that in sharing my story, even if I am not directing aiming to help in that particular post, that the antidote will still be off benefit as I document my journey, then other posts will be more insight and focused on helping you, other artists who may be experiencing similar obstacles as they navigate emerging artist to full time artist and business owner. We are all in this together as emerging artists, and I want you to know that you're not alone in your pursuit of a creative career. Let's navigate the challenges and celebrate the triumphs as a community. I invite you to join the conversation in the comments section and become part of a loving and positive community. Genuine connections matter to me, so let's be authentic and honest in our interactions. Share your joys and struggles openly, and let's support and encourage one another. Together, let's embark on this artistic adventure, learning from each other and growing as artists. I'm excited to connect with you and make our dreams come true - one brushstroke at a time..

Upcoming events/where to find me

3rd September Lost Horizon 2-9pm street of soul day party.

23rd and 24th September BS3 South Bristol Art trail at Kask wine North Street 11am-5pm