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Lockdown Painting Experiments Continue: Finding my groove

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£75 each

6cm x 6cm (two on the left)

6cm x 4cm (the allotment on the right)

Whilst in Lockdown I have been going on an adventure with getting down with my painting style.  I like where my drawings are going, I am happy with developments in textile work however now is the time to see where I can take my paintings.  For weeks I have been working my way through a series of hours of frustration, elation (if it can all be pulled together) and curiosity as I try different painting surfaces.  Textured canvas?  I like that for picking up oil pastel marks.  Hard board? I can draw on it with pencil easily and it keeps the line.

These paintings here are my favourite so far.  I have been working with these colours for years and I am glad they have found their way into my paintings.  These were inspired by a feed I follow on Instagram.  The photographer takes high contrast photos of buildings, using interesting angles.  I see the images and mentally break them down into shapes then begin to paint what I am constructing in my mind.  Of course it never translates directly.  Sometimes the accident that happens on canvas is better than what I held in my mind.

The above pieces are for sale for the Artist Support Pledge.  After I sell £2000 of work I then buy a piece from another artists.  It’s artists supporting artists and many of my artist pals are a part of this.  I would be so delighted to support one of them and of course, own a gorgeous piece of art that will bring me happiness for years to come.

 

You can see a portfolio of my illustration, commission and painting work here.  If you like the ones featured here please get in touch.

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Interview with an Artist: Edinburgh Sketcher

The other day I caught up with Mark Kirkham (EdinburghSketcher) and had a great talk about how the Lockdown has been a time to create and explore new things.  Not all things are bad during this weird time in which we find ourselves. There are glimmers of hope and sunshine and I think the best in people has been brought to the surface.

In June Mark and I will be teaching Urban Sketching sessions online.  For more information and to book your spot, please visit the info and ticket page at Eventbrite

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Interview with an Artist: Kenris Macleod (She is sew fabulous)

Well, this is a pretty intense still however I do not have the skills to edit this bit or jump 30 seconds to the right or left.

Last week I caught up with Kenris Macleod about Lockdown, making art and her exhibition that opened just before everything became closed to business.  I hadn’t spoken to Kenris in weeks so this was great to see what she had been up to in the last month and a bit.

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Interview with an Artist – Keith Paton

Yesterday I caught up with Keith Paton.  Talking with Keith is always such a wonderful experience.  He has so many great ideas about his work, supporting other artists and has even helped me set up my website.  Here we talk about what happened in Bloc Gallery right before life on Earth completely changed (aliens might as well land now, such is the extent of the weirdness).

This is also part of the Girl Interrupting Series.  Stay tuned and find out more…

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How do you define Joy?

And I don’t mean the person.  ‘Joy has a sparkling personality, is afraid of snakes and likes taking photos of bees whilst walking along the canal.’  Although that Joy sounds endearing and I’d like to be her friend, I am obviously referring to the feeling.

Over the last many days my joy-o-meter has hit highs, plummeted into a chasm of despair, then bounced back up again.  All the feelings seem so much closer to the surface and all of those nasty ways in which we measure ourselves seem even more difficult to control.  ‘What?!  No Likes?!  What do you know, Twitterland.  Oh wait…but this one has 35.  I am now awesome again’.  Guh. So tired of that game.

This week and next, I’m going to be redirecting my attention to those small moments where joy resides.  I have found that although I do like the spontaneous moment of joy (and by part of its definition, there is a spontaneity about her) I need to ring-fence time to let it happen.

During lockdown, I have given myself permission to treat art like the fun activity I know it can be.  It’s easy to get stuck in the notion that what I make HAS to be of worth to someone else.  In order to make a living, I need people to buy my art.  I have avenues for that (please feel free to visit my website and etsy page) however to grow as an artist, as a person, I need to let loose and experiment.  My current series within a series – Lockdown Art Experiments – gives me just that.  I have been painting in the alla prima style of painting and love it.  This is when you create a painting in one sitting.  There is a freedom to this as it intensely focuses my mind to solve this one problem right in front of me.  I feel lighter, happier, more like myself, when I have put boundaries around this special time to create something just for me.  Joy finds me here.  She finds me when I put two colours next to each other and they just sing.  She finds me when I paint a line that does what I was hoping it would do.  She finds me at the end when I survey what I have done and think ‘it’s not perfect, but it is the direction I have been wanting to go for a long time.’

So, what is it that you do to allow Joy to find you?  This week during my artist interviews, I will be asking artists this very question.  You can find these interviews on my Instagram page starting from this Wednesday.

 

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Crash Course in Art History launching…soon

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Learn and Do

Join us on a journey, starting with the cave paintings in France and ending with Bridget Riley’s painted stripes.  We’ll hop through the centuries and decades, learning interesting facts about the artists along the way.  What did Michelangelo think about being landed the job of painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel?  Who were the Fauves and how have they influenced art today?  After flying through history, we will all create an artwork influenced by one of the artists we learned about.

Think you aren’t good at drawing?  It doesn’t matter!  Some of us have put up barriers due to a bad experience with art making.  This lesson will help to overcome that.  Do you love making art?  Great!  Perhaps you will learn something new and can then repeat that back home.

It has been proven that creating art relieves stress, focuses the mind, encourages us to become creative problem solvers and so much more.

The workshop is divided into two 30 minute sessions:  Learn and Do.  We learn.  And then we make.

Who is this workshop for?

Everyone!  But to narrow that down, here is a list:

– Team Building Groups

– Businesses who observe Mental Awareness Week and are interested in bringing something new and fun into the workplace

– Special events (birthday parties, hen parties, just because parties)

– Educational events (especially for those teachers that might not have a good grasp of art and art history due to the other hundreds of things you are teaching in class).

For more information please visit my website here.

My first event will take place in February and I have been burning the midnight oil planning, designing, thinking, and writing about this event and for this event.  Two months ago I officially listed this effort with Companies House and ever since that day, the foundations have been forming.

2020 is going to be a big year for me.  The exhibition was the first idea to land in my head and grow into big ideas about it being an installation piece.  Soon after Crash Course formed and I had to grab onto it and not let it go.  I have had to move around my work commitments to make way for these two new things.  I am both excited and daunted.  I am curious about how these two ideas will grow and that is winning out over any uncertainty.

What are your big, fun, and scary plans for 2020?

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#allthesmallthings competition

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The other night I thought I would lay out all the drawings I have made for the #allthesmallthings exhibition.  The floor was covered from corner to corner.  I am rather impressed with the number of drawings I have created in spaces where I thought I did not have time to draw. It is interesting to me to see how much my style has changed and developed in just a few short months.  In August I was asked to draw people for the DECIEM launch event in Edinburgh.  I was like ‘People?!  You want me to draw people?  Have you seen my artwork?  I do NOT do people.  Or animals.  Buildings yes, but nothing on two or four legs thanks very much.’  So then I started drawing my friends and family and my obsession with drawing people caught in-between moments grew from there.

There is certainly a style growing from this challenge and I’m so glad I can use materials on the hoof.  I think of those artists with massive studio spaces and hours to be in those spaces.  One day I shall have that but for now I will embrace my parameters and see what great things I can make from here.

As for the COMPETITION part of the title, I have a little competition on the go.  It’s easy to play along.  All you have to do is Follow this blog or Follow me on Twitter or Instagram and tag in a friend.  What do you get for this small yet big action?  On January 31st I will choose two names from a hat and will draw a photo of you/your family/your favourite building/your best holiday snap/your favourite cafe/your prized shop dog in my style.

Please share and thanks for following.

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