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.
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
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.
The Meadows. The Links. We live close to this glorious strip of green that weaves its way in between tenements and streets. To be in lockdown in Edinburgh feels somewhat lucky as we have these generous green spaces to escape to. These grassy knolls and treelined walkways connect one neighbourhood to the next. Get yourself on a bike and you’ll find you can connect all the way to Holyrood Park.
I’m pleased with how this one is turning out. A few more details here and there and that’s me done.
I’m starting to populate my website with these interesting treasures. They’re treasures to me as they show me the gift of time I’ve been given to make them. To find out more please hop along to see my brilliantly colourful Paintings.
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…
A couple of weeks ago I decided to start interviewing artists who I have been following on Instagram. I have seen how their work and their lives have been effected by Lockdown. These videos were created with the intention of sharing the creative process, how people have had to swerve with their careers to keep on keepin on, and to also give positive steps that can be taken to turn a day around if it’s not quite going your way.
My first interview was with Jenni Douglas. I’m such a fan girl. Please check out this video and then go see her work www.jennidouglas.co.uk