I’m not very good at remembering to take photos of my work in progress. However I’m pleased to say that I made a special effort with this painting to capture some of the stages of development. This isn’t a formula on how I paint all my pictures, but it does show you my thought process and a few techniques. I hope you enjoy.
Each artwork comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity. The certificate is about a specific painting and is to demonstrate that the painting is authentic. It contains details about the artwork like when and how it was produced; the artist name, the work’s exact title, year, the dimensions of the art and the medium used. Sealed with the artist signature.
As an artist I want to capture your interest within seconds. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words; I like to talk to my readers in a glance. And perhaps, in that glance, a piece of art can move you in an inexplicable way; it can suggest, evoke and enthrall. Perhaps art can’t change or save the world, but I believe it can help to change or save the individual. It certainly did for me.
Oil or Acrylic? It’s an age old question and one I’ve struggled with for a while. As a general rule, and admittedly what swayed me for many years, is that acrylics are cheaper and more affordable than oils. At that rather shallow analysis in my equally shallow youth, I left it at that and for years I painted with acrylics. That’s not a terrible thing by the way, I love acrylics – but I’ve often wondered whether I’m missing out.
There is nothing like the instant gratification of viewing the photo you just took. However while the technology may be instant, the skill in becoming a photographer takes patience and practice. I rely heavily on my photography skills in order to build up a library of images that I can refer to for my paintings. While I get inspiration by being out in the countryside, my memory is imperfect – so my personal inspiration library is a combination of feelings, emotions and experiences captured in my head, and photos captured on my camera. Between the two I can get the sense and the detail.
After moving to Cornwall this year I look back with fond memories of London – while I don’t mind a visit – I’d never live there again. But it did make me wonder what’s going on with the London art world. I exhibit and sell my paintings online with Londonart.co.uk and decided to get in touch with its owner Paul Wynter to get the latest updates.
Many people think buying original art is beyond their financial reach, an expensive luxury that is only available to the upper class. However times have changed and the Internet has opened up a world where artists can reach people and people can reach artists. The best thing about that is, without galleries – the price of art is much more affordable.
So many artists are struggling to get by with full or part-time jobs in order to pay the bills. There are many of us out there, and we know that we can’t rely on an online gallery to build up a customer base, therefore have to be more creative in order to build a business around doing what we love. How do many of us start? We create an art blog. You’re reading my blog now! But the key question is, how do we create a successful art blog? How can we generate traffic and more importantly, how can we generate the right kind of traffic?
I received an email the other day from one of my favourite artists Erin Hanson, in this email I saw that she had published a book of her work called ‘Open Impressionism’. The book looks stunning but it got me thinking. Why create an artist book and will it really make a difference? I dropped a note to Erin with these questions and below you can read what I discovered.