Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Modern twist on pen & wash proving popular

If you have been following my artistic journey this year you will likely have noticed my live of using pen & wash with a modern twist.

I appear to have developed a 'style' subconsciously with my work now becoming recognised and selling well as cards & framed originals.

I started with using mainly vibrant colours but lately experimenting with more pastel shades too.

I create my pieces by laying loose washes of water colour down on the paper first then once dry I overlay them with figurative florals in pen.

An enjoyable process with a capturating finish.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Selling art

It is funny, having worked in the Industry now for many years each sale still gives me butterflies in my tummy.

 I've been very lucky through my recent Devon Open Studios exhibition and sold a number of cards as well as art pieces including this figurative pen & wash above. The sale of this particular piece made me feel extra proud; it is a new style of working for me and I was unsure of how much of a 'saleable' style it was. The pen & wash style is very vibrant in colour base in a very loose flow with black pen figurative floral work on top. I love experimenting with this style and had hoped people would enjoy it but obviously with all art is is very much dependant on those viewing as to its appeal.

The tulip piece above was one of the more simplistic in the style with just a few colours and toned down in comparison to some of the very bright pieces on show, the lady who purchased it mentioned it's 'simple elegance'

I'm really glad that my figurative pen & wash are proving popular alongside some of my more traditional work.

I can't thank everyone enough for their support so far. A large majority of the sales I have made are to locals in my town so I feel especially greatful.

*The colours in the photo don't show as well as in real life

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Watercolour Wreaths

It has been an interesting first week of Devon Open Studios for me. It continues on through until the 22nd September. We are open daily until 4pm most days.

Whilst in the gallery I've been working on a selection of Xmas watercolour designs to turn into cards.

I'm particularly enjoying creating these wreaths. I shall share my other designs once complete.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Art & Ageism - What are your thoughts?

Art & Ageism

"Ageism - noun - prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of a person's age." as Google Dictionary states. 

I have noticed that ageism is a thing and it is very apparent in the art world. I've worked in the creative industry now for over 10 years and various different capacities. In craft and design i didn't notice ageism much but in the art world i have certainly felt the sting! 

I don't consider myself young anymore, being 30 i consider myself very much approaching mid-age. I have two children age 7 and nearly 9 who remind me daily that i am certainly not young anymore. That being said however i seem to be young in comparison to the majority of people who i meet in the art world. Art society members, fellow gallery owners, those wanting to take part in art lessons and those who come along to visit my art gallery and art shop. 

On a number of occasions i have had people who speak with me on the phone after seeing my work in the window or online somewhere and who want to book art lessons or an art demonstration. They have already seen my artwork, made their judgement on my skill / art style and taken the step to contact me but upon meeting me mention my age and question my experience. 

Though thankfully this doesn't happen too often it has
certainly happened enough to make me question if others have ever felt ageism in the art industry?




Monday, 9 September 2019

Acrylic Florals

I've been enjoying creating acrylic floral inspired pieces recently. I have a new set up in my living room for working on acrylic art but have realised in some of my recent work I tend to splatter the paint a lot so end up with paint everywhere.

I'm loving the finish though, this purple piece is one of the biggest I've done and is now in display in the window of my shop. 

If you get chance over the next few weeks do please pop in to see my art exhibition at 30 Queen Street, Seaton as part of the Devon Open Studios bevent. Open daily until 22nd September.