Do you love snow? Or hate it with a passion bordering on rage? Does a hit of the white stuff bring out your inner child or Demon! Maybe snow’s causing you chaos? We Brits still aren’t prepared for any significant level of snowfall. Much to the surprise of continental Europe and America who marvel at our unpreparedness in the face of a mere few inches of the white stuff The truth is heavy snow is unusual for most of Brits, especially in the lowlands. ! Scratch that, any snow is unusual for us! Maybe it’s the novelty, but snow provides masses of inspiration when it comes. As an artist, my major issue with snow is how to depict it without slipping into the twee. And the association that snow = Christmas. Oops, slipped up there! Or did I throw you off with the green Holly Berries? There’s plenty of scope for interest with snowy pictures. The snow’s texture, the icicles, the way trees droop under the weight of it, light reflecting and sparkling off the snow, outlines smoothed beneath a unifying blanket. But how to create the image? One technique I employ is photography. With digital cameras much of the […]
Inspiring Artists can create art out of anything! So why do some go overboard when buying art materials? When all they need is at hand? Try simplifying, only a few basic items are required. Sometimes, just the one. What about using some paper? or, if you must, pick up a book for inspiration. Sharpen your pencil… After all, who doesn’t love a bit of pencil art? And, if you want to create a collage,.. … You’ll need some Scissors… And when you’ve finished your creation you’ll need to display it.. What better way than stapling it to the wall? You see, you don’t need a lot to be an inspiring artist! Want to see some inspiring artists with their work? You might want to check out this post. Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save
Ever see a complete work of art and think something’s missing? What makes art great? It’s an elusive quality. We praise the skill involved, the complexity of details, brushwork, technique and a whole raft of other things. But sometimes what’s left out can add more to a piece than what is included. I was reminded of that seeing this Anthony Green piece at the London Art Fair. The power of minimalism is just that. Finding the minimum needed to make an impact and adding nothing more. Our extraordinary brains enable us to fill in gaps. Through positioning and outline the effect is achieved. Looking at this we can see a head! Even though we know it’s not there… Discovering the Unmask Group on Colossal wowed me even more! Liu Zhan, Kuang Jun and Tan Tianwei make up this talented group. They are transforming three dimensional space with these Dissolving sculptures! With style… And here’s a close up! See more of their work on This is Colossal So, you see, sometimes leaving things out isn’t lazy… It’s creative! And seeing Art like this makes me want to be lazy, I mean creative too. Are you with me?
Setting up any exhibition can be a daunting prospect. Especially the first time, right? Which is why it’s important to take part in a few group exhibitions before engaging in you first one! It’s a great opportunity to see how hanging an exhibition works. I’d heartily recommend taking part in one, if you can. There’s so much to consider. Today, I’ve been the setting up an Exhibition with Bafa at Stowe House. A marvelous setting and all very grand. But, as usual with these events, there’s a lot of work involved. I thought I’d share some valuable lessons I’ve learned. Such as… The secret to success is always good planning, but you also have to be prepared for the unexpected. This time we ended up completely repainting the display boards instead of touching them up as we usually do. All because the wrong colour paint was obtained. Result = more than 2 hours extra setting up time! Study the Venue Size, shape height, lighting, window spaces. I recently learned that galleries actually create scale models with miniature copies of the art so they can decide before they get all the pictures in! There will be specific issues unique to the […]