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
Toys aren’t art, are they? Well, with Christmas coming I thought I’d give Expect the Unexpected a break for a while. And introduce you to… TOY ART! Like this sculpture here by Nathan Sawaya Lego man by Nathan Sawaya That’s art made from toys if you haven’t worked it out! I’m a big fan of Lego both as a concept and a medium. Even now I can play with it for hours, and to find artists who use it to create is no surprise. If you’d like to see more then try here or here With Christmas coming, toys are on many parents minds. But be careful when buying little Johnny that toy. You might be starting something… BIG! What do you fancy creating out of toys?
Dreaming of a hugely successful art career? Me too! But it’s one thing to have a dream, we all have dreams. I want my dream to equal reality. I’m getting there but there’s always more to do. In January I decided to be more proactive in my search for success. I’ve realised the importance of goals. And how writing them down or telling people makes them more likely to happen. So, I signed up for Bucks Open Studios as an idividual and Oxford Artweeks as a group participant. It’s a commitment but I know it will happen now. I just need to make it successful, and that is up to me. Failure is not an option! After an initial panic and a “what have I done” moment… (Actually those keep returning at alarmingly regular intervals but I’m beating them into submission!) …Preparations are underway! As the Stowe exhibition finished yesterday. I’ve been reflecting on what worked well and how I can use it. Only this time I’m flying solo. Progress so far… 1.Theme identified! It’s not essential but themes indicate a cohesive body of work and help people know what to expect. I still have some work to create to […]
For someone who loves creating portraits, I’ve been doing a lot of abstracts recently! Why? Simple, with portraits you need a model! And I find that daunting! Especially if I’m trying experimental techniques. I’m aware of the pressure to get it right. It’s a form of performance anxiety. People… live people, get bored! You need to interact with them to get the pose or expression you want. That is unless you want bored and uncomfortable. Or bored and dull! It’ll usually show in the eyes! Working with a commission or friends who are willing to pose is great! But there are only so many times you can ask a friend. The 100th time pushes even the best of friendships. Likewise, the commissioner dictates what you create, how the work will finish. That won’t stretch you as an artist! Models need to be paid… the list of reasons goes on and on… When lacking a model, there are 2 options available to the artist! The Photograph Your own, of course! They don’t move! They don’t react! You can take your time, and if the pose goes on.. you’re only affecting yourself. If you want to spend 3 hours getting the nose […]
It’s a question I keep coming back to. Will I be more successful if I do a degree in art? I stopped formal art study after my “A” levels. Experiencing something of a trial. I hated spending 6-12 weeks on the same paintings. I was drawn to figures and portraits – we did none, except copying statues, not the same thing at all. Personal circumstances and a clash with my art teacher’s teaching style dominated! Basically everything felt wrong! So everything went wrong… Doubting my ability to be creative enough for career as an artist! I was discouraged. Opting for training and working successfully as an Occupational therapist instead! But that yearning for art. The desire of studying at art school never really went away. Lacking discipline, I’d draw intermittently and was often disappointed with the results. Discouraged I’d give up, telling myself I wasn’t cut out to be an artist! It took a looooonnng time to realise I need discipline. Taking action was easy, Once the realisation struck home! Fast forward to now… I’m overcoming my art demons, but one still lingers… Whether to go to art school? Why now, you may be wondering? Well, I’ve been looking at […]
I’ve always admired people who can get a photorealistic finish on pencil sketching. For some time I wondered how it was achieved. Then I discovered burnishing. I knew some blending techniques but hadn’t really attempted burnishing before. (There were some serious gaps in my art education!) This is my second serious attempt at intensive blending, Avril Lavigne. The blending and colours seem to be working well. With any artwork I always find it best to “sit on it” for a while. Looking at a picture after a break helps you see the flaws. The errors are glaringly obvious. Take Avril here, I thought I was finished until I scanned the picture in. But now I can see where I need some minor adjustments. But I’ll do that tomorrow I think, then add the picture with changes. I can also see that I need to clean my scanner bed, there are marks on her chin which aren’t on the original! Ugh housework! (phtew)