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 […]
Have you ever wanted to sketch but couldn’t? On one such day, I woke to sunshine and planned to paint. The children were off which cramped my style somewhat. They do like to be entertained. Solution? Take them for a picnic! Happy children, happy parent and happy dog! What could possibly go wrong? So, we set off for the woods – the dog, children et moi! Fully intending to sketch I took all my gear. Le Grand plan:- To create one or more masterpieces whilst the children played blissfully throwing a ball for the dog! I either have delusions of grandeur or have watched far too many bad American movies/sitcoms. You know, the ones that are saccharin sweet and have a strong moral at the end. Then insult your intelligence by hammering it home right at the end? Usually in the form of a diary entry or letter? Oh how naive I was! (laughs hysterically). Of course the one game they wanted to play was running full speed through the woods and hiding. Between carrying all the gear, in a bag that kept falling off (I’ve lost my rucksack), and looking for the dog/children – I managed about 10 lines, […]
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
And now for Something completely different! Public art projects are great fun and challenge you to try new media. Last week I mentioned I was going to be at Art in Woodstock. Doing the Graffiti Wall, to be precise. I bottled out of the spray paint – my fingers aren’t strong enough. But it’s amazing what can be done with a brush. For those who haven’t seen them on Facebook. Here’s the beginning! And I added some more yesterday… Now it’s up to someone else to add to it. I can’t wait to see what happens… Art in Woodstock Finishes on Sunday. So I’ll post the images then as I’m hoping more will be done at the weekend. So, if you’re in Woodstock, please check it out! Save Save Save
Ever arrange too much to do? Well, I have this week. In fact, if I’m brutally honest, this year! So, I’m not quite ready for the reveal yet… OK, I’m not even vaguely near the reveal yet. I’ve been a hanging for Bucks Open Studios. but it’s all up now, so the next post should be the completed work. In the meantime, here’s the open studios display [simple_slideshow] Now, watch this space, there will be a new picture very soon! I have two whole weeks of dedicated studio time… Can you see me grinning?
Do you ever struggle keeping on task? Or want to quit? This week everything seems to be keeping me away from my art. This is when I look for inspiration in the amazing stories of people who overcome adversity. People who keep on doing what they love in spite of obstacles. I’m a music lover… And, the story of Tony Iommi is inspiring! Tony’s band are Black Sabbath. And his career as the lead guitarist was taking off. So he quit his job in a factory to concentrate on playing full time. On his very last day at work he had an accident. Losing the tips of 2 of his fingers. Now unable to reach the strings to play chords, he could easily have stopped playing. But he didn’t quit! Restringing his guitar with lighter stings and making finger extensions so he could reach the strings… Tony carried on playing! He’s is now considered one of the finest guitarists in the world! Listen to him play and you’ll see why! It’s easy to give up when things get in the way. To make excuses and we feel better… for a little while. But it’s important to remind ourselves that. If […]