Friday, 14 August 2015

Reflecting, experimenting and listening to Chelsea Wolfe

I feel like I'm currently in a bit of a transitional state, I've been thinking of new ways to approach my work and experimenting with new ideas. Also decided to just work on some smaller pieces to practice, and finally got my oils out to do a few sketches.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Sunny wintery days are making me excited for Spring's arrival

In awe of the amazing smelling Daphne, painting more pet portraits and starting something new and challenging! More on that soon.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Lover's eyes

I've had these little frames for quite some time now and was wanting to painting some Lover's eyes. I used 300gsm acid free paper to paint these in Acrylic. The frames have been hand embellished with pearls and a little hand-made tassel. The framed pieces have convex glass and are approximately 12cm x 14cm.

If you are interested in purchasing you can find these in my etsy shop here.

Here's a little history about Lover's Eye pieces
Lovers' eyes were Georgian miniatures, normally watercolour on ivory, depicting the eye or eyes of a spouse, loved one or child. These were usually commissioned for sentimental reasons and were often worn as bracelets, brooches, pendants or rings with richly decorated frames, serving the same emotional need as lockets hiding portraits or locks of hair. They were often very mysterious and cause for scandal and speculation as only the wearer knew the identity of the eye.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Upcoming exhibition in Berlin!

Excited to be part of this exhibition that is due to start in less than 2 weeks. It's the first time I've shown my work in Europe.

For details of all the other amazing artist that are involved check out the preview here

It's about time
acrylic on gesso board, 2015
16 x 16 inches, 40 x 40 cm

Here's my statement about the piece:
At the moment as an artist time is so precious to me. I feel there is so much more I need to do, so many experiments to carry out, all those ideas I need to explore fully. Time is always playing such a crucial limiting role.

Still life contrasts with our lives today which are dynamic, moving and constantly shifting. There is definitely a strange irony in my work. I’m forced to notice - and hopefully I make the viewer stop and look at the beauty and complexity of an object. There should always be time for this in our lives, to take in the beauty that surrounds us.

I’m trying to suspend time, but it is still a reminder of our mortality, transience, and that things will fade and pass. It starts to become painfully obvious that time is precious.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Busy bee on wintery days

I've been so focused painting for days now in my studio, I've hardly been outside! Still have a few commissions to plow through. Cold snap is due to come this weekend, so it's probably a good thing I love my studio so much!