What influences an Artist???

Anne D'Alton's Artworks, Drawing and Painting Classes

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I am often asked, particularly by my students, what are my influences and why do I draw and paint cars.   The answer is simple.   From early childhood, cars and to a smaller extent, motorbikes, played a large role in my life.   As children, we even played games, (with our eyes closed)  when on a bus, as to which passing car we could identify by its’ engine noise…..

At l7 I got my driving licence and at l8 I bought my first motor-bike…….which I had to maintain myself, so my interest in things technical became a necessity as well as doing something that  I actually liked.   When I got my first car, (an “interesting” Triumph Herald Coupé) I became hooked on all things to do with motorsport, including driving, as shown above (yes, that is me, buckling up in that Subaru last Sunday ) quick cars and that too has influenced my specialisation in motoring artwork.

However, I have always owned pets and these too are part of my art network, so to speak.   Buildings too and their renovation, inside and out, being part of my career, has also influenced my artwork.   And my final influence has been the garden, hence a smattering of floral based artworks!    As an Art Tutor, I believe it is important that artists draw and paint subjects with which they are relatively familiar and comfortable.   Illustrating a subject or subjects in which the artist has no interest will probably result in a poorly crafted work.

My new series of hugely enjoyable One-to-One Art Classes ( all mediums; portraiture; still-life; animals; floral; scenic, buildings and yes, cars, etc., ) will commence at the end of October and if you would like any information about these 2 hour sessions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I look forward to meeting you and influencing you to becoming a top class Artist.    Thank you for taking the time to read this and perhaps to share it on, and as we say, here in Brittany, a bientot.

CAPTURED IN OILS – FORD’S WINNING GT. 40’s at LE MANS, 24 heures, FRANCE.

Anne D'Alton's Artworks, illustrtation, motoring artwork, painting

A t rio of award winning Gt 40's at Le Mans

This painting, painted in oils on primed (gessoed) stretched and framed canvas, is size 50cm x 50cm. It is a signed and certified original motoring artwork. Limited edition prints are available, limited to just 25 prints.

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MOTORING ARTWORK IN ACTION.

Anne D'Alton's Artworks, illustrtation, motoring artwork, painting

In this painting, the car featured is the iconic Lancia Stratos Alitalia (a Ferrari engined Lancia) seen here on a rally stage in Italy, during a very early snow-fall – hence the autumn leaves still on the trees.    This work has been painted using Artists’ quality Oils on stretched and framed canvas and the size of the work is 55cm x 46cm.   It is a signed,certified and original work of motoring art.   Twenty only, signed, Limited Edition copies are available, as well as the original.   Please enquire for details.Lancia Stratos finished

THE ART OF THE PEN

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Usually, as in this drawing of a nude made on primed board, I work in black ink, but occasionally, I use sepia coloured ink pens – particularly in figurative illustrations.   It takes time to work in pen so give yourself time,

Young woman seated.

Young woman seated.

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TAKING ON THAT ARTISTIC CHALLENGE.

Anne D'Alton's Artworks, contemporary art, illustrtation, painting

A view of daisies

Take a different approach to both the delivery and form of your work and give it a totally new look, such as I have painted here, using acrylic paint on paper, to produce a “floral” painting, but one that is vibrant and very visual.

ART OR IMAGERY?

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Any artist knows that image is important and that the essence of the image must remain, but it can be as clearly or as ethereally defined as the artists believes it should be shown.

For my example, I have chosen my own illustration (ink on paper) of my version of my very first attempt at driving an extremely powerful Subaru Impreza WRC……..The action of the the car is emphasised by the tucked in wheels, the flying gravel at the rear and front ( it is 4 wheel drive vehicle) and the flying cones…not to mention my muttered imprecations and my staring eyes…….

Driving that Subartu

Driving that SUBARU…

FOR YOUR DIARY

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Please join me at La Plesse, for a series of challenging, enjoyable   and highly rewarding, drawing and painting workshops, in a variety of mediums and on a range of themes.

  My Art Studio is located at Ercé en Lamée, situated 35 k south of Rennes,  Brittany, W. France, Dept. 35. For more information please e-mail me at :- art2cherish@orange.fr

Visitors are welcome to come and enjoy my artwork – by prior arrangement please.

An african sky at sunset An African sky at sunset; oil on board.

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Brittany – Professional Drawing and Painting Courses.

Anne D'Alton's Artworks, buildings, canvas, Car illustratiion, charcoal, contemporary art, Drawing and Painting Classes, illustrtation, ink, ink drawing, Landscap[es, Line and wash, motoring artwork, Nude, oil painting, painting, pencil and crayon, Pencil drawing/, portrait, Still life, watercolour

Clematis and thatched cottagesDo you  want to master the skill of making quick and accurate drawings and paintings? Or do you long to create a truly superb work of art?

Then come an join me in my fully equipped Art Studio in gorgeous Brittany – and make your dream come true…

As a working Artist-Painter, I have many years’ experience ( In Ireland and in France) of teaching people how to produce lst class illustrations and paintings – in all fields and in all aspects of drawing and painting mediums and materials.

Although I specialise in one-to-one Professional, Art Personal Tuition, I also hold a number of challenging Open Days (limited to just 4 persons) which comprise a Professional Art Class in the morning and in the afternoon, the students are given the time to unleash their creativity and to create a wonderful  work of art of their own.

For full details and tariffs on these excellent programmes, etc., please contact me at:-

art2cherish@orange.fr.

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INVESTING IN AN ARTWORK.

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Whenever I have an exhibition (as at present) or hold an Open Day in my Studio, one question that is invariably asked is ” are the prices negociable”?   And my answer always, is, YES.     The  Artists amongst you, know, of course, that Artists put a huge amount of time and effort into their artwork but that it is very difficult to quantify in monetary terms, this creative effort.

However, being a pragmatist (and ever optimist…) I realize, that although a work of art may well be worth the figure asked, the buyer, although he or she really wants that artwork, may genuinely not have that asking price available to them, so compromise, within reason,  is a sensible attitude to have towards the sale price.

I feel you will agree that it is better to make a sale and have a happy Client than to make no sale at all.

Some Artists will not agree with me, of that I am certain, but from experience, I have often sent a Client home, delighted with their purchase (and sale

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Bugatti in full flight

 price ) 0f MY artwork, and  in fact, such sales have resulted in further sales, simply because I am always open to discuss  the price of my work.     Here in France the term “a debattre” is used to cover this transaction and indeed, debating a price (haggling if you like) is extremely popular and leaves both parties satisfied with the result.

So in future when you see a work you really like, but are a little “shy” of the money asked, please contact the Artist, etc., concerned:  the outcome could well enhance your, and that Artists’ life!.