Source: PORSCHE 911
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. …
Source: INVESTING IN AN ARTWORK.
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
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!.
To most people, the mere mention of the word “Portrait” conjures up a heavy oil painting featuring some-one else’s relative, peering gloomily out from a dulled gilded frame! Nothi…
Source: BRINGING PORTRAITURE TO LIFE.
To most people, the mere mention of the word “Portrait” conjures up a heavy oil painting featuring some-one else’s relative, peering gloomily out from a dulled gilded frame!
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Portraits, as with all other forms of artwork, can be executed in a myriad of different materials, on a broad variety of materials and encompassing an even wider spectrum of subjects.
I have, of course, illustrated a number of portraits in oils and also in acrylics, but to my mind, the humble pencil, “lifted” by the judicious use of a little ink and colour, can and will, transform this unpretentious form of portraiture, into something extra special.
To emphasise my point, I have included two recent canine drawings, each done with an ordinary HB pencil on 240 grade paper. However, as you will notice, I have deliberately made a feature of the eyes, chosing to do them in ink and colour, in order to bring each of the dog’s heads to life. Plus, in order NOT to “muddy the waters” so to speak, I have not filled in any background detail whatsoever, leaving the head with their bright eyes, free to catch the viewer’s attention. I hope you enjoy these artworks, and please do hot hesitate to contact me, if and when you have any drawing or painting enquiries.
My studio will be open from July onwards and you will be more than welcome to see my various artworks on view and to chat about them . Please contact me, however, beforehand.
You may wonder why I am so enthralled by things mechanical? Well, at the age of six, my father decided I was ready to help him start his elderly car – he yanked on the starting handle and m…
You may wonder why I am so enthralled by things mechanical? Well, at the age of six, my father decided I was ready to help him start his elderly car – he yanked on the starting handle and my job was to push down on the accelerator when the engine caught………
Apart from this was the fact that from the age of three, my father brought me to every conceivable motor sport event – bikes, cars, sidecars – that was available in the Dublin area. His friends were all petrol heads too, so without even realizing it, my course and involvement with noisy, smelly and wonderful machinery was set in stone.
I had started drawing (at my mother’s behest) at the age of three, so as a teenager, I was involved in illustrating cars and…..purchasing, renovating and re-selling 2-wheeled machines. By l7 I was driving my father’s Ford Anglia and riding my first motorbike – the inimitable and unique”nifty fifty” – the Honda 50cc. My parents were puzzled, but my boss at the time, thought I wasn’t quite ladylike – arriving into the office in black leathers…….
At this point in my life, I can indulge my love for interesting cars by drawing and painting and occasionally driving them! What a life!!!
The illustration below is a watercolour on paper, currently on exhibition here in Brittany, of the brain-child of the late Carrol Shelby – the fabulous A.C.Cobra.
Are you a brave and bold person, always looking for a challenge? Or are you a somewhat retiring personality, with nevertheless, the feeling that deep inside you, is another person looking to emerge? Well, art, by which I mean, drawing and painting, is one excellent way in which to achieve both types of needs.
Most people will begin their artistic endeavours by tentative doodlings…little scribbled shapes in the margins of scraps of paper. In time, though, these sketches will develop – depending on you, the artist, into illustrations of merit. The beauty of this area of the arts is that you can take your time, doing as little or as much each day, as you wish. Artists rarely rush their work – it shows too much: instead, their artwork is usually built up over a period of days, weeks or even months, in order to achieve the desired effect.
Because art is so flexible (its’ beauty does indeed lie in the eye of the beholder) you can afford to be adventurous in this field. But the one thing I always advise, is to learn how to work expansively – that is to say, use large illustrations on large surfaces rather than tiny drawings on tiny pieces of paper. Very small work tends to be tight and limited whereas large works give scope for easy viewing and a broad expanse of artwork!
Remember too, to take on subjects that you may not have considered before. Everything that surrounds you can be illustrated. From the wash hand basin with its accrued towels, facecloths, soaps, toothbrushes, etc., to the new jar of coffee sitting beside a coffee cup and saucer, spoon and biscuit, and from a plate of fish and chips on a gingham table cloth to the broken down chair and old metal watering can in the garden.
Artists, the world around you provides all you will ever need as subjects – so go ahead, take on the challenge and produce your wonderful artworks for all to admire and enjoy.
The art of drawing is somewhat diminished by the use of CAD. or if you like, computor aided design. And less and less people alas are using sketch pads as a result, preferring to let the computor do their artwork – which isn’t really feasible! The nuances of the weight of application of the drawing implement, is so personal and can reveal to the viewer the relationship of the artist to the work, a task as yet not possible otherwise.
However, you the reader or as an artist, will realise that some drawings, even very good work, may need a tiny splash of colour to bring the drawing to life. Using sepia or carré sanguine, is one way of uplifting even the simplest of artworks, as the warm hues of these colourants, in themselves, add life to an illustration. The other way, is as shown here, to just put in a minute morsel of colour, in this case in the kitten’s eyes – to give the work a vibrancy it would otherwise not have.
If you have an illustration or a sketch that you think could do with an “uplift” why not try adding that vital touch of colour and sit back and admire the result.
Thank you for reading this and if you have any queries about this or other features on my blogs at http://www.annedalton.org please contact me and remember to join me in my free Open Days.
Whenever you see an Artist at work, you will note how wrapped up he or she is, in their work. I think this is because the very act of drawing or painting is hugely theraputic and it can enable you to pour out your soul onto a piece of paper, board or canvas.
The demands of creating an artwork are both intensive and satisfactory ‘though the Artist may have to dig very deep in order to release their creativity and produce an artwork that is pleasing to them and to the viewer.
Drawing and painting are personal – very noticeable when one views the pencil, etc., choice and the colour palette of individual artists. Outgoing people tend to use lots of dramatic shading in their illustrations and equally lots of yellow, orange, rust and red in their paintings. More reserved personalities tend to draw simple outline sketches and go for muted greens, soft blue/greys and brown colours.
Artists tend to enjoy themselves when working and this in itself is a truly healing action. Of course, we throw away work that doesn’t please us , but that actually increases the feeling of well-being, when we produce an artwork with which we are truly satisfied.
An artwork can be as simple or as complex as you require it to be, and if you lose yourself in its’ production, then the healing magic of Art has done you a great favour.