Drawing and painting – a personal invitation to you.

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Drawing and painting are therapeutic, creative and above all, hugely enjoyable occupations.   From October, my Studio (just 35 mins. from Rennes) will be open to visitors and I will be starting my 2 hour (1-2-1) highly acclaimed  art sessions.   For further information, please fill in the form below and e-mail it to me.

 

 

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ADDING IMPACT TO YOUR ARTWORK.

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There are lots of Artists,who like me, enjoy painting action pictures.   However, in many instances, these artworks, excellent as they are, lack impact.   The viewer is erroniously given the impression that the subject is static, when in fact, this is the reverse situation.

Whether you chose to illustrate a horse(s) running, a person jumping over a water splash, a motor-bike rider cornering hard, or as below, a rally car throwing up a lot of dust and gravel, whilst driving at speed, then you need to show the viewer that this is an action  packed artwork.    This painting of the legendary French Rally Driver, Michele Mouton, driving the mighty Audi Quattro Group B rally car, is phase two of this particular motoring artwork, painted on box canvas in artists’ oils and size 50cm x 70cm.

Reminder:- new series of one-to-one art classes (2 hours’ duration) starting in Oct. next; all welcome.

 

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What influences an Artist???

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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.

Brittany – Professional Drawing and Painting Courses.

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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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AN ADVENTURE WITH ART

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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.

 

 

Practice makes Perfect.

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A "triptyche" of the same dog - watercolour on paper.

A “triptyche” of the same dog – watercolour on paper.

In this electronic age, the use of computors is endemic.   Computors though,  are not a substitution for physical creativity.

For artists, this usually means carrying around a small sketch pad and a pencil or drawing pen and making quick and sometimes random illustrations of subjects that take one’s fancy, which could become in time, useful…indeed, very useful.

It is a practice that I indulge in and encourage as I have found it to be quite valuable, particularly when I wish to compile a work for which I have just one really good reference point but which needs the addition of background or even foreground items to make the work come alive.

A five minute sketch can be invaluable!      Even if only roughly made, the artist can re-format it into something of impact and beauty.     However, you might need to encourage yourself to take on this daily effort…..though for just 5 mins. a day, it is a practice that is guaranteed to improve your artwork.

Give it a try and I think you will agree that this is a worthwhile discipline.

Remember to check the dates of my Open Days and free Art Demonstrations (indoors and outdoors) during this coming 2016.

One-to one art classes and group art classes are also available – more information on these coming up shortly.

ARTWORK WITH A LITTLE DIFFERENCE.

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Most artists are very serious about their artwork, but occasionally, just occasionally, a little artistic licence can be taken with a work.   Here, after painting this glorious Alpha Romeo, I just had to add in a couple of angelic heralds, serenading AlphaRomeo

the wonderful sight and sound of this truly fantastic car.

GOOD DRAUGHSTSMANSHIP.

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For artists (including myself) who enjoy technical or semi-technical artwork and illustration, line and wash (ink and watercolour) is a very pleasant and rewarding method of creating such artworks.Rage colour

AN ADVENTURE IN ART.

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Artists tend to be a little quirky!.

By Artists, I include all those involved in the creative process, i.e. artists, painters, sculpters, musicians, actors, singers.  and sportspeople    We do not tend to be l00% predictable (unless we chose to be) , nor indeed 100% conventional  and again, not unless that is our choice.

Much of our work may meet the needs and expectations of the paying public, but every now and again, we are permitted to uleash a different way of approaching our work

As an example of this type of “difference”,  I have shown here an ink and wash illustration of a young woman.   However, to it, I have added the dimension of dreams.   Flowers and little creatures emerge from around her and a tiny dragon sits on the artist’s hand.   The sitter’s face is illuminated by a variety of colours and her lips are touched up in the colours of France.

The appearance of Dreams

The appearance of Dreams