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.

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!.

ENJOYING WHAT YOU DO – TO THE FULL.

Anne D'Alton's Artworks, Car illustratiion, painting, watercolour

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.   AC COBRA).jpg

 

ART AND WHIMSEY.

Anne D'Alton's Artworks, illustrtation, painting, watercolour

Capturing an image is often a matter of success….and….speed.

Tediously endeavoured artworks, tend to appear to be tedious, laborious and possibly even dull….

Your portfolio can be full of the most wonderful artworks, but close examination could reveal a very staid and even stale presentation and for that reason, I would suggest that occasionally you take a subject as in this artwork, one that is “light” in subject matter, but also a delightful insight into another world.

Working quickly helps too when presenting a “lightweight” subject as over- detailed work can make the artwork rather too studied – with the possibility of being dull…..

This work is a compilation of several photographs that I took and has been executed (quickly to catch the mood) in watercolour on paper.   I hope you enjoy this particular illustration.

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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.

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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THE LADY IN BLACK.

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

This is an original, but immaculate, 1952, Jaguar XK 140.   And this lady, comes in B L A C K.

.    As a background fitting to the elegance of this wonderful classic vehicle, I have painted in the famous Mont. St. Michel, one of Brittany’s most iconic landmarks.

   The actual size of this motoring artwork is 42cm x 30cm.

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The lady in Black

MOTORING ARTWORK IN ACTION.

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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

ANNE D’ALTON’S ARTWORK – COMMISSIONS, LIMITED EDITIONS and PAYMENT.

Anne D'Alton's Artworks, illustrtation, painting

If you would like to commission an artwork, please contact me at :- adalton6@gmail.com    I am always happy to discuss (and advise on) a Client’s project

Please Note.   Commissioned artworks remain the property of the Artist (Anne D’Alton) until paid for, in-full.  Payment is accepted via Pay Pal.

My artworks range in size from Greeting Card upwards: from work executed on high grade art paper to fully primed and stretched canvas.  The materials I use are Artists’ quality – watercolours, oils, acrylics and inks.