A HELPING HAND FOR ARTISTS.

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When you are on a tight budget and are purchasing an inexpensive framed canvas, remember these usually have a somewhat porous fabric.  If you wish to avoid using a large amount of paint/thinning agents for the finish you require,  buy a large carton of Gesso (a type of chalk based bonding agent) and prime the surface with several coats of this quick-drying material.   The results will give you a smooth and relatively non-absorbant surface which is ideal to work on and which gives very good results to your artwork.      I have to stress, however, that in order for your portrait work to maximise your art skills, only the very best quality canvas will suffice.   And even they, may require a coat of this primer to give you the very smooth surface you may require.

Perhaps you work in watercolours?   In this instance, a small bottle of artist’s gum arabic or drawing glue is an excellent investment.   This  permits (a) colours to flow freely and easily under your brush and (b) it does not allow the paper to become saturated and thus unworkable.    However, if you are painting with acrylics or gouache, then conventional water is probably still the best material for use as the spreading agent.

Now I come to a somewhat contentious piece of advice.    Artist who work in oils, know that they can take a very long time to dry, even when used in conjunction with a drying agent.   Water-based oils, though, dry quite quickly, but aren’t all that popular as to date their finish and spreadability and colour range is frankly not the same as their oil counterparts.    I have found, that adding a little bit of acrylic to an oil colour (obviously exactly the same colour, hue, tone, etc.,) enables the oil paint to dry very quickly.   A word of warning though.   This mix has to be applied with a soft brush and brushed very well onto the canvas, so as to avoid brush marks when the colour dries out.

If you have any queries or would like to join my Master Class Art Classes, please e-mail me at:- art2cherish@orange.fr or fill in the form on this site for a quick response.

Thank you for reading this, and I hope it will be useful to you.Anne in Studio

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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