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. Watercolour on paper.

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Drawing and painting are therapeutic, creative, educational  and above all, hugely enjoyable occupations.   My Studio (just 35 mins. from Rennes) is open to visitors all year round and you are welcome to enjoy the 2 hour (1-2-1) highly acclaimed  art sessions that I hold (indoors and outdoors) during the year.   For further information, please fill in the form below and e-mail it to me.    For artists and non-artists, there is residential accommodation too.

 

 

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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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 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.

CAPTURE THE MOMENT

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Autumn time

Autumn time

The time of year encourages ages artists to take to their pencils, pens, brushes and etc., so that they can create a permanent record of what they have seen, for others to enjoy.

THE LADY IN BLACK.

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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.

The lady in Black

The lady in Black

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

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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.

ARTWORK FROM THE HEART

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I genuinely enjoy drawing and painting my artworks though it has taken me a while to establish my favourite subject – which is motoring artwork.

Keeping her Lit.

Keeping her Lit.

Add this to my interest in draughtsmanship and my own, admittedly “interesting” style of illustration, and you have…..a Motoring Artist who does indeed paint her artwork, from the heart.