The drama of this flower, short-lived as it is – was well worth painting.
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!
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 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.
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.
Having been trained in the old-fashioned way – I know that building an artwork from scratch, although a slow process, can have very satisfactory results – for the artist and the viewer/buyer.
This particular Motoring Artwork depicts the late, amazing, Scottish Rally Driver, Colin McRae, MBE. World Rally Champion, with his Subaru Impreza WRC. To complete the artwork, I have added in two further details, one, the Family Crest overwritten with a short written script and the other, the Flag of Scotland.
It took two months plus to complete this artwork and I hope you enjoy it.
Believe it or not, I have actually been informed thus, by students – students who didn’t know that such a statement is anethema to me.
So why not try a simple exercise to show just what you can do, with simple items, for example a scarf wound about a water jug (now use your imagination…) starting with a pencil illustration, then a crayon artwork, next a gouache painting and finish by painting your subjects as a watercolour artwork. Limit the size to A4 and e-mail me your favourite with a brief description, and I shall feature the best five on a future blog.
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.
. Gouache, I rarely use as it dries out very quickly in this warm climate and I am not enamoured with the rather chalky effect it produces. However, it is in the line of an artist’s work to experiment and in this case, I used this medium, on grained paper, and am quite happy with the result.
The work in question is a painting of Aston Martin’s glorious DB3S, circa l955, in full song on a circuit. For additional interest, however, I added in the Shell and the Castrol banner of that particular period.