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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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.

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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

 

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.

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

ART WORK IN HIGH-SPEED ACTIION

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Bearing in mind that not only do I enjoy driving rally cars, but also love drawing and painting them, this commission has been a pleasure to create.

The Client’s brief was simple, just paint my car, in action!

The car, in this instance is a Ford Escort Mk 2.  and I have show it, with the driver and co-driver, against a rural style background, going over a muddy section, at high speed.  This action is taking place in Ireland.

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.

RELAX, WITH A VERY LIGHT TOUCH.

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I watched a programme about a painting challenge yesterday and whilst I enjoyed the various ways with which each artist approached their subject, one thing I really noticed was the very tense way in which almost all of them held their drawing and painting (brushes and palette knives, etc.) implements.  In this illustration, note how the brush is barely held in the artist’s hand.  This takes time to master, but is well worth the effort.

Painting a portion of a painting.

Painting a portion of a painting.

THE ARTIST AND THEIR PORTFOLIO

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It is useful to have a photographic record of the works of art you have for sale.   These can be A4 size, printed in colour on good quality photographic paper and placed into  clear plastic folders, with the artwork  visible on one side of the folder and details and the price of the work, on the other side.   Remember to have a copyright stamp on all your photographed artwork and that all the works bear your signature.

Keep a  notepad to hand for commission, etc., queries and contact numbers.    And, remember  to respond to these enquiries, Sometimes the most discreet queries come from the most important clients.

WATER COLOURS AREN’T JUST FOR WIMPS….

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For some strange reason, that is, until the advent of Turner, watercolours were considered as a “female” past-time

In this Motoring Artwork, depicting a very dramatic car – Subaru Impreza WRC – I have been as faithful as possible to the imposing blue of the paintwork of this vehicle.   And, it is a WATERCOLOUR.

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