29. janvier 2019
Nous savons tous ce que signifie être surchargée de travail et ne disposer que peu de temps pour chercher des cadeaux, que nous pourrions offrir aux autres. Il y a de nombreuses occasions tout au long de l'année, où nous devons nous montrer attentionné: anniversaires, fête des mères, mariages, Noël, sont les plus évidents. Sur aquarellart.com, il y a une création authentique pour chaque occasion. De la plus belle œuvre enluminée à la feuille d'or sur vélin, destinée aux...
02. octobre 2018
As an illustrator I am often confronted with projects that require careful observation. In primary school I had a friend who said that she could draw trees better than anyone.They were beautifully coloured lollipops! I wondered whether I should be drawing such simple trees , but being a child obsessed with detail I had to draw the leaves. I, in turn was no better than my friend for in looking at the detail I was not seeing the whole. Picture books for the very young focus on basic images and...
18. septembre 2018
Each project whether it be a design for a greetings card, book illustration, personal commission or simply a work for one's own pleasure begins with research. The research is fundamental to the final work. It may be that the time spent on getting everything right takes longer than the final work itself. So often when I was a student I heard the words "you are only as good as your reference". In short, you cannot improve a drawing if your reference is poor. So, how do I begin? It depends on the...
07. août 2018
THE ART OF DRAWING Drawing forms the basis of all art. At art school, even though I was studying graphic design and illustration, the first year consisted of two and a half days of pure drawing (both life and observation) each week. We were taught to consider the placing of each mark before putting pencil to paper. How often were we reminded to "get it on the paper". It was so easy to start only to find that the composition would not fit the paper. Putting a simple marker in pencil at the top,...
28. juillet 2018
When I graduated from Art College computers and I T were in their infancy.I had learnt to draw with a pencil, paint using colours that took time to dry and do my research in the local library or museums. Commissions arrived by post. An editor or publisher would send a sample, a book or set of cards of the sort they produced and I would be invited to interview with my portfolio. Today everything is much quicker. First contact is via e-mail. I f my schedule allows I will then be sent the brief....
05. juillet 2018
The blank canvas or the plain sheet of paper, are both things that block artists in much the same way as writers. A tight deadline often solves the problem of getting started but, what if there is time and little inspiration? It is rare for me to have that problem and yes, it happens that I find other things to do. Starting with the tubes of watercolour. I wash the caps so they are clean inside and place them on a tray in order of colour ready for use. All this takes time and I haven't even...
25. juin 2018
The summer has arrived and for many artists it is the exhibition season. Visitors admire the works, some purchase and others comment. So often one hears the words"I would love to buy another picture but I do not have any wall-space left.." To an artist this is nothing new, we more than most have too many pictures and too little hanging space. This never deterred me from collecting and displaying art. As an artist who has been painting professionally for many years, with works in private...
21. novembre 2017
In this blog I will be sharing with you my work, inspiration and creativity. The things that are important to me as an artist, my passion for my job (yes, it is a job and not just a past-time or hobby), and my interests. I knew as a child that when I grew up, I would be an artist. Seeing reproductions of medieval manuscripts in a book, the miniature detailed world of the illuminator, I wanted to be that person in that profession. Thus began my journey to that end. Today my art is the...