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Bring your inner child alive with joy

I am on a mission to create a new series of whimsical and uplifting paintings aimed at bringing your inner child alive with joy. My exciting new ‘Wonder’ collection is inspired by the ever changing beauty of the sky, and each colourful piece will include an element of magic to inspire imagination in children, and memories of child-like wonder in adults.

Do you remember being a child and just looking up at the sky and seeing a whole world of make believe above your head? Or laying on your back in the grass on a sunny day and seeing a rocket ship shooting across the sky in a fantasy land made of clouds? That’s the sense of infinite possibility and joy I want to capture and bring to your homes with my colourful Wonder collection.

This collection is to celebrate the beauty of the sky and remind us there is magic to be found everywhere around us.  You just have to use your imagination, and that’s a really wonderful gift we all have. I want the happiness and sense of wonder I feel when I look at the sky to transcend to those who view my work and simply make people happy. The inspiration I get from the sky is infinite and I’m so passionate about painting it!

Using a mixture of acrylic paint, ink, and shimmering pearlised powders and paints, the Wonder collection is both eye catching and dreamy. My brush strokes are expressive and filled with emotion and I want my passion for depicting the magic of the sky to be undeniable. I want this whimsical collection to appeal to the child within us all, and the subtle shimmery highlights I embellish my work with will catch your eye in different levels of light.

I’m excited to share with you the start of my new collection.

Weightless by Emily Louise Heard 2020

Weightless by Emily Louise Heard

Wanderlust by Emily Louise Heard 2020

Wanderlust by Emily Louise Heard

Uplift by Emily Louise Heard 2020

Uplift by Emily Louise Heard

Trance by Emily Louise Heard 2020

Trance by Emily Louise Heard

Spirited by Emily Louise Heard 2020

Spirited by Emily Louise Heard

Playtime by Emily Louise Heard 2020

Playtime by Emily Louise Heard

Find Joy by Emily Louise Heard 2020

Find Joy by Emily Louise Heard

Enfys by Emily Louise Heard 2020

Enfys by Emily Louise Heard

Cloud Nine by Emily Louise Heard 2020

Cloud Nine by Emily Louise Heard

Bubbly by Emily Louise Heard 2020

Bubbly by Emily Louise Heard

Awakening by Emily Louise Heard 2020

Awakening by Emily Louise Heard

 
All of the works are available for art admirers to add to their homes. Simply get in touch with me or visit my website if you are interested in adding some magic to your walls.

https://www.emilylouiseheard.com/shop

For a behind the scenes look at my process, be sure to check out my Instagram, I’d love you to say hi: @emilylouise_art

Paintings to lift your mood |Emily Louise Heard

Artist in front of easel

Emily Louise Heard

It may be raining here in the UK, but I have some sunlight to bring the summer to your home in the form of original art!

I’ve just updated my online shop with some new colourful art, straight off the easel.

Head to my store to have a browse.

Enjoy! Here’s a snippet of some of the bright works in my collection available for purchase.

Did you know that I’m also now on YouTube? Head to my channel to watch insights into my studio, process and being an artist.

Much love,

Emily x

Let’s mix things up

Hey art lovers

I wanted to let you know that I will be releasing my latest series of work, the ‘Pick N’ Mix’ collection on the 17 May.

The driving force behind this collection is my firm belief that art should be accessible to everyone. Which is why I have created this series of 22 affordable original paintings on archival quality paper.

The best part? You can own original art from this series at £50 for one, or just £75 for three!

Artist in studio Emily Louise Heard

I can’t release work for this price often, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled on 17 May for an email from me – my email subscribers will be the first to know when the collection is live on my website. If you haven’t subscribed already be sure to head here

These paintings are A4 sized, and the beauty of them is that they match as sets of three OR you can pick and mix from within the series itself to get your ideal combination of work for your wall – just make sure you get in there quick before your favourite gets snapped up!

During this weird and uncertain time I want to give something back to my wonderful community of collectors across the globe.

Pink sunset paintings by Emily Louise Heard

Stay safe and wonderful.

Emily x

Answering your Instagram questions

I get a lot of questions on my Instagram about my practice. So I thought it may be helpful to both my collectors, aspiring collectors and other artists to share a list of those FAQs.

Here we go.

Where did you learn to paint?

This is one with a bit of a back story, so indulge me for a second! I am self taught. I actually studied Psychology at the University of Exeter because at the age of 18 I didn’t think I could make any money as an artist and had absolutely no idea what career I wanted to follow. I mean how many of us actually do at the age of 18?

So anyway off I went to uni to study something I found interesting at A Level but let’s be honest, I had no intention of becoming a Psychologist. Surprise, surprise when I graduated and came back from travelling I was lost. In the first few months/years of trying to find a job I was suited for I floated from office job to office job that made me feel like my soul was shrivelling into a ball. I have to be creative in a day.  It’s ingrained into my DNA – I just can’t not.  I became borderline depressed, and that wasn’t good.

Interstella by Emily Louise Heard 2020a

I knew I had to get myself out of this dark place, and decided to teach myself how to paint. I had always been an keen drawer/doodler/sketcher in pencil. No colour what so ever. But I completey did a u-turn and bought myself a set of paintbrushes, paints and canvases. It was round about the time Lana Del Ray was really popular, and I’ll never forget sitting at my new easel, listening to her music absolutely transfixed by painting. It was a lightning bolt moment where I knew I had to pursue it.

It’s been 7 years so far of me learning how to use acrylics (and sometimes oils) as I go along with a process of trial and error. I learn something new whenever I paint and it becomes like muscle memory. I dip in and out of YouTube videos now and again, but in all honesty I learn best by working it out for myself and understanding what method suits my whimsical semi-abstract skies best.

Awakening by Emily Louise Heard 2020

Awakening by Emily Louise Heard

Are you a full time artist?

I get this question a lot, and I see other artists getting asked the same thing too. I think this sort of question has another layer than merely financials. Because anyone who is passionate about art, thinks about it ALL THE TIME, creates whenever they can is a full time artist. You can’t just switch that part of your brain off, it’s part of who you are and what makes you tick. Just because you don’t get all your income from art, doesn’t make you any less of an artist. 

But financially, I still top up my art earnings with a creative job in communications three days a week. This works out pretty well as I’m learning skills that I can also bring to my emerging art buisness too which I love.

Do you accept commissions?

Absolutely! I love creating a bespoke piece of art for people’s homes. I love the emotional stories and sentiment that comes with them too. Art holds such a powerful place in people’s hearts and can be transformative and healing and it’s such a priviledge to be able to put people’s visions onto canvas. Sure I get some commissions where people just want something beautiful to look at that matches their decor. But more often than not people come to me with a story and I love that.

Emily Louise Heard welsh artist

Emily Louise Heard – photo by Christian Stone

How do I get a commission from you?

The process is pretty straight forward, and I’ve added an FAQ section to my website which I hope covers everything you need to know.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

This one is easy. The sky, always the sky. It’s always changing composition and colour palette. Sometimes it’s bright and uplifting, sometimes it’s dark, moody and inspiring. Sometimes you can see shapes in the clouds that literally form a whole magical world above your head. I will always take most of my inspiration from the sky because compared to it’s vastness we are so small and it reminds me that life too is short, so live every moment of it.

My latest collection of paintings, The Wonder Collection, celebrates the magical never ending inspiration I get from looking up at the clouds.

Playtime by Emily Louise Heard 2020

Playtime by Emily Louise Heard

I really want one of your paintings but it’s sold! How do I collect your art?

I upload all of my available work for purchase to my online shop via my website

Some of my work sells before I have a chance to upload it to my website – and that is the power of social media! First and foremost if you are not following me on Instagram be sure to follow along because I share all of my process and new work on there. Secondly, make sure you subscribe to my newsletter because I share my new collections, exclusive discounts and studio sales with my email subscribers.  And don’t forget you can always just get in touch with me via email if you are interested in a particular piece but want more information/photos.

Do you have prints available of your work?

Yes. I have partnered with several licensing agencies who produce high quality canvases and framed prints of my work. You can find these here.

For my UK collectors, I know currently my available prints incur a shipping cost because they are made in America. I know that many of you don’t mind and have been supporting my print sales regardless (thank you so much for that). But I know for some of you that is restrictive. I want my work to be accesible to everyone, so am working on securing more licensing contracts across the globe. Stay tuned for that.

Cloud Nine by Emily Louise Heard 2020

Cloud Nine by Emily Louise Heard

Now that you’re a mum how do you balance art and other responsibilities?

I won’t lie to you, it’s a grind. My daughter always comes first, no question. But any free time I have where my husband is around to take care of her I have to focus on my business. That means I have to say no to family and friend weekened gatherings a lot of the time, which isn’t easy but I know it has to be done in order for my business to grow. I’m absolutely determined to make sure my business grows so that any painting you have from me becomes an investment that will grow in value, I can promise you that.

As I’m writing this post, we are in exceptional circumstances with corvid 19 and we currently don’t have any family support or nursery either so understandably my art time is even more limited. But where there’s a will there’s a way. I just function on a little less sleep and a lot more coffee these days!

You seem to have it all together and be really productive, how do you manage this?

To that I say, don’t believe everything you see on Instagram. It’s a highlight reel. You see photos of me with work that I’m proud of. A snapshot. I don’t always share the swearing, the moments where I feel completely distracted and frustrated, the mounting empty coffee mugs around me and snack wrappers on the floor. I mean maybe I should share more of that because perhaps it gives a more authentic view of life as an artist rather than the whimsical one we see on Instagram? But I manage my productivity by reminding myself why I paint, what my goals are and trying to create a legacy that my little girl can learn from – that it is possible to chase your dreams and succeed. You don’t always have to go down the path society tells you that you should. I’ve always been determined to make a career out of my art, but by daughter has hyper focussed that drive.

Enfys by Emily Louise Heard 2020

Enfys by Emily Louise Heard

 

I hope this post answered some of your questions! If you have more that I can help with, just get in touch.

And if you are looking for some colourful uplifting art for your home, head to my website and I’ll help you out 😉

 

 

 

 

Carry beauty wherever you go

‘When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go’
-Alexandra Stoddard.

I hope the beautiful places I carry with me are reflected in my paintings. They always fill my head whenever I’m painting from the ❤️ This piece is called Butterscotch, and is an original oil on canvas. DM me if you are interested in the original. Otherwise I have a range of stunning canvas print sizes available via iCanvas.

Pink and grey abstract sky painting

Paint from your head

Painting of sea

When your leggings match your work… Going through a bit of a purple phase over here at the moment 🙋I don’t know what it is about purple, pink and orange together to make a sunset, but I kind of want to live in those colours!! Anyway this piece is straight from my head with no reference photo today. I flit between using reference photos and not, because certain paintings I don’t want the pressure of ‘capturing’ an existing scene, but instead want to share a bit of my mind and my thoughts in the medium of brush strokes and colours 🙏

Purple sea painting by Emily Louise Heard

Ferris wheel painting by Emily Louise Heard

Find your zing

Purple sea painting

I’ll be honest, recently I had started to feel like I had lost my art ‘mojo’. I was painting for the sake of painting, trying my best to produce something that not only I loved, but hopefully others would too. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed my work but something was missing. I wanted that emotional connection back where I could lose myself in a painting and feel what I can only describe as a zing of energy and happiness. Sometimes, because I now make money from my art (for which I am so grateful) I find it difficult to separate the ‘job’ side from the joy side. I put pressure on myself to paint something that will sell, and keep me doing what I love. And that can be emotionally and artistically draining. However I’m happy to say I feel like I got my zing back with this piece. By that I don’t necessarily mean it’s the best work I’ve ever created, but I painted it from my heart, and that’s what matters most to me. ❤🙏

Don’t stop chasing your dreams

I want my art to convey a feeling, an emotion, because trust me they are filled with it. Ever get that feeling when you’re so lost in the process, that your mind drifts away and your heart starts racing? I don’t really know how to describe what painting does, but it’s the best form of escapism. I want that feeling to transcend to those who look at my work. It’s meant to make you feel like you’re drifting, calm, and peaceful. It’s something to look at in your home when you want quiet reflection, inspiration or a zing of energy.

I’ve spent years pouring my heart into my art (rhyme totally unintended), every brush stroke is a step on a journey, a leap of faith. It’s a dedicated and unfailing desire to chase a dream that landed on my shoulders when I was 5 years old, staring up at a painting on a classroom wall.

Sky paintings by Emily Louise Heard

It’s a labour of love, a struggle against fear and doubt, and most of all it’s a passion spurred on my my simple child like desire to make the world a more beautiful place!

These babies are about to be added to my online shop! Don’t they look pretty together?

Which one is your favourite?

What is it like being an artist?

Emily Louise Heard welsh artist

Emily Louise Heard – photo by Christian Stone

Hello to the new faces around here, and thank you for supporting my work! I’m Emily, and I’m an artist from south Wales  I thought I’d share a few thoughts on being an artist from my own experiences.

Pursuing the ‘path’ of being an artist, is a bit of a funny one. Over the years it has brought me joy, fear, pride, shame, certainty and more uncertainty than I thought possible all rolled into one weird little cocktail of determination. We are often discouraged to pursue careers in the arts, because of course nothing is certain, and financial stability does not go hand in hand with being an artist. I cannot guarantee that I will sell X amount in any given month.

Many people find this whole aspect of being an artist enough to run for the hills. Sure, it can be stressful, and I will admit that it is a bit of a roller coaster. Some months, your sales are up. Some months they are down. It is the nature of being an artist (and this is not unique to the creative field!) Is that enough to stop me from creating the work that I love and sharing it with others? Nope  If you are an artist, you cannot switch that part of your brain off, no matter what obstacles come your way.

It never ceases to amaze me how art can have such an uplifting impact on our emotional well-being and connect with us on all levels. Emotions are the spirit of life, and I am extremely passionate about capturing them in my work. I would continue to paint regardless of whether I made any money from it or not, but I am INCREDIBLY grateful that so many of you have chosen to support me by adding my paintings to your home.

Painting is my way of celebrating my time on earth. We are on this lovely, weird little planet for such a fleeting time it would be senseless not to follow our hearts.

You can view my work here

Divergent | Art is a process of discovery

I called this piece Divergent, because the meaning of the word resonated with how I felt when I created it:

tending to be different or develop in different directions.

This piece was different for me, because as a lover of bright and bold colours, I literally had to restrain my hand from reaching for MORE COLOURS DAMMIT I LOVE THEM ALL!!

My initial thoughts were that this was more of an exercise in self control than the creation of something I’d be proud of. I’m pleased to say I surprised myself.

I’m not usually one for a subtle colour pallet, instead opting for colours that are bright and ‘happy’. However this piece has taught me that sometimes less is more! I’m actually very pleased with the tranquillity and calm of this painting, which in turn makes me feel happy to look at, and I hope you feel the same.

I learn something new with every painting. Art really is a never ending journey of self discovery, and I want to keep on skipping, running, ambling, wandering and limping down whatever road it takes me on.

Whose with me?!

You can view more of my work via www.emilylouiseheard.com – every painting I post is for sale (or sold) so if you see something you like, treat yourself 😉

Love,

Emily x