Sometimes when you need inspiration or a muse, it can be tricky to find. But recently I stumbled across a beautiful online magazine that is literally BURSTING with inspiration – Whim magazine. I’ve also been incredibly lucky to have an interview about my art and process published to this wonderful site. If you are looking for a whimsical and dreamy inspiration hit, then look no further! Oh and if you want to learn about my everyday shenanigans as an artist have a read of my interview with them 😀 http://www.whimmagazine.com/2016/07/interview-artist-emily-heard/
It never ceases to amaze me how works of art can have such an uplifting impact on our emotional wellbeing and connect with us on all levels. I’m in the process of adding lots of new originals to my online store. Head to my website to find a bright and colourful original painting to help combat those January blues.
Earlier in the year, I posted that I was working on a secret painting. That painting was commissioned by a customer who wanted to surprise her sister with a unique wedding present. She asked me to paint the bride and groom on their wedding day, before the wedding had actually occurred. So I got out my artistic crystal ball (all artists have one on stand by) and tried my best to paint the future… With the brief of a teal theme, white dress, the venue, and a few Facebook photographs of the couple to work from, I had to try and imagine the scene. The most difficult part was deciding what to paint the bride in. Would she be wearing her hair up or down? Veil or no veil? Big dress? Lacy dress? Ivory, white, diamantes, plain or silk dress?? I really didn’t want to get it catastrophically wrong, so aired on the side of caution, aiming to keep it as simple as possible. Painting a couple I have never met, and creating a scene from …
I will be taking part in the Parallax Art Fair in London on the 12th – 14th February 2016. The free event is taking place in the Chelsea Old Town Hall with a wide range of talented artists exhibiting their work. Definitely worth a visit – come say hi if you are in the London area and fancy a colourful day! You can book FREE tickets by visiting the Parallax Art Fair website. Emily xx http://www.emilylouiseheard.com
My lovely assistant is looking very pleased with himself after helping me with a busy day of framing ready for my solo exhibition on Tuesday 10th November. I’ve chosen white frames for all of my colourful pieces, and I have to say I’m very pleased with how they all look now they are framed, bubble wrapped and ready to go!
I love the sky. It’s like a beautiful painting that the artist is always working on, forever changing in different levels of light and shade. I will never tire of painting it or the endless inspiration it brings.
‘The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart ‘. Helen Keller. Painting is all about pouring your heart out onto the canvas and hoping it turns out OK 💜
I’ve just entered this painting into the Guardian’s latest art assignment. For the assignment, critic Jonathan Jones has invited artists to create their own self-referential work of art about art. This theme could be interpreted in any way. This is how I chose to interpret it: “I think the primary goal of art is to connect with others, tell a story, and convey emotion. Artists often make themselves vulnerable by sharing what is in their hearts with those around them. They do so with the hope that others may gain a positive experience from an insight into their vulnerability. For my contribution, I wanted to include one of my paintings that has a powerful emotional significance for me. In this painting ‘Enchanted Tree’, I wanted to convey the happiness and energy this beautiful part of the Warwickshire countryside gives me by using an array of vivid colours and expressive brush strokes. It’s so important to have somewhere we can go that makes us feel peaceful, present, and alive. I think we all have one of those …
I’m currently working on a new collection of colourful paintings inspired by amazing smeared sky photography Matt Malloy. If you have not seen these incredible and unusual photographs yet I highly recommend taking a look! As soon as I saw them I knew I had to use them as reference for a vibrant new selection of work. There are plenty of eye catching new paintings on my easels at the moment that I can’t wait to share with you ☺ Watch this space!
It may be small, cluttered and bursting at the seams with paintings ready for my solo exhibition in November, but it’s my favourite place in the world 🙂 This is a glimpse of my little studio in Warwickshire.