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Christmas gift ideas

Curl up on the sofa with a colourful cow. Not everyday you can say that right?

Lots of my colourful work can be bought as cool accessories now – not a bad idea with Christmas on the way!

Shop here:ย https://www.redbubble.com/โ€ฆ/emilylโ€ฆ/works/16003470-cow-faceโ€ฆ

Emily Louise Heard

Cow

 

Picture yourself at 80 years old

It’s a peaceful Saturday night, and I’m sat with a mural I painted for our bedroom. I’m leading up to the start of something new – I’ve finally made the decision to reduce my hours at a full time day job in order to spend more time chasing my art. If you’d told me this 3 years ago I’d have probably fallen over.

Art is a journey I’ve always wanted to follow. From being 4 years old staring at a painting on a classroom wall to being 18 years old crying in the shower because I decided to follow my head and not my heart..and cancelled my application to art college to study psychology. It’s a path that’s full of uncertainty, fear and anxiety. Fear of failure, judgement and the unknown. But it’s also full of meaning and colour, and makes far more sense to me than anything else I know how to do.

Sure I’ll have less money, will need to work harder than ever without any guarantees of success. But I sure as hell don’t want to find myself at 80 years old, nearing towards the end of the one life I’ve had without having taken a risk and given it a dam good try.

Wish me luck ๐Ÿ™

We spend too much time not living

Art isn’t just about creating, it’s about taking the time to sit and think. To explore ideas in your mind and just be.

I don’t think any of us take enough time just to think, or just to be. We spend our lives rushing, chasing, doing, going, working, watching, scrolling…

Take time out just to be in your own body, and in your own mind.

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Do what you love

Art is a journey. A process, an experiment, an expectation of what the next piece will be. It’s full of emotion, self criticism, doubt, hope, joy, apathy, frustration, bliss, shame and pride. Next time you look at a piece of work by an artist, know that you are not just viewing brush marks on a canvas, but fear of failure, judgement, bravery, a labour of love and an undying drive to never stop fighting to do what you love. www.emilylouiseheard.com