All posts tagged: acrylic

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 …

Messy mind, happy heart?

My studio is messy, I’m not going to lie. I’m not organised, nothing has a dedicated place, and I mainly paint on the floor using cardboard boxes to rest my canvases on. Classy right? Everything in there is pretty much covered in paint splats..and if it isn’t, it will be. But despite the chaos, it’s the one place I feel surprisingly calm. The exciting news is that I have a new studio space being prepared ASAP. Maybe I’ll keep it tidy…watch this space.

A Colourful Start To The New Year!

After a fantastic Christmas and New Year (with a cheeky ski trip to Bulgaria), I am back to the easel with a SKIP, HOP and a SPLASH of paint (preferably not on the carpet please).  I have so many fun new ideas I cannot wait to get onto canvas, with plenty of commissions lined up!  It’s fair to say I am very much looking forward to what this year has in store. And because I am feeling so happy I thought I would share the good vibes with a lovely sale on all of my paintings for one month only (hoorah for bargains!).  So to start the new year off, if you feel like infusing a boost of colour into your home then head on over to my Art Finder store for sales galore (yes, I am a poet…I did not know it!).  There’s 10% off everything, which is always nice isn’t it? Just click the link below https://www.artfinder.com/artist/emily-louise-heard/sale/ Much Love  x

Alice In Wonderland- How An Aspiring Artist Can Relate

For some reason or another, lately I seemed to have regressed to listening to songs that were favourites of mine when I was a child (a time when I was usually found finger painting or sticking glitter to things with too much PVA glue- I can’t say much has changed).  Of course, the ever popular Disney featured pretty much exclusively in that little play list, which got me thinking about one story in particular- Alice In Wonderland.  I think that in a lot of ways Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland has a surprising relevance to how it feels to be an aspiring artist.  I should know, I am one. By this I do not mean that aspiring artists typically have the strange misfortune of literally falling down large and mysterious rabbit holes into fantasy worlds populated by hilarious anthropomorphic creatures.  That would be highly inconvenient.  I just mean that I can really relate to many of the popular quotes and themes from the story, and I would not be surprised if others shared my associations (aspiring …

Why do we like art?

‘Moving objects, like asteroids and Twitter tweets, come and go in short order. Art is stationary and it doesn’t change, except in how it is beheld’-  Perry Fisher Not only have I always loved art, but I’ve also always been immensely curious about it.  More specifically,  why do humans like to look at and create art?  What is it about viewing a certain image that generates a particular emotion, or desire to create within us?  So I decided to see what answers the vast world that is the internet has to offer, as well as provide my own little thoughts… Before I begin, I think it is important to note that these speculations are only covering humans in general, and do not account for individual differences in taste.  Although I am equally interested as to why it is  ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’,  I think I will cover this in another post to keep this one to the point 🙂 WHY DO HUMANS LIKE TO LOOK AT ART?  We are social creatures.   Art provides an …

The Little Things…

  There are a few little things about being an artist that I would like to draw attention to.  Some of these points may be fairly obvious to most of you, but  I think these points also cover some of the things that nobody really talks about. Things that I had to find out on my own… HANDY LITTLE SNIPPETS 1)  Do not underestimate how much paint you will get on yourself.  No matter how careful you are, or how meticulously you think you may have washed your hands, YOU WILL get paint on yourself or some unwitting inanimate object. I often find myself rushing to clean up the paint that I have smudged over my favourite mug,  unknowingly smearing more paint on with a hand I thought was paint free.   And that’s the thing about paint, it has a cunning way of hiding just out of plain sight (somewhere sneaky like an elbow or a foot) and reappearing somewhere uninvited (like your mobile phone). This is a war I am forever battling against, …

Dreaming..

    “Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.” | Langston Hughes       ”Put all you are Into the smallest thing you do. The whole moon gleams in every pool.” | Fernando Pessoa       “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” | Friedrich Nietzsche     “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” – Shel Silverstein     “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” | Ralph Waldo Emerson I love all of these inspirational quotes, and fully agree with the message that each and everyone portrays.  Life is for living, and we are only given one shot at it.  Which is why I am fully throwing myself into chasing my dream of becoming a full time professional artist.  Every spare moment …

Colourful Paintings- Rainbow Painter

  Art is my everything. It is the loud voice in my head that it is constantly singing, that I cannot silence- but do not wish to. It is on my mind as soon as I wake up, and it is the last thing I think about before I fall asleep. It is a core part of who I am and who I want to be, and I am undoubtedly at my happiest when I am painting the beautiful colours that transfix me. I started this blog with the intention to write about my journey from part time artist to full time artist.  So here’s a recent update…in sum, May seems to have been a manic manic month! Suddenly out of the blue everything seems to have changed gear.  I have a little solo exhibition at the end of the month, I am going to be part of Art Crasher’s Gallery tour in LA, and an Art Gallery now has six of my paintings to display and trial with the view to looking into having …