All posts tagged: canvas

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 …

Hot Air Balloon Painting

    I love how enchanting hot air balloons look floating gently across the sky. To me, they represent a whimsical form of escapism from reality- I cannot help wondering where they are going, but like to think it’s somewhere magical.  Have a look at my latest painting- this is the second hot air balloon themed piece I have painted, and really enjoyed every minute of it.  I intend to paint a few more- what do you think?   Emily x          

Psychedelic Peacock!

  ‘Colour is the medium we emotionally dance in and spiritually swim through.  Colour is light, memory, and speculation.  More or less, pale or saturated, colour is at the confluence of celebration and creativity that brightens up our day’ – Unknown A bit like a moth to a flame, I often find myself completely hypnotised by bright and beautiful colours.  Everything about them fascinates me- the way they interact, they way they compliment and contrast with one another, the way they mix, and the way that they change and dance in differing levels of light and dark.  Peacocks, are exceptionally colourful creatures, and it is for that reason I am really enjoying working on my current painting ‘Mr Psychedelic Peacock’. I began using a reference photo, but half way through abandoned all attempt at realism and decided to paint from my head.   For some reason or another, my mind is constantly fixated on colour so this has been a fairly cathartic process which expresses my love of the magical rainbow of colours which exist in the …

Beautiful Boat Paintings

  I’ve been very busy this weekend painting!  I’ve been working on six different paintings which I will be uploading over the next few days, but for now, here’s two of my beautiful little boat paintings. These two mini paintings look lovely as a pair, or on their own 🙂     For more of my work, please feel free to say hello on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emilylouiseart Keep an eye out for my next few posts where I will be uploading my some more colour explosions!! Emily x

Vibrant and Colourful Mountain Painting

Sometimes I wonder if my brain would much rather I see the world continuously as if I were on psychedelics…anyway- here’s my latest painting.   When I’m painting, there’s no process I follow or regimented technique I stick to.  I just tend to paint and see what happens…I’m pleased with how this impulse piece turned out- but I would love to know what you think. Emily x For more of my work, have a look at my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/emilylouiseart    

Colourful Rain Painting

  This piece is inspired by one of my favourite artists, who I looked to for improving the freedom of my technique. This painting means something special to me, not because of what it looks like, but what it represents. Underneath the thick layers of colourful acrylic, there are two of my previous paintings which I poured over for hours, making continuous adjustments, critically comparing each detail to my reference photos and then starting all over again by quickly sweeping a layer of white paint over my work.  I repeated this process twice. To others, it seemed like a waste of time and effort, but to me this was not a pointless task.  It was a valuable lesson in learning about myself as an artist, and about what works and what doesn’t when putting paint to canvas. I am a self taught, and find that making mistakes and creating ‘failed masterpieces’ is all part of the learning process as I continue my journey to on the road to becoming a full time artist.     For …