All posts tagged: emilylouiseheard

Pastel sky painting by Emily Louise Heard

Life without Social Media

Hello May! Some of you may have read my recent posts on Social Media, letting you know I was taking a short break from the platforms to focus on creativity. I’m thinking more and more that social media, whilst a fantastic platform for creatives, can become a little overwhelming and a bit of a distraction from what really matters. So I’m not sure how long I’ll be away, but I know I definitely need some time off.  If you have had similar nagging doubts about Social Media, and it’s impact on your time and energy, I’d love to know. (If you are reading this from Facebook – I’ve got an automatic sharing link set up, I’m not back just yet!) The short time I’ve been away so far has refreshed my mind and given me a whole new sense of focus. Here’s what I’ve been up to … So many new paintings! I’ve had a flurry of creative energy, whilst I have been cleansing my mind from technology. I’ve added all my new pieces to my …

Paintings to lift your mood |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

What happens when you buy art?

                  ”When you buy something from an artist you are buying more than an object. You’re buying hundreds of hours of errors and experimentation. You’re buying years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You’re not buying just one thing, you are buying a piece of a heart, a piece of a soul… a small piece of someone else’s life.” -Rebekah Joy Plett

Find your voice

It’s not until very recently I’ve found the art I want to keep creating. My path as a self taught artist hasn’t been easy, and at times I’ve berated myself, criticized everything about my work and almost given up. I didn’t have a defined voice or ‘brand’ even though I was desperately trying to find it. The moment I stopped frantically asking myself ‘what defines me as an artist’ and just painted straight from my heart I found the answer. If you’re struggling with the same thing, stop judging yourself! Let it happen naturally ❤🌈 It’s a journey.

Find your direction

I’ve literally struggled for YEARS to find a consistent theme to keep in my work. I know I like bright colours and that my work leans towards contemporary impressionism, but to be honest that is about it. The rest of the time I was like a child in a sweet shop running around with glee and distraction by all the bloody beautiful things to paint. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only artist to wrestle with this struggle. Don’t get me wrong, I still sell my work, take commissions, and have solo exhibitions and I’m very happy with the journey I’m on. But I’m even happier to say I think that finally I’m not just skipping along a path I want to follow anymore, but running with purpose. I think this piece is a turning point for me, I’ve never enjoyed painting a piece more and felt so much enthusiasm to create more. I’ve named it Briony, after my sister a she continues to inspire me with her strength and resilience of character after a …

Put yourself in the picture

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 …

A new perspective

I’m currently working on this painting.  Whilst I began with bundles of enthusiasm for a moment I seemed to have hit a wall with where I wanted to take the piece.  I couldn’t decide if I loved it or HATED it.  Artists can often get ‘too close’ to their work to really understand how the image is progressing. I know I often go into ‘perfectionist mode’ too soon into the painting and become impatient.  I have an image of how I want the painting to be and I want it to get there NOW! Of course we all know that you can’t rush art 🙄 Sometimes in art (and life) simply looking at something from a new perspective gives the image a whole new feel, and provides us with a fresh new wave of enthusiasm for the work.  If you are struggling with a painting, turn it upside down and look at it.  Stare  at in the mirror, or simply capture it from the most awkward or interesting angle you can manage.  It really helps …