All posts tagged: life

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

When you feel sad…

So I haven’t been able to paint much lately. I’m a huge animal lover, and just lost one of my guinea pigs to genetic kidney disease. It was heart breaking to me.  Why am I telling you this? Well because it caused serious ‘artists block’.  I’m sure LOADS of people have experienced this sticky, blurry, head fuzz that decides to sit in your brain from time to time. For me it comes along when I feel sad. I don’t think there’s a cure, I think you just have to harness the bad and turn it into good. So I’m working on a whole new collection of paintings based on the unique little characters of animals, and the happiness they can bring us. Bit different to my previous landscapes, but art is a journey…as are the stories from our lives that enrich our work 👌 This collection will be  for you, Jelly Bean.

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 …

Life changing thoughts

“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” – Alan Watts. “No one is more dangerously insane than one who is sane all the time: he is like a steel bridge without flexibility, and the order of his life is rigid and brittle.” – Alan Watts. “We do not “come into” this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree.” – Alan Watts. “…tomorrow and plans for tomorrow can have no significance at all unless you are in full contact with the reality of the present, since it is in the present and only in the present that you live.” – Alan Watts