All posts tagged: paint

An Interview with Artist Emily Heard – Whim Online Magazine

Sometimes when you need inspiration or a muse, it can be tricky to find. But recently I stumbled across a beautiful online magazine that is literally BURSTING with inspiration – Whim magazine.  I’ve also been incredibly lucky to have an interview about my art and process published to this wonderful site. If you are looking for a whimsical and dreamy inspiration hit, then look no further! Oh and if you want to learn about my everyday shenanigans as an artist have a read of my interview with them 😀

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 …

Finding inspiration for paintings

I’m no wizard with a camera, but I love the opportunity to combine my love of exploring with my love of seeking inspiration for paintings!  It was a warm, stormy Sunday today- the perfect chance to get out there and take some reference photos. I’ve taken plenty of photos that I can’t wait to turn into images on a canvas.  There’s something slightly hypnotic about dramatic skies and the unique quality of light that stormy days create.  Stay tuned over the next few weeks for my latest works 🙂

Where do you find your inspiration?

    Inspiration (literally meaning “to breathe into”) refers to an unconscious burst of creativity in a literary, musical, or other artistic endeavour – Wikipedia (of course). But where do we find it, and what can we do to facilitate it? From my point of view, there is nothing more satisfying than being completely absorbed in painting something beautiful and watching my own little colourful world come to life on a previously blank canvas.  Having said that, creative inspiration is magical when I have it, and frustrating as can be when I don’t.  As a part time artist, I have committed myself to spending as much time as I possibly can in pursuit of my work.  But sometimes, when I get in from the day job it can be a struggle to switch into ‘arty mode’ and force myself to paint.  No matter how hard I remind myself that I HAVE to stay focused and I HAVE to paint if I want to make my dream a full time reality, sometimes a stern word is just not enough.  I …

How does an artist know when a piece is finished? Part 2

Firstly, I have to apologise that I haven’t posted recently- I’ve been very busy with commissions and preparing for a little solo exhibition (framing, organising and varnishing take so much longer than you would think!).  I do all of this along side a full time job, and sometimes I just wish I was like Hermione from Harry Potter with the time travelling watch just so I could squeeze it all in.  But unfortunately I’m not, so for now I make do with being almost entirely nocturnal…hoot hoot.  My last post briefly tackled my take on the mystery ‘how does an artist know when a piece is finished’.  And I surmised that it’s not always the artist who decides this, but the viewers as well.  I chose to leave this piece ‘unfinished’ by popular demand.   However, a few weeks passed, and there the painting was…just looking at me.  Taunting me with it’s unfinished-ness.  So I caved, and put it back on the easel as a working progress.  And  after a few touch ups here and …

How does an artist know when a painting is finished?

  I recently shared the start of my latest painting to my Facebook art page.  To me it was just the beginning, the skeleton if you like, of a piece I planned a lot more work for.  However, the response I received for a painting I thought was in it’s infancy was surprisingly positive, with the general consensus being to leave it just as it is…. That got me thinking, how do you know when a piece is finished? So I had a little look on the internet to see what other artist’s had to say.. ‘I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess’- Jackson Pollock  ‘I find that at about the point when I no longer want to rip the canvas apart and smash the stretcher, then it’s probably about finished!’ – John Houston ‘The paintings I love most …

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: Keep an eye out for my next few posts where I will be uploading my some more colour explosions!! Emily x