Monthly Archives: January 2014

New Year’s Inspiration

I have been reading other artists’ blogs about their new year’s resolutions and found them really inspiring.  It is easy to sit down and paint something in my comfort zone and not push myself to try something new.  But that way I don’t learn anything.  I could spend time painting and then put all the paintings away, never to see the light of day again.  But then there’s no drive and sense of achievement..

I received a very good book for Christmas – ‘The Artist’s Guide’ by Jackie Battenfield.  It is written primarily with the American artist in mind, but from page 1 I was hooked.  It is full of inspiration and really sound advice for both experienced artists and those just starting out.  Initially there are a lot of mental exercises to do to clarify your thoughts on what you actually want to do.  ‘Become a successful Artist’ will just not do!  However I do draw the line at writing my own obituary!  I would recommend it to anyone wishing to do something more with their art.

On the crest of this wave of inspiration I have taken steps to have two of my paintings giclee printed.  This is something I have wanted to do for a while but kept putting it off.

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I chose this because I was pleased with the composition and the architectural quality.

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This is my current painting

Both paintings were done on Hahnemuhle 300gsm HP.  This was relatively new to me and I found it quite difficult and unforgiving at first.  However, when it came to adding the detail I liked it.  Initially it sucked up the paint before I was ready, but after a few layers it was very easy to manipulate.  The prints are to be of Hahnemuhle Photo Rag so should work well.