Morning everyone, I hope you are all having a relaxing holidays and have managed to stay out of the snow, wind and rain. (But of course staying out for that lovely sun that occasionally comes along ;-) )
I made a New Years Resolution to complete a full project this year which consisted of a number of art pieces that link together through theme or media. I also then wanted to get these professionally photographed if possible. Unfortunately I have experimented but had not felt anything to really grasp my interest until these last few days. I have felt a new wave of inspiration and have started some sketching to be taken into Textile Art Work. I tend to mainly work in pen when drawing, I feel it gives me more confidence to work with my mistakes and stops me feeling too conscious of perfection. This gives me my own illustrated style instead of striving to create a photograph perfect piece.
I am not going to give you too many hints about how these are going to be merged into textile art work, but for now I will leave you with a few photographs of my work. I will be looking forward to show you the process along the way.
Have an amazing holidays !
Prynhawn Da Pawb! I am today celebrating some of the inspirational people in my life. The first blog post of the morning was about Gary Mc Shane, a portraiture artist who focuses on large scale charcoal and pencil drawings. This afternoon I am going to share another old University friend, who is one of the strongest women I know. I was very lucky she was one of my first housemates when I moved to Carmarthen; and though we live on other sides of Wales now we always remain close.
Emily has been through a tough life having to deal with a disability which cannot be seen and a lot of destructive people who have tried to put her down. However, after her beautiful little daughter Leela came along Emily really turned her life around, fighting her chronic physical and mental illnesses and creating an amazing life for her and her daughter.
Emily has started her business Caged Fire which gives recipes and insights of how she is recovering from her illness, as well as educating her young daughter at home. Her food is vegan friendly, but more importantly delicious and nutritious for adults and young children. Her recipes leave you not craving anything with a mix of delicious deserts, healthy meals and vitamin packed smoothies. She updates regularly about how she uses yoga in her life and suggests useful books to explore to develop your own healthy routines.
Emily home schools her daughter Leela and gives updates of how she sets up activities to help her learn and progress. Emily explains how she mixes homeschooling with everyday tasks and how to make your child feel confident and develop their imagination. The blog also discusses how to eat healthy on a budget, how to help you with your anxiety problems and interesting places around South Wales to play and explore.
I hope you all go check out her blog and try out some of her recipes- Warning... They may be amazingly delicious. But this is just a well done Emily, you are doing amazing!
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/cagedfireyogi/?fref=ts
I will leave you with some photographs of me and Emily (when we first met), Leela and Emily in matching onesies (old picture- but one of my favorites) and me with the beautiful girlies
Bore da pawb. I hope you have all had an amazing Easter and have scoffed lots of Easter eggs. Today I am sharing with you an inspirational artist I went to University with, who still continues to surprise me with his realistic and detailed drawings. Gary Mc Shane who is based in Cork, Ireland creates stunning portraits using charcoal and pencils. He chooses his imaginary using a keen eye for current trends from films, tv shows and sporting moments currently going on in the World. He also looks back and chooses icons from the past which still have a impact on most of us today. He shows the continuation of how each piece is made on his facebook group so you are able to see the journey to create one of these masterpieces. He is running workshops for drawing in Ireland (which I am currently still unhappy about as I wish they were closer to home). I would seriously suggest going to these classes if you are in that area at the times needed.
Thank You for the inspiring work Gary and keep going, these are incredible.
Hwyl fawr pawb.
Gary's facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GaryMcShaneArtist/info/
Gary's website: http://garymcshaneartist.com/
First blog post in a while, but I promise you I will be keeping up a little bit more now. So I have been incredibly lucky to spend most of my life living in National Trust properties in beautiful locations. At the age of 11 my family moved to Wales, I did not know at the time how this move would really shape my career into becoming an artist and a teacher. Living in the historic and natural surroundings of Powis Castle in Welshpool made me interested in both education and natural and textured processes within Art. Looking back at these pictures makes me realise how lucky I have been. I am wondering if to create postcards at some point from my images to sell and the interest in these stunning picture of the castle? I am sure it can not be just me who really finds this place so magical.
Louise is an Textile Artist/ Designer and Secondary Art Teacher. www.louiseswanton.com