I hope you all are having a fab New Year. It's been a bit quiet on my end due to being busy and rather unwell. But I've got myself back in the studio starting a new piece. Below is some photographs of the work at different points in the painting process so far. This includes sketch, initial start of painting, after about 3 hours and finally after 5hours work today. Really starting to enjoy painting this and I think it is starting to look really good. What do you think?
So it is that time of the year again where we spend time reflecting on what we have achieved and set new targets for the oncoming year. I have had an interesting year experimenting with a wide range of techniques and ideas and really starting to push my art skills. I have had a range of products available after completing some pen drawings and developing these into pattern pieces in photoshop. More things in my products section has included a new range of scarfs with different patterns and prints as well as cards with my own photography on; I have also created a new style of brooch this using free hand machine embroidery to create delicate and unique butterflies. I have used oil paints for the first time and have started to really enjoy it; I know this is a media I will be taking forward in 2017, and I will hopefully get my massive portrait completed as well! r I am most proud this year however of my work which got into The Qube open arts competition looking at migration and the plight of the refugees risking everything to get to Britain. I felt proud to be a part of an exhibition which had such a range of inspiring artists.
Of course I have had my bad points during the year, letting myself feel defeated when I have struggled with confidence in my own artwork. I am very lucky however that in this moment I found a group of artists who not only inspired me to create again, but also made me value my own work produced. I understand the importance of being around the right people, and I know I will be spending much of next year with this group.
So now it is time to start thinking through New Years Resolutions, it is only a day and a bit away and I like to do this early so I don’t rush. My last year’s plans didn’t quite work out as well, as even though I have completed work this year and I have had successful moments, I just did not have the time to do everything I wanted to achieve. This year I am trying to set a few achievable targets.
Right so that is all from me for this year. I hope you have all had an amazing holidays and have a fabulous New Year.
Hi everyone, I hope you have all had a nice and relaxing week and are enjoying the run up the holidays. I have had a very lazy, no artwork related week with lots of shopping, seeing friends and family, horse riding, tidying and sleeping. The studio however has had a good clean today and I am starting to get ideas for my next artwork. I have found it really hard to find inspiration lately, but finding a new group of artists to chat to in the studio this year has started to boost my confidence again and is getting me thinking about new ideas to experiment with. I am looking forward to getting out with my camera after Christmas to get visuals of nature and hopefully some model shoots as well if I have the chance.Fingers crossed the weather will be nicer than today! I am wanting to depict strong people as well as the beauty of nature this year. That's as much as I will say for now.
Right, now to the most important part of this post. I would like to say a big thank you to my followers, my likers, my sharers on all my social media platforms; For not only making me smile with your likes and comments, but also for the ongoing support which pushes me to continue to create. I hope you all have an amazing holidays with family or friends. Make sure you relax and get ready for the New Year.
Ps- Sorry this is a little early, wasn't sure if I would have enough time if not before Christmas to write my blog
Pps- The ponies also want to wish you all a Merry Christmas!
Morning! It has been a while since I have posted here, but please remember to add me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouiseSwantonTextiles/ as sometimes I post a little bit more there.
It has been a really busy month or two with commissions and getting things prepared for the galleries Christmas exhibition. I am rather ready for a little break to relax and hopefully get some inspiration back to create a new project. Until then I will leave you with some photographs of work I have completed recently.
First some photographs of my current oil painting, it has a lot of work to go to complete. But I am happy about how much progress I have made so far. I am trying to get into the habit of taking before and after photographs so I can easily see the improvement in my own wok and understand how much I have completed in a session.
The next photograph is of a recent comission I have been working on. I have been experimenting with different colours on my free hand embroidery butterfly brooches, using bright blues and purples instead.
Hope you have all had a great start to your half term! I have had a productive and fun half term so far (and it's only Monday morning!!) Yesterday I had an early morning of knitting and a mid morning and afternoon painting. The piece is based on a photograph of me when I was about 18, and I love the atmosphere and composition of the piece. Below are pictures of my progress so far, hopefully I will be back at the studio soon to complete more and give you soon more updates. It has quite a lot of work to go, but pretty happy so far!
Below portrait pictures are some sneak peek photographs of my first scarf in the making ready to go to the Qube. More to come during the week so keep an eye on my Facebook or my blog :-)
I must have had one of the most stressful weeks in a very long time, but had a great escape day on Saturday at an oil painting class delivered by the fantastic Darren Fraser. I felt frustrated working in a new media with a lot on my mind, but the class was both supportive and energetic. I am still not completely happy with this, but I am glad I have experimented and tried something new (and a painting in a 4/5 hour workshop is quite impressive). A big thank you to the artist and the group. On another note I also have some new yarns and scalfs will be made up this week ready for the Christmas Exhibition at The Qube. EXCITING !!!
Private view of the open arts exhibition, including my work at The Qube Gallery, Oswestry Friday 15th
A little bit of a late night post to keep you all up to date with my work. Tomorrow night (Friday the 16th) will be the Private View of The Qube Open Arts Exhibition. I managed to have a pre-preview at a networking event on Wednesday and have to say I was incredibly impressed by the range of work; Including two of my pieces looking into migration. The private view is at The Qube Gallery in Oswestry and will be starting at 7. You will have the chance to vote for your favorite in show from tomorrow till the end of the exhibition.
I hope you can all make it :-)
I bet you didn't expect another blog post today. But after hearing the news earlier I just couldn't wait to tell you all. This year I have been shortlisted for The Qube Open Arts Exhibition. Two of my pieces will go up in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition, before being judged by an independent panel and visitors to the gallery. I've had work in one of these exhibitions before and was so amazed at the quality and range of work on display. I can't wait. So you wonder.... what work is going up in the gallery? I have been working on the theme 'migration' looking at the battle to get to safety and freedom by many refugees. I will give you photos and a brief explanation for now, but soon I will give you a full artist statement. The first piece is a life jacket which has been embroidered with many of the names of refugees which have died on their travels to a safer country. I wanted to make a statement and a place where these people weather old, young or babies can be remembered. It was sad to find some only hours old having died upon this journey. Even harder maybe was the difficulty in finding the names of those who have died, so instead I have sewn the dates and the horrendous number or missing or dead.
The second piece is thinking about freedom and using embroidered butterflies to symbolize this. Resting on the fragile threads with powerful words written on them in pure white. 'Hope' 'Freedom' 'Safe'
Hi Everyone!! I hope you are all enjoying your summer holidays (even if it is raining, boooo!) So I have just got some new stock into The Qube Gallery, which was mega exciting, for me anyways. So with my new stock in, unfortunately I have to say goodbye to my old. I am having a mega sale on all my jewellery pieces and scarfs in my Etsy shop to make room in my studio for my new range. The stock is limited, as it is all premade stock. So have a look and remember it's never too early to shop for Christmas ;-) hehe
My etsy shop can be found on: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LouiseSwanton
Have a fab day everyone :-)
Good Afternoon Everyone,
So today I have made my drop off to the Qube Gallery in Oswestry. So exciting to show off my new stock and get them shown in such an awesome gallery. Below are some photos (bad lighting I know) of the tea towels and frame stock that went into the gallery. Look at my past posts to see the embroidered butterflies, card designs and pearl jewellery. So if you are looking for a gift go to The Qube or email me on Louiseswanton@hotmail.co.uk These will soon be for sale on Etsy (Don't worry I'll blog you when my store is all set up again). Have a great weekend!
Louise is an Textile Artist/ Designer and Secondary Art Teacher. www.louiseswanton.com