January 19, 2014
Here’s my latest piece – ‘Let’s Get Lost’. I’m longing for those summer days when adventures like this will be possible. This piece was inspired by a fashion look-book image. I just loved the bright colours, and the challenge of the details. It was fun. I’m slowly finding my way. There is a print available on Etsy.
December 7, 2013
I have been testing and experimenting with my painting styles for a few months now. I always want to make my work pretty to look and and interesting; I’m not too concerned with making boundary breaking art, just something that people want to look at and makes them happy.
I have always loved the detail in art. As a child there was a particular book that I always wanted to get out from the library when I could; it was a picture book that had such detailed pictures that my sister and I would play ‘Find the…’ with it in the evenings. That book, and the gorgeous story books by Shirley Barber and Jill Barklem are the works that inspire me. I have found, however, one other to add to the list. Carl Larsson.
Carl was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1853. He was from a poor family, but his artistic talent made a way for him and he was accepted on a scholarship to an art school in his teenage years.
He spent years as an illustrator for magazines and newspapers before moving to an artist’s colony just outside Paris where he met his wife-to-be Karin. This is when things began to change for Carl. He stopped using Oil paints and transferred to watercolour. Carl and Karin were also given a house, beautifully called ‘Lilla Hyttnäs’. It was here, with Karin and his eight children for inspiration, that he created his most memorable works. These snap shots of family life have a warmth that is palpable and very inspirational. Carl was also a bit of an interior designer, which I think comes out in is detailed paintings.
I could post more and more pictures (mostly from Wikipaintings!) , but for your internet’s sake I shall cease. I think Carl could be one of my new favorites. His art is something like I have been pursuing, I’ve a long way to go yet, but pieces a little like this are my aim, thank you Carl!