YouTube VideosPosted by Emily King Fri, March 28, 2014 11:22:14 ArtDemo & ArtLab Ok, something I should have done a while ago…..I'd like to ANNOUNCE…… the arrival of my art tutorials/demos on youtube. I'm currently running two series, one entitled ArtDemo where I demonstrate the use of mixed media by tutorials or time lapsed sequences AND the other series is entitled ArtLab where I experiment with creating my own product ranges or different types of paint application. I'll keep posting my latest videos on here so keep an eye out for updates if you aren't already getting them via youtube, Facebook or Twitter. I also have a gallery of photos taken of my youtube projects which you can see at http:youtubevideos.sitesorted.co.uk Feel free to take a look. For now, let's look at the latest video I've published on youtube: Mixed Media on Black Gesso Watch the embedded video below:
Decorative ArtPosted by Emily King Mon, September 26, 2011 12:38:04 I've finally managed to give linocut a go. It's fiddly but very rewarding (managed to slice into my fingertip doing it - still, practise makes perfect). I took inspiration from the beach hut painting I did (see previous blog post). Definitely doing another as soon as I get the chance.
Dungeness, perched on the Kent coast with it's 3 lighthouses, is without a doubt, one of the strangest places I've ever been. Well known for it's nuclear power station you'd be inclined to make jokes about 3-eyed fish in the sea, but ironically enough, it's actually a vast nature reserve of international interest, protecting numerous animal and plant species. Dotted about in the vast, flat wilderness of natural gravel and shrubs, there are little fisherman's huts clad in Kent's famous weather boarding. This is where you least expect to see residential properties, but here they are, in the middle of nowhere, some of them beautifully tended with gravel featured gardens and abandoned boats standing like drift wood sculptures, relics of a bygone fisherman era. Derek Jarman's beach house is one of the more popular of these properties, but each one of these unique little beach huts make for wonderful subject matter in paintings and I intend to do many more. This painting is done in acrylics on a highly textured ground and paint wraps around the canvas so that framing is not essential. This painting is on block canvas and is ready to hang. It measures 40x40cm or 16x16" with a depth of 1.5".
LandscapesPosted by Emily King Wed, June 15, 2011 13:22:24 Finally used a textured surface I prepped a while ago using black gesso and texture paste with glass beads. It's a local landmark, something of a theme for paintings I'm hoping to get under way, now I've started.
(Image upload on this blog is useless.... might have to switch blog provider)
RhetoricPosted by Emily King Sun, June 12, 2011 17:00:59 Many a Sunday morning of late, I've found myself reclining on the sofa with my 6yr old daughter watching that well known programme 'The Joy of Painting'. There's no better way to relax than to the dulcet tones of Bob Ross, his affable demeanour, the sound of a 2" paint brush on canvas and his anecdotal musing whilst executing paintings from his imagination. Possibly the only Sunday morning relaxation equivalent for me is watching Nigella baking, cooking or whisking up some sort of hybrid recipe to get you salivating and writing your next shopping list. In fact you could say there's a similarity between Bob Ross and Nigella in this regard, neither of them purists and both of them divulging short cut secrets to impressive or satisfying outcomes.
Bob Ross, however, may be outcast from fine art as something of a McDonalds of the art world. His work does have a slightly conveyer-belt look to it as the trees are always the same: pine trees painted with the same brush and technique, mountains carved with the same painting knife in the simplest of application - HOWEVER, what I love about him is his mission to dispel the myth out there that most people can't paint. You don't have to be a member of the RA to be a painter after all. You don't have to sit rigidly at your easel replicating the subject matter before you in a long and drawn out process of execution. What he encourages people to do (mostly newbies to the painting world) is not to be afraid of the paint brush or canvas in the first place, not to be afraid of your own imagination, that certain, albeit formulaic objects are easier to paint than you might think - over and over again, without fail. Just changing the composition or the light or colour palette and you have a whole series of paintings.
What I glean from Bob Ross is his positive attitude towards paintings which is infectious. He says, "If you aren't enjoying painting, perhaps it isn't for you" - painting should be all about enjoyment. He's also famously quoted as saying that, "we don't make mistakes, we just have happy little accidents". He instructs viewers on composition by endearingly mentioning that a "happy little tree" needs a friend just here, painting one in next to it to "keep it company".
He's probably THE MOST portrayed artist in satyr out there - just search u-tube for Bob Ross and you'll find more spoofs than the real thing. Well known for his 70's afro hair (particularly noticeable as a white guy), his softly spoken voice and his gentle American accent, he's an easy target to the world of comedy. However, his contribution is not to be scoffed at - his chief aim most apparent in making painting accessible to all is an admirable endeavour in itself. This is surely to be celebrated not ridiculed. (Although, the spoofs will always be amusing yet predictable).
I for one felt hugely miffed when googling him one day to find out that he'd passed away, much the same age as my own father - sweetly enough it saddened my 6yr old too. I also learnt that he'd held a position in Alaska whilst serving in the army, where most of his inspiration for painting was derived. Also, interestingly enough, he'd vowed when leaving the army never to shout again. Can you ever imagine this guy shouting? SIR, YES, SIR! I for one can't.
I very much doubt I will grow weary of his programmes for the shear calm it exudes on a Sunday morning shared with my little girl, but also, the little gems he presents here and there that I will carry with me on executing my next paintings.
RhetoricPosted by Emily King Thu, June 09, 2011 15:47:21 I once recommended Dad to take a look at a web site featuring Chris Forsey's work. He demo'ed at our art group regularly and I just love his work.
http://chrisforsey.com/ (now a member of the RA).
Here's what Dad had to say:
"Thankyou for the link to Chris Forsey's site. I agree with you that it's inspirational, it makes you want to get cracking & do something cultured & useful, like a good painting. His style is a little illustrational for my taste (ie. the reality of the perception is not the priority, the quality & general feel of the finished product takes precedence) but that's not a criticism. He's got a great confidence and obviously really enjoys doing it. Doing a painting is a bit like playing a piece of music, it could be improvisation, or it could be a performance of something someone else composed. But the performer's technique & ability (chops, as they say in the jazz world) will always be the most crucial factor for the audience. Of course, a piece of music takes a while to get through, whereas you can view a painting in one hit." 15.02.08
My brother and I are hoping to get a site up and running featuring Dad's art work and possibly doing prints. I'll let you know as and when things appear on there.
Decorative ArtPosted by Emily King Tue, June 07, 2011 11:49:41 I finally finished the Stars & Stripes after trying out the Union Jack (which sold btw). I really enjoy collage although the Star Spangled Banner is a lot more complicated than the Union Jack to assemble or paint - 50 stars and 13 stripes. (You can't see the top stripe - it's disappeared above the photo, but it's just about there).