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If you haven't heard of the #artistsupportpledge, I hope this introduction encourages you to explore and use it.
ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE is a movement set up last year, in response to artists losing venues due to lockdown. The idea is to encourage artists to sell their work on-line – they post images and descriptions of their work under one umbrella on Instagram (#artistsupportpledge), the work cannot be priced over £200, and when an artist has sold work to the value of £1,000, that artist supports their art community by purchasing other artists’ work from #artistsupportpledge.
I tried this during its early stages and did not sell the piece I put up. I was discouraged by the failure but I now want to try again – so follow the link and you will see a small selection of one-off pieces.
I have set up a page on my website to give you a preview, and you can follow me on Instagram to find out when they will be available.
Do visit the #artistsupportpledge on instagram and see a wonderful range of artwork for sale – and hopefully you will feel inspired to start buying art – trust your instincts and buy what you love.
April's Moments involves Chocolate, Prize winner announcement, the potential of a new house and studio,
England is opening up and I am empowering myself to open up with it.
(If interested in the rest remember to sign up for the whole newsletter which will find your way into your e-mail box once a month.)
In December I committed to writing 12 newsletters, one a month. The newsletters are written and designed by me with information about the art/creative world that I inhabit.
As feedback/responses to these newsletters, I began to receive messages from you, I really like these interactions, they remind me that there are other people getting my vibe.
As a thank you, I set up a small competition to give away an original painting to one of my newsletter subscribers. I send these newsletters out via a service called MailChimp, and now have 424 readers.
On Saturday 10th April the competition ended and I asked Tony Roberts to pick a number between 1 and 424, the choose number would be the winner. Tony choose number 64.
drum roll please..........................
Number 64 is Zamshat Zhoraeva
Congratulations Kamshat, this painting will be wrapped well and sent to you.
Taking Advantage of an in-house model during lockdown
A friend of mine asked me if I had ever thought of using my artists skills to paint portraits. I nearly died, didn't she know that portraiture work is a tricky tricky subject. One that could leave me having sleepless nights worrying about how the painting would turn out, and compared to the Old Masters, it seemed like an overwhelming challenge. But as my artist skills improve with the hours at the easel, I find myself coming back to portrait work time and time again.
I am currently painting my daughter, a willing model, stuck at home during lockdown. I started by sketching using pencil for an hour once a week and after a month of sketches, I felt comfortable to explore painting her. I felt I knew her face inside out. I knew where the skin changed colour and the shadows fell across her neck, I thought I knew where the light reflected light back off her skin but nothing prepared me for actually painting this portrait. When painting there is always a stage in the process when the painting looks ugly, and this is where I am currently in my portrait of my daughter, I keep reminding myself this is the journey of the painting and not what my daughter looks like.
In the age of over-documentation, when every wedding features a full film crew and couples give screenings of their honeymoon pictures; when no mantelpiece is safe from the triptych photo card, be it for Christmas, birth or engagement; when instant self-reflective gratification is all that we know, why are we not indulging ourselves in portraiture?
Here are things that make me smile related to portraiture.
Royal Society of Portrait Painters
How much does it costs to commission a portrait?
Prices are based on size and complexity, but as a rough guide, a 40x50cm portrait painting is between between £1,500 - 3,500. It take time to paint a really good process and really should not be rushed.
A head portrait take around 4 weeks and a full figure portrait up to 6 weeks.
Excited to be doing this
GIVE AWAY TIME
I enjoy writing my Mini Moment newsletters and feel brave enough now to start to expand my readership.
My aim is to find more people, just like you, who would like to read the monthly newsletter in which I dip into parts of the visual creative industry that catch my eye, and tell you about my art practice – plus, open up the chance to have a conversation.
I have had a subscription sign-up on my website for a while but I would love to increase it. I know there are groups of wonderful people interested in visual art and I want to talk with them too.
I am going to GIVE one of my paintings to a newsletter subscriber!
A painting – yep, you read it right – not a print, an actual original painting, one that I have poured love into. And why? Because of you guys – your interest in my art practice is priceless and I want to take an opportunity to say thank you. Hopefully the chance to win one of my paintings will bring a little
C O L O U R
to the start of your year.
I'm giving away a figurative painting that I painted early in 2019. It is of a model called Lennie; the pose lounging in a pair of voluminous fuchsia pants that, if you look under the bent leg has a great shadow, I used dark violet to explain this space. I chose to paint the figure from the feet towards the head, which gave me the challenge of capturing the way the body foreshortens at this angle.
The painting is oil paint on board and measures 40 x 40 x 2 cm.
Titled 'She is a Woman'
The painting would work really well with a shallow tray frame. I am happy to recommend a good framer any time..
To enter the prize draw all you have to do is sign up to receive my Mini Moment newsletter – if you are already signed up to receive the newsletter, you don’t have to do anything – you will automatically be entered into the prize draw, I just ask you to message me on Instagram at
and let me where you would hang this painting if you won it
(remember to follow me, if this is your thing).
Remember to tell other art-loving friends, for their chance to win too.
The competition closes on 10 April 2021 at 18:00 and the winner will be announced in April's Mini Moment newsletter.