It has just come to my attention that www.wallpart.com is using and selling my artwork without my permission . It seems they have sourced at lest one image from the article I did for H Blyth recently that didnt have the copyright watermark on it. I have emailed them, but it is very distressing. I am not the only one, as at least two other artists I am aware of have had their work stolen. I run a very small business, and this is out and out theft of my work, that they have not had permission to use. I take care to place a watermark on my images, but on this occasion it was felt that the paintings would look better without it. A steep learning curve. I would not like to take my images down, but what to do? Except to say, please buy work from artists directly, as it hurts. My time, my ideas robbed by others.
Helfa Gelf is a Welsh Arts Trail, which allows the public access to artist's studio's across North Wales, to allow people to come and see the creative processes that go on inside the artist's mind. There are a huge variety of different artists that take part, and this is the tenth year of the event. This year in September, I am taking part, along with the renowned illustrator: Lisa Fox, and Pam Peters, who does amazing things with Kiln Fired Glass. Together, the three of us are exhibiting in the RSPB reserve in Conwy, for two weekends in September. See link here for details. http://foxemedia.wix.com/conwycreative
So do come and visit us. We will all be doing some work at the same time as chatting and eating cake! So I sense some VERY impressionistic pieces on the way!
I must apologise that I have been so quiet on here for so long! I really don't know where the weeks go to.... Apart from the fact that at this time of year the hedgerows are bursting at the seams with loveliness , demanding to be painted, I have been busy painting a few more paintings of Hafodunos Hall.... You know me and ruins!.. To be honest, I went through a dry patch, and felt so much pressure of work, that I needed to get back to what I instinctually want to paint, without any pressure producing work. And in doing that, I found my mojo again. I think it is really important to be true to yourself as an artist, rather than painting what you think could be commercially successful. Of course everyone wants to make a living, but in art, it is quite possible to sell your soul. Going with your own flow allows you to take time to experiment and make decisions that will take your work forward. Anyway, I have also painted quite a bit for the local art show, and now am on to new work to take to Ireland.
Also, in July I am doing a series of art lessons in Conwy Art & Craft; Conwy. I think there is one place left... So will get new work up here soon. Meantime, happy painting, and enjoy beautiful June...
On the 30th May, there is an open day at Hafodunos Hall, a historic Gothic style house, that is in much need of restoration work. It is a beautiful building, with extensive grounds, and well worth a visit.
www.hafodunos-hall.co.uk. I am exhibiting my artwork there and some of the proceeds will go towards the restoration fund. You can also read about the hall in a stunning book by Mark baker: Hafodunos Hall: Llangernyw: Triumph of the Martyr.
I have just returned from a visit to Donegal S. Ireland, to take over some new work, one of which is another Laurentic painting. This vessel sadly sank in Lough Swilly, off Malin Head in 1917, having struck two German mines. She sank within an hour and 354 souls lost their lives. It seems fitting to post this today, as not only is there a conference on the Laurentic in Letterkenny: Donegal tomorrow, but there are commemorative services this weekend at both St Mura's Church of Ireland cemetery: Fahan, and Cockhill cemetery: Buncrana, to remember those who lost their lives. I have listed the original painting under the Inishowen category, and it also appears below. The original is now in the Glashedy Art Gallery in Ballyliffin. I am also offering Limited Edition prints, and cards if wanted. If the original sells I would like to pledge 10% to the Lough Swilly Lifeboat service, who risk their lives to help us all.
Sometimes you see inspiration in the most unlikely places. I have found that if something moves you and you are inspired by it, to strike while the iron is hot so to speak. This patch of early Snowdrops were just growing by the side of the road in our village. It was cold and crisp, and the thin February light was filtering through the trees. I made some quick notes, then went back to try out some interpretative ideas straight away. I am happy with it, as it expressed what I wanted to say. I have listed it under the flowers collection.
H Blyth & Co is my favourite art shop in Manchester. Art shops, and I mean GOOD Art shops, are a dying breed. Most art materials are bought online now, but nothing beats a store where the assistants really know their stuff. I go there whenever I can, and also to buy things that I would not buy online. For instance: brushes. Buying expensive watercolour brushes is not an online job, especially not for me. I bought my favourite, trusted and costly Kolinski Sable brushes there, where for example, they let me test them in water first, before purchasing them.
So aside from that personal help, a good art shop offers other links / info / networking etc, and is invaluable... so it is a case of use them or lose them.
Anyway, recently I was thrilled when they asked me to contribute an article for their blog, which has been published today! Liz Bolloten - Artist Feature
I am now happy to offer for sale my painting of the SS Laurentic.
Built in 1927 by Harland and Wolff Shipbuilders in Belfast for the White Star Line, it was torpedoed by the German Submarine U-99 on 3rd November 1940 off the Donegal Coast (Bloody Foreland) Southern Ireland. 49 souls lost their lives. The ship was the last of the White Star Line Vessels to sink.
The painting measures approximately 15" x 19" framed in a neutral frame and double mounted. I am also offering limited edition prints in the large size only. If you are interested in purchasing the painting please contact me for details.
I have just completed this commission for a wedding. Called "O My Dove" it is a pair of pigeons in Conwy town walls.
Its been a long while since I updated my blog... sorry for the silence! I have been working on my new collection of Bodysgallen Hall, North Wales, and also doing a number of commissions.
I would like to spend some time soon just experimenting and doodling, but the commissions keep coming in! Not that I am complaining... each one is a challenge, and different from the next. You really have to look at your subject and think about ways to describe it in a unique way.
I tend to work with a lot of water (it is watercolour!!) but that means letting go and sometimes allowing the picture to paint itself. Its good to have some kind of idea before you start as to what you want to achieve, and to this end I try to gather as much material visually as I can. I never work slavishly from photographs, but rather use them as a reference, along with sketches, and anything else that will jog my memory. Once the painting starts, I tend to paint intuitively, and to an extent see what happens!
So, off to finish some daffodils now.....