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A Need to Go Mad…

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I’ve been spending a lot of the time in the studio lately…! Time management, I will admit, has always been a struggle… Right now I am juggling my time between my part time work for Peter Cox Photography Gallery, a few commission works including illustrating a little book of children’s poem by friend the American poet Barbara Botch, and preparing for my Solo Exhibition at the Boathouse Gallery in Kinsale, County Cork.

After spending a good few days and hours on these various commissions, I needed to “stretch” my creativity and just “go mad” a little on something which was not meant for anybody in particular…

So with no particular agenda, I squeezed a good amount of some of my favorite colours on a palette and then guessed what…. : I used my fingers.

Detail of the sky…

I had seen several blog posts and videos recently about “intuitive painting” and I just wanted to try it a little… To paint the hills then I used a combination of my fingers and some of my bigger brushes, I wanted to keep a “looser” feeling to the painting.

Of course to paint the flowers I had to rely on my smaller brushes again…!

So there, I think Studio Assistant Clochette was pretty pleased with the results..

I know it’s impossible to please everybody, but I am quite please witht the combination of loose background mixed with the little details… What do you think?

Amélie

Untitled Artists Fair – London…

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A week ago yesterday I was making the long trip back home, driving from central London back to Killarney, after a weekend spent at the Untitled Artists Fair on King’s Road in Chelsea…

Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road

The building and the location were fantastic, right in the middle of Chelsea… The setting up was a little less ideal however… With no allocated car park for the exhibitors, I was forced to find a small car park elsewhere and carry my stuff accross a very busy road 3-4 times with my trolley… Phew!

After setting up on Friday morning, I had a few hours to kill before the opening at 5.30, so I had a little wonder around Covent Gardens, an area I like a lot in London, (I was tempted by Portobello but had been there on my previous trip to London! )

The city was all prepared for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee…

The Apple Market, Covent Gardens

 

Friday night came and the opening was quite busy, but no luck for me on the night… In fact, not much more luck for the whole weekend unfortunately…! I managed to sell a few prints, but that was it unfortunately… Perhaps the jubilee events were taking away from the fair, or there was insufficient advertising..? Who knows… I was disapointed with the organiser of the event who never came around to see how we were doing or just to introduce himself in general, which I thought was a little rude..

On the bright side, the highlight of my weekend was definitely getting to meet some of my fellow exhibitors, I would love to introduce you to a few of them..

In the booth right next to mine was Graham Holland, he was a great neighbour to have and we got on like house on fire instantly. We had great laughs together. A londoner himself, Graham creates fantastic photo montages of London and different other cities in the world…

© Graham Holland

In front of me was the lovely Catherine Savigny, french painter and sculptor who had come all the way from Paris, handy I suppose with the Eurostar, I would love to do this trip one day..!

“Mother”, © Dan Hillier
http://www.danhillier.com

Dan Hillier was around the corner from me, a super nice guy who’s art I really liked: he takes old victorian illustrations and manipulates them to create new images entirely. Dan did pretty well at the fair, he was the only one who did that I’m aware of…

“Lost Flip Flop”, © Rachel Jeffery
http://racheljefferypaintings.co.uk/

I fell in love with Rachel Jeffery’s paintings… Living in Cornwall, she gets her inspiration from rock pools… Being a beach comber myself I was really attracted by the colours and the textures in her work…!

There was so many others… but a lovely surprise for me was to meet Bridget Skanski Such… Meeting Bridget and seeing her work felt like we must have been connected somehow somewhere, and you’ll understand why when you see her textile art…:

“Up the Hill”, ©Bridget Skanski Such
http://www.bridgetskanskisuchtextiles.com

Bridget and I use similar colours and shapes, but her work is made entirely of textiles… Ribbons, pieces of organza, and lovely intricate embroidery stitches…

I also met my twitter friend Dean Philips who makes sculptures out of… Blu-Tack..! Dean wasn’t exhibiting, he just came up to say hello since he lives in London… My first time meeting an online friend.
So, that was my weekend in a nutshell… Would I do it again..? Not this fair in particular, no. Talking to the other exhibitors from the UK was great to learn about other fairs… I think I would fly over though, with smaller unframed pieces in a big suitcase..!

So, I leave you now with some random London pics…:

 

 

Happy New Year…! Here are my Goals for 2012…

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Happy New Year everyone…!
 
After writing my list of accomplishments for 2011, here is my list of goals for the coming year…!
 
 
-to create over 50 paintings,
-to find more gallery representation in the UK,
-to make my jewellery in a more efficient way,
-to create an online art licensing portfolio,
-to put more time in my Etsy shop,
-to find a first art licensing contract,
-to have 2 solo exhibitions,
-to do my first book illustration by collaborating with my friend the American poet Barbara Botch,
-to improve the display I use at craft fairs,
-to reach 2000 fans on Facebook,
-to participate in at least 3 craft fairs,
-to participate in Art Fair 2012 in the RDS,
-to participate in the National Craft & Design Fair in the RDS,
-to offer more one-day painting workshops,
-to offer more workshops in primary schools,
-to keep better track of my accounts, and
-to stick to a better weekly schedule.
 
I’m sure I will be adding to this list! You are more then welcome to share yours 😉

Gift Certificates…!

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Well, it’s that time of year again and some people are extremely organised and early in their Christmas shopping so I thought I would remind you about my gift certificates…!

There is a few options on the button’s drop down menu. If you don’t see the amount you would like to give, please contact me and I can send you a Paypal invoice instead…

The Paypal button below will give you options for the amount of your voucher, and will lead you to the simple process of making a payment online. You DO NOT NEED a Paypal account to do this, just follow the link “Don’t have a Paypal account?” Unfortunately for those living in Ireland, I think the Laser card is not accepted by Paypal yet, so you can contact me for an other method of payment.

Please don’t forget to tell me the “TO” and “FROM information, the address to which I will send the voucher, and please please please do not forget your phone number and email address in case I need to contact you…

If you want you can also give me a short message which I can send along with the voucher if it’s going directly to the recipient, ie: “Happy Birthday Mum, from Louis” etc…

And if you would like a present like this yourself, just send the following link to your loved one..!
http://www.ameliegagnestudio.com/gift-certificates/

Gift Amount in EUROS

I’m back… with Number 84 – Close-Up, 3″x3″

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I am back… after a (too) long pause in my challenge… I had members of my family visiting me from Canada for a few days and although I had the best intentions in the world, I did not keep up with my daily paintings. I also completed a large commission on the days leading up to their visit… Well, enough excuses, What I can do now is do my best to catch up and complete as many of the 100 paintings for Christmas…! For this reason they will be refered to as “Number X” instead of “Day X”, to be more exact…! So there you go, here is number 84, “Close-Up”

This is the 84th of my 100 x 100 x 100 collection…

Read about it here and see them all here!

Available

Day 83 – In my Dreams, 3″x3″

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This is the 83rd of my 100 x 100 x 100 collection…
Read about it here and see them all here!
SOLD

Day 82 – Union, 3″x3″

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A special request again…! I was asked to paint something related to marriage for a newly wed couple…

This is the 82nd of my 100 x 100 x 100 collection…

Read about it here and see them all here!

SOLD!

Day 81 – Guarding the Lakes, 3″x3″

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An other special request…!

This is the 81st of my 100 x 100 x 100 collection…

Read about it here and see them all here!

SOLD!

Day 80 – Cute as a Button, 3″x3″

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This is the 80th of my 100 x 100 x 100 collection…
Read about it here and see them all here!
Available!

Day 79 – Two’s Company, 3″x3″

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This is a special request from someone who wanted a painting that was sold already… I cannot possibly paint the same picture twice but I can so something similar, with the same colour scheme..

This is the 79th of my 100 x 100 x 100 collection…

Read about it here and see them all here!
SOLD!

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