Sunday, 24 January 2016
Monday, 11 January 2016
|Blechnum gibbum studies © Shevaun Doherty|
“Love the process and the painting will happen”
A friend once remarked that being a botanical artist is as much about loving the artistic process as it is about the painting.
It’s true. I get a huge amount of pleasure out of creating study sheets and colour charts, chasing a leaf or flower across a sketchbook page, each time tweaking the colour mixes until it’s just right.
Although there is an element of play in this, the notes that I make are also extremely useful. I’m constantly pulling out old sketchbook studies to find out what colour mixes I used to get a particular shade of green, or how to achieve a particular texture.
|Limonium sinuatum colour notes|
Sketchbooks and study notes help me explain my process to other artists, particularly those who are just starting their own botanical art journey. I think it’s a bit of a relief for them to see the messy bits and the occasional crises of confidence (help! I’ve forgotten how to paint) !
|It doesn't always work out, but making mistakes is part of the process|
Very often our focus is on the destination and not on the journey, and that can lead to a creative block. It’s important to stop worrying about the finished painting, that ominous blank sheet of paper, and just enjoy the creative process that is needed to get us to that point.
It’s only paper after all.
|Phoenix dactylifera leaf studies... a case of trial and error!|
Here are 6 steps to my artistic process-
Friday, 1 January 2016
|'Great Egg-spectations' ©Shevaun Doherty |
You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!
I really enjoy writing this post, because whenever I think about my plans for the year ahead, I inevitably end up feeling really excited!
Already 2016 looks like it will be a whirlwind of art-filled fun!
I promise to blog more regularly in 2016. Recently my weekly blogposts have fallen by the wayside, mainly because I am doing an evening course on Digital Marketing as well as painting full time. The online art market is such a fascinating subject, and definitely something that all artists should learn more about. So as well as sharing art tips and techniques on my blog, I will also be writing articles on how to tackle the dizzying world of social media.