Since lockdown Ive been looking at my huge blank canvas and having no idea where to start. So I stepped right outside my comfort zone and decided to paint things that I see in my house everyday …. so without further a do – here’s the stages of “LOCKDOWN IN WONDERLAND”
I recently finished a (literally) very long painting – 123cm high by 43cm wide, it’s mixed medium – acrylic, gold leaf, tissue, glue, yacht varnish and ordinary varnish – and I had a rather good time doing it too.
Here’s my process – day by day …..
Hello you lovely Muggles …. etc etc etc lockdown is ok I guess, as an artist I’m used to sitting on my own working but I have definitely produced more work in the last 70 days than in the last 5 years!
For those wanting to know my secrets – well I don’t have any, Ive just got myself into a creative routine. I signed up for the 100 days project and that was easier cos Im in self-isolation so its killed time and been a great diary of the nonsense Ive been up to daily – hey …. today I ate an avocado! Follow me if you want to on instagram, Im up to day 50 – and I’m very funny
Ive also been sorting through sketchbooks and signed up for the £1,000 artists pledge – sell a piece of work for £200 or less and when you reach £1k buy another artists work for £200 or less ….. I sold loads of my lovely toyobo prints for £50 (instead of the £120 I usually sell them for) and a few paintings at huge knockdown prices. There’s no point in selling for my normal price as people are not wanting to part with huge amounts of their hard earned cash during this crazy lockdown – but if you are one of them, my work is on my website http://www.sarah-ewilson.co.uk.
Finally I’ve been having a great time posting daily bedtime stories for kids or anyone who likes a listen without any swearing. I’ve already read Peter Pan and 101 Dalmations and now I’m on to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – Im even doing all the voices – well the way I hear them when I read it!!!!
Please pop into my youtube channel and subscribe – Im not doing it for profit just to keep kids entertained and see if I can hit more than 20 subscribers!!!!!!
Lastly – I’ll be posting the steps I went through to finish my first big painting of lockdown ….. so stay tunes and STAY SAFE xxxx
Last weekend was what Ive been working towards for the past XX years and now its passed I couldn’t be happier. Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair at Kelvingrove Marquee ran over two days with a VIP preview evening after the set up day. Packed up the Jeep and set off on Friday morning with my glamorous assistant Paul Fieldsend for a weekend of art, food and Eurovision.
It makes me laugh looking back at the the crazy thoughts that stressed me out before I left. Would 60 pictures be enough, what would I do if everything sold on the opening night, would the glue dots really be permanent, how does the card machine work, will Madonna’s massacre Like a Prayer – etc etc.
The satisfaction on the final day when you realise that its all been worth it, the validity as you watch all your hard work being nicely wrapped in the packaging area ready to go to its new home.
I met and chatted with a huge variety of like minded people and I hope to stay in touch with lots of them.
My biggest thank you is to Paul Fieldsend as I genuinely couldn’t have done it without him, he set up my stand, he fixed my internet, he organised the packing and he engaged knowledgeably about the printmaking processes as I moaned about my sore feet.
theres still some pieces left ……
I have been as quiet as is possible for a red headed Scottish chick, creating new pieces of my “Faded Stars” series. Ive had plenty of time on my hands following a cancer operation last July and a follow up preventative op in January this year. I’ve been selling like crazy on Ebay to raise funds and I am delighted to say that I have been accepted to the Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair at Kelvingrove Marquee on 17, 18, 19 May 2019 where I will be exhibiting under Axolotl Gallery (the gallery I ran on Dundas Street, Edinburgh a few years ago).
Im going to be posting regularly on the lead up to the event and you can follow my video’s and photos at:
In the meantime here’s a picture of Daisy Mayhem my dachshund cos every great artist needs one
This is a Toyobo print – stay tuned to find out what that means – and its for sale at the Glasgow Art Fair framed in beech wood and glass frame for £160
Ooops I haven’t posted since February – that must mean Ive been uber busy or uber lazy – lets stick with the first one cos obviously you can’t prove the second.
Suddenly realised I hadn’t painted for a very long time so I dug out the acrylics and canvas’ and off I went. As usual I like to mix my media using images, gloss and paint – two pieces were exhibited in the ESBAT exhibition and although they didn’t sell one was chosen to be exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy on the mound (till October so you can still see it)
I also had a significant birthday so July was mainly a drunken haze and a bit of mid life crisis surgery – got my cataract operation so I can hopefully (eventually) actually be able to see me work close up!!!
At the beginning of 2015 I dutifully started my monthly revolutions – much easier than resolutions as they can be changed as I see fit!
I decided to step right out of my comfort zone and explore new mediums and ideas – namely, flower painting classes and lino cutting. Living life on the edge as always.
I joined a 10 week class at the Edinburgh Drawing School and its the most fun I’ve ever had on a Tuesday afternoon. 2.5 hours of observing and honing my drawing skills (haven’t done that since primary school) – I loved the course so much I enrolled for a second block, this time with the intention of using the printmakers workshop to produce a series of lino cuts. Putting wood cutting on the back burner – not literally – as I discovered a linocut takes about 3 hours, a woodcut about 3 days and it hurts my thumb!
So, heres my sketches from the first 10 weeks – where Im going with them – well stay tuned!