March 2017 - Exploration = Motivation & Inspiration...here goes... :)

I hope you have all had a good March and now we are coming to the end of the month the sunshine is making everything seem better!! I have been busy sketching away and exploring the lands of Africa. Beautiful place, but quite 'dicey' in areas! I did a lot of meditation, walking up mountains and general exploring which has been quite life changing in a most unexpected way :s

INSPIRATION ON MY TRAVELS: I travelled to Africa to see the awesome animals just like David Shepherd did! I was inspired by his works of art and wanted to see what it would actually be like to sit near lions and draw them! (Without being eaten by them..;s) It was beautiful and gave me a sense of a bigger wider world out there. Just what I was looking for in terms of inspiration!

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IDEAS, MEDIUMS, RECOMMENDATIONS: As I needed something portable and easy to travel with I went out and bought a cute little water colour travel paint set which was so good to use! To buy CLICK HERE. I also took with me the less convenient medium, chalk pastel as its a great dry medium to use over the top of wet and a wonderful way to create texture with the animals fur. I had to fix the chalk with hair spray as it would have been pretty messy travelling back with it without fixing it! I find hair spray is cheaper and works just as good if not better than an artist fixative! Chalk pastel - To buy, CLICK HERE.

PROGRESS OF MY OWN ARTWORK: Whilst in Africa, I created some simple quick studies of the beautiful wild animals. I loved drawing from life just like figure drawing as the light changes as I progress with my studies. I think I had a thing for Giraffes! I really enjoyed carefully sketching the animals, painting them in and then getting down and dirty adding the pastel over the top which is where I start to enjoy myself as love getting into it and covering my whole hands...;)

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CURRENT INFLUENTIAL EXHIBITIONS TO SEE: Animal Art Fair, London, Several inspiring artists to see! Always open CLICK HEREBeatrix Potter's London Studies of animals on until April 28th CLICK HERE

INTERESTING QUOTE OF THE MONTH:  “Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury

See you all in April when I will be in Somerset and France. Hope you enjoy reading my blog! :)

 Love always Emmylou x