January 2017 - The process of healing and inspiring an artist

Introduction :)

Hello everyone! This is my first blog on my Emmylou ART site as I was blogging nicely on my old website (EmmylouArtist) before it got hacked and I lost everything so I am starting afresh here and it feels right as its 2017 and the start of something new and beautiful!

I am a London based artist who is planning on traveling the world this year while taking my canvases with me. The idea is to gain more inspiration along my travels and take you along the journey with me. I will be visiting places of interest as and when I feel to and I will be writing a monthly blog about it all to not only inspire you in your own artwork, but give you a few tips that i have learnt along the way regarding the use of mediums within my work. I am a private art teacher and have been so for over 15 years. I have owned my own art teaching business for 10 years tutoring both adults and children on how to create their very own masterpiece so I would like to share some of my knowledge with you as well and let you into my world of creating my art and what exhibitions may be of use to you. In a nutshell I want to explore and share the beautiful inspirational things with you that this world has to offer so you can enhance your own artwork and inspirations.... so here goes! 

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INSPIRATION ON MY TRAVELS: I recently took a short trip to the Canary Islands in hope of gaining some much needed sunshine as I think I suffer badly from SAD. I went alone and returned a few days ago having had the most healing time I have ever had on a break away. It helped me come back feeling motivated and alive again! Below are the images that I took that really made me feel at one with nature. 

IDEAS, MEDIUMS, RECOMMENDATIONS: At the moment I am really addicted to sketching in water soluble graphite pencil which seems to be hard to come by in any normal art shop! It has a great soft application and helps me create my much needed water drips effect by adding as much water as I like as it also acts some what like a eraser when using too much water. If you are rough sketching or planning to work on top of, this is a brilliant medium to use. I buy mine online - TO BUY WATER SOLUBLE GRAPHITE: CLICK HERE - Give it a go and let me know what you think! 

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PROGRESS OF MY OWN ARTWORK: I am creating a series of 'body sketches' which I am to mount and exhibit some time this year. I love the beauty and fluidity of the human form. Its both fragile and strong which is how I feel most of the time! These are some of the short studies that I am working on at the moment:

CURRENT INFLUENTIAL EXHIBITIONS TO SEE: Making Nature - How we see animals at the Wellcome Collection, London 1st Dec-21st May 2017 - CLICK HERE  /  Yves Klein at Tate Liverpool 21st Oct-5th March 2017 CLICK HERE

MY ARTWORK FOR SALE: Curious Duke Gallery, London - CLICK HERE


INTERESTING QUOTE OF THE MONTH: 'Life isnt about finding yourself, its about creating yourself' - George Bernard Shaw

I hope you enjoyed reading my first blog of 2017! I look forward to sharing my next months news with you! Lots of love Emmylou x