Hello everyone! I am writing this from my apartment in Vienna, having just gone out in the blazing sunshine in my flip-flops, walking miles to find a food shop that was open as I arrived on a public holiday! All I could find was a local petrol station where I got a frozen pizza!!! I cannot count the blisters on my feet!!?! I am feeling really motivated here. I spent the first week pretty much working my little butt off and the rest of this time, setting more goals. I have been eating really healthy foods, (apart from 'THAT' pizza) :-0 I now have a daily intense exercise routine and morning rituals that I am finding really beneficial for, not only my body, but my mind. I have been creating many paintings for the two art fairs that I am taking part in in September. Details at the bottom of this blog. I am also preparing the kids art workshops for the summer which has been really satisfying! I have set up a YouTube channel to help children have access to learning how to draw: CLICK HERE to view and subscribe.
I feel it is important to share with you, that being here, although very productive and inspiring, it has increased my fear and doubt levels as I am alone for the whole month here and I have set myself lots of goals which is motivating, but also brings quite a lot of doubt as its always easy for us to doubt something that, although feels right, is scary as there is a chance of failure! I am working hard on changing my perceptions and mis-guided beliefs about myself from the past and embracing the 'me' that is truly capable of producing the impossible. Its impossible until you achieve it!
IDEAS, MEDIUMS, RECOMMENDATIONS: I have been experimenting with mixed media and watercolour pencil. I love the way i can 'delete' the image by sticking paper layers over my drawings and then using watercolour pencil over it to enhance the image. If the image is wet with the glue, the pencil will be applied almost like a cake...so satisfying! CLICK HERE TO BUY Have a go yourself as these high quality pencils are a dream to use! If you use poor versions of the medium, I feel like you actually cannot do your best work as you are not committing to investing in your artwork.
PROGRESS OF MY OWN ARTWORK: Like I said above, I am using mixed media and enjoying it! Its great to use my small sketch book when travelling as well as taking my slightly smaller than A3 pad of water-colour paper. Its thick and its small enough to pack into my suitcase. At the moment I am exploring the galleries and the architecture of Vienna and translating that inspiration into my own work by being slightly more sporadic and colourful which feels good!
CURRENT INSPIRING EXHIBITIONS TO SEE: V & A, London / Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains / Open until 1st October / CLICK HERE Natural History Museum, London / Wildlife Photographer of the Year / Open until 10th September 2017 / CLICK HERE
BUYING MY ARTWORK: Curious Duke Gallery, London - CLICK HERE
My artist website www.emmylouyeomans.com will be live soon and you can buy from there! woop woop!
INTERESTING QUOTE OF THE MONTH: 'Always do what you are afraid to do' Ralph Waldo Emerson
Excited about writing my July Blog for you when I will be in America again then Sussex!
Love always, Emmylou xxx