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When should an artist try a new style?

Lilith Rose advises on creative stagnation and making sure you capitalise on what is inspiring you at the time.

Art is all about communicating a message. You will have heard of writers block and I am sure as an artist you have experienced artists block. Lilith comments;

“You must always approach your easel with excitement and a clear vision of what you want your piece of art to achieve. If you are not in the mood, it is time to take another route”.

Recently, Lilith has found her gothic and Wiccan interests peaking above the erotic and sensual work she is known for. Musicians are well known to try a different style for a particular album. They have the opportunity to try blues instead of jazz, acoustic instead of electric etc. A visual artist can try different media. Lilith has been drawn more and more to pen and wash and is now working on a piece that uses natural food colouring for her washes. She is incorporating some of her gothic outfits into her work.

Lilith suggests “if a painting starts to bore you, pack it away and move on. I have paintings that I started over ten years ago…one actually is fourteen years old and still not finished!” You can fall back in love with a painting and then complete it. “Or you can break it up and burn it” she adds!

What matters most is that you are creating what inspires you. To your buyers, it can be seen as a special treat if you normally paint landscapes and now you put out a townscape. Lilith comments “a one off piece that is totally different can be seen as far more collectable because it is so different. I am not sure how my buyers would view a painting of an owl when normally they get stockings, but its my gift to them really.”

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The Nude Through Art

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/the-renaissance-nude

Lilith introduces this wonderful exhibition at the Royal Academy. I posted sometime ago about Sunday Sketchpad Why Paint Nudes? and discussed how people interact differently when they are nude. Not because they are embarrassed, no, its not that. It is because devoid of clothes, we are classless and no-one can tell of our financial status, our likes and dislikes, our culture even. This is why it is liberating.

In the same way, it is also the most challenging form of painting a human. Clothes can be used to hide imperfect brushstrokes…or that bit of light and shade that you just can’t get right! Here is one of my new nudes. A relief sculpture.

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The Sunday Sketchpad – How to try a different artistic style

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We all get into our own comfort zones don’t we? However, comfort and familiarity are not places where growth occurs. If you want to grow, learn and get better as an artist, you need to be bold and try something new. My work is normally very detailed and precise in nature. This takes time to create a painting in this way. I also rarely paint nudes.

So, I thought I would challenge myself this Sunday and try painting a nude, in watercolour (not oil) and importantly…in 12 minutes and not 12 hours!

What do you think? It turned out alright really and I might list it on Artfinder and see what happens. Be bold, be brief…be gone!

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The Sunday Sketchpad – Why you should keep an art journal.

A week passed rather fast. I found my old art journal in a storage box recently and one can see things changing, not just time, but skills and interests. You remember what you were like as a person when you entered that material in that journal.

This journal is from 1997. From the images below, I was always interested in anatomy and structure of the human body.

Ii is for this reason that I thought I would share my thoughts on why one should keep an art journal. These books allow you to prepare small sketches of ideas for paintings. They are small enough to be portable so you can capture ideas on the run, but you can also keep small clippings from magazines etc that inspire you. Most of all, they keep a record of you are an artist…how you grow and develop and how your interests change and how your skills improve over the years.