10 Ways to find local artists work you enjoy

As a community, it is important to support local artists because, without local support, the art they make would stop and the impact it could have made would disappear. If you support a local artist, you are in turn supporting all of our respective creative freedoms.

Once artists are able to express themselves creatively and freely, beautiful art is made that can be admired by the community and beyond. These art pieces not only reflect the artists’ ideas, but also their hidden messages behind each work of art.

Sources to find local artists

  • Search Google for (insert your towns name) local artists
  • Instagram will list artists nearby if you type in your local town
  • Search Facebook. Artists will often promote themselves by creating a Facebook fan page. Here’s mine. https://www.facebook.com/wavepainting/?ref=settings
  • Google my business lists local artists
  • Yell lists local artists
  • Local artist list some local artist in your area http://www.localartist.org.uk
  • My Art Brief where you can commission an artist to paint a work for you with the dimensions and colours of your choice https://www.myartbrief.com/
  • Visit local galleries. They usually promote local artists
  • Look in your local paper. They will often feature local artists showing work in a nearby venue
  • In Devon, where I am based, you have the devonartistnetwork an organisation specializing in local devon artists with an open studio event every September https://www.devonartistnetwork.co.uk/
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Inspiration for a new painting

Strong waves after storm Callum hit has given me inspiration to create a new painting.

It could be a combination of the waves and surf from any of the photos on this post

But also might include a view of the Ness

Or the pier

Exhilarating to be taking photos with the wind so strong. Risking my camera and getting very wet if you get the time between waves wrong. But fun.

I particularly like this view of the Ness in profile as it gives the viewer a sense of place.

Will post some more images after I have worked out a composition.

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Sea storm the 5 stages of a new painting

 

Stage 1.

Setting out the composition of my sea storm painting  i.e. the combination of all elements in the artwork, not just visual elements, but also the mood and light.

Stage 2.

Refining the composition. I find looking at the image from a distance, at least 20 feet away, really helpful.  It can show things you have missed working close up. Also taking photos of the work can enable you to see things from a different angle and perspective.

Stage 3.

Glazing. I use glazes to enrich the surface to the work. I may return to a canvas several weeks after applying an initial glaze to reapply another if needed. Drying can change to the look of a painting dramatically, so its important to give it time to develop.
Stage 4.
Highlights. Once the glaze has dried or sometimes whilst it is drying, depending on the effect desired, I like to go back and highlight the crest of waves or the ripples on the ocean. This gives you a good depth of field.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stage 5oil on canvas of a blue wave in a stormy sea

The wave highlights have been softened and a blue glaze applied.  The sky has been changed with a warm yellow in the distance to contrast with the cold blues in the foreground.

These 5 stages are not cast in stone and I may mix them up or return to stage 2 or 3 even after stage 4. It just depends on how successful or not the final piece is.

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New wave painting from start to finish

abstract blue wave canvs print

New wave painting oil on canvas measuring 80 x 80 cm or 31.5 x 31.5 inches. Stage 2
Stage 2 of the new wave painting

I have decided to take photos from start to finish of my new wave painting. The first image is stage 1 and the other is the second stage. At this point I find it helpful to look at the progress of the work and decide where I can make alterations. Some of the parts of the canvas to me looked better in stage 1 than they do now. This can alter the way I proceed to stage 3. I find even if you preferred the way the painting started initially to now you have to keep going. At times it can be frustrating but hopefully the painting will resolve itself.  It is important to take photos throughout as this helps you see your progress from a different perspective. Photos can highlight areas obviously in need of more thought.

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