If you have been following me on Twitter lately then you may have seen that I have been revamping my Etsy shop! I'm now offering all my prints in A5 or A4 sizes and they have new prices of £5.00 or £7.50 respectively! I'm really happy with how this update has gone so I thought I would share my excitement with you all by hosting a giveaway on Twitter!
If you follow me and retweet this tweet you will be entered into a prizedraw where a winner will be randomly selected via TweetDraw! You can win three prints of your choice from my shop, they can be any design and size I currently offer. This is open worldwide and will run until the 1st June 2017 21:00 BST where the winner will be announced and contacted for their details! Here is where you can read the terms and conditions: http://twitdoc.com/896A.
I have a lot of different designs available in my shop so be sure to check them all out to see what you can win! Here are a few examples of the artwork available!
I hope you're as excited as I am! If there is a particular design you really LOVE and you just can't wait, then enter the coupon code "MYFAIRPIXELBLOG" at checkout to receive 15% OFF your order!!
As artists, illustrators, and designers, we've all been there. We're in the middle of the creation process when you take a step back expecting to love it, but you don't. It either looks weird or unbalanced or maybe you don't even know why you don't like it. Don't panic, here are five tips that I use to help!
TIP #1 - LEAVE IT FOR A FEW DAYS!
This is something I always do. I will leave a piece of artwork for a few days to let the frustration subside and then come back to it with fresh eyes. The majority of the time I do this I can instantly pinpoint why I don't like it and can start working on it to "fix" it!
TIP #2 - CRITIQUE FROM FRIENDS!
You've been sat wondering why you don't like this piece but you just can't put your finger on why that is. Show it to your friends or post it on social media asking for people to critique it. This is a great way to get multiple ideas on how to move forward with the piece.
TIP #3 - INSPIRE YOURSELF!
Hop onto Instagram or Pinterest or even you favourite artist's website! Looking through work you love and admire helps you to realise what you like and how you can implement it more! Don't compare yourself to other artists though, doing so will only frustrate you more, you just want some fresh inspiration and ideas!
TIP #4 - START AGAIN!
Sometimes it feels like a piece is too far gone so starting over again is a good option. Sometimes when I dislike one of my paintings I will just paint over it and end up liking it so much more!
TIP #5 - MOVE ON!
There are times when a piece is just not working and it has frustrated you to a point where you just can't bear to continue with it. That's okay! We're all doing this because we love to be creative so don't force something if it doesn't feel right. Move on to something else!
These are just a few of the tips that I utilise in my own art practice and find useful. I hope that they can help you too! Do you have any tips to add? What do you do when you're struggling on a piece?
I have a new artist crush! Well when I say new, I mean I've been following her art journey for the last couple of months now but she is right up there on my Top 3 favourite artists right now! Her name is Katie Jobling and she is a full-time artist based in the UK. She takes inspiration from every day life and focuses on painting in Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolour.
I am absolutely smitten with the collection of work she is creating currently! Dreamy pinks and expressive paint strokes are everything to me right now. I mentioned in my last post that I am in a full love affair with the colour pink and as I'm experimenting with abstract shapes and forms, I find myself drawn to Katie Jobling's work and just being lost in the gentle warmth of it!
Katie Jobling also has an extensive collection of floral paintings too! The loose impressionist marks look so gorgeous and I adore the way she utilises colour, so much so that I have started experimenting with my own abstract floral paintings! Painting like this is so calming, it's almost meditative. Trying to capture the essence of plants in paint form really is such a joyful experience, and I would recommend everyone to at least try it just to see what it is like.
If you like what you see then I encourage you to check out her blog, instagram & shop! She also has the most amazing YouTube channel, full of tutorials, speed paintings and more!