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“37 years. Time's running out.”
2. How long have you worked on this series?
“On and off for a year. I have wanted to for years but fear of getting started.”
“To sketch anything around the farm, in any form, every subject. It’s still ongoing.”
4. Does this series continue previous work or is this a departure from previous work?
“It continues previous work, but plein air.”
5. What equipment did you need in order to paint en plein air?
“One paint brush, size 14
10 little paints (Pictured)
2 little water pots (Pictured)
and a sandwich”
“The demands of the farm and my belief that I was an imposter to watercolour.”
7. Has your textile degree influenced your art, if so how?
“Really not sure - it allowed me to be more expressive, bold with colour etc but sometimes it's haunted me, in the way that I still hear their voices on the "critic" meetings. I suppose, being reduced to tears and surviving, was an exercise I did come through. The pressure was immense. On the good side it extended my outlook on subjects etc - and I appreciated the value of artists and their struggles.
Also, if people know you have been to Art/Design College I feel there is more expectation from them, so I have tended to keep it quiet as I felt I had nothing to show for it.”
“I didn't want to be on my deathbed thinking "I wish I had done it", regardless if my work was not good enough.”
9. What medium did you choose to use for this series and why?
“Watercolour - just wanted to see how I could master it - but so little knowledge.”
10. Which artists influence you?
“Trevor Chamberlain and John Singer Sergent.”
“I would like to have cards printed.”
12. Has working on the series changed the way you look at/feel about the farm?
“Yes, I'm always looking. Some bits I thought would be easy, but found them challenging, other bits were surprisingly ok.”
13. Have you learnt anything about yourself and/or your art whilst working on this series?
“I'm quite good at beating myself up - but a lot better at focusing and not letting the negative take over.”
“My reward, although it's still ongoing, is that I don't feel so frustrated about letting myself down and failure - to accept it and move on.”
15. Do you have any advice you would like to pass on following this experience?
“Don't feel guilty for painting and don't take it to heart if other people's reactions are what you expect.”
Louise, thank you. You have inspired me. I am in awe of your output and talent. I am looking forward to seeing more of your work - please put me down for some of those cards you are going to produce! ~ Lots of love Elle x
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