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Jill Hammond - Artist
I have never been happy with completely representational work, if it looks like a photograph why not take a photograph?. I can however, appreciate the level of skill which goes into such work.
Often I am influenced or inspired by the work of other artists – it may be something very small but a starting point for a new development in my own work. The new influence could be colour, media, scale, subject matter style (almost anything) whether an artist from the past or contemporary work.
I am so happy working in a relaxed and free style, perhaps migrating towards a more abstract style.
I never seem to have any trouble wondering what to paint. If I see something - a poster, postcard, or a view - I will keep the image for later use as a painting or part of a painting. I usually work from my own observations, photographs or en plein air. Subject matter varies.....still life, townscapes, seascapes whatever has recently inspired me.
My work begins with no outline at all or sometimes a few rough outlines of the image. I may start with inks and rollers to keep it loose. Then add a few lines and blocks of structure, working from the background out to the final details. At the end I am only putting in a line, a reflection, a shadow or a little detail. I work in ink, gouache, acrylic, oils, tempera or anything which I feel is appropriate for the work.
Carol Staines - Artist
I have always been creative in one way or another, but the essence of my creativity is centred on colour. Shape comes next in both watercolour and oils. I often start off with a flower from a seed catalogue or a photograph of flowers that are in my garden or home. Then the image is twisted and turned, added to using other sources, duplicated and fretted over until I am happy with the shape of the composition.
When I approach a large canvas and a set of oil paints I can have real fun, although colour is still paramount. I like to create paintings that can be interpreted differently by each viewer. Each painting says something personal to me but can say a whole plethora of things to others - I like that.
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