This week I launched a new stationery range. I found my designs were pretty well suited for notebooks and such likes giving people the option of buying individually or as a special offer of 3 for £12. Now launched and in my online shop to purchase. The orders will be with me in the next 2 weeks for dispatching to customers in 2-3 weeks. I have already had a lot of orders go through the website in the last 2 days so definitely will look to expand on this range too. I hope you like them :)
It is a typical Scottish July day, peeing with rain, wind that could knock a sparrow off its feet and im sitting in my studio wrapped up in three layers of clothes and a fleece dressing gown. Today is Wednesday, two full working days until the Kirriemuir Agricultural Show where I decided rather last minute to get a table in the craft tent, or rather two tables.
I find shows usually quite entertaining meeting and networking with other creative peeps and meeting the general public. It is always good to get out the studio and let the wind blow off my "socialising" cobwebs. Selling myself has never been my favourite pastime but letting my art see the world rather than the virtual world (online) is important.
I have been working hard this past week on a few pieces to take to the show and I thought what better than to do a "Farm animal" collection, thinking hooves, snouts and troughs. So I got to work on these pieces and I hope they will be well received. They are more illustrative than some of my usual show pieces but they were great fun to create. I love to add human like thoughts to my compositions, think "George Orwell's - Animal Farm", rendering them cheeky, or childlike and with me being owned by four children I am no stranger to the antics that brings. So for "Truffles...?" the cheeky pig I wanted to capture the greed and one tract mind of a pig..................food! Food!, FOOD! Following that piece was "Are ewe listening?" capturing the head on battle of mother and son (One I am all to familiar with as all my four children are boys) and the cheeky remark of the lamb as if to say "Yeah sure mum whatever!" a common response from my third son in particular.
My qualifications in art are actually in illustration and maybe some of my training is what is coming through stronger at this time in my work. Even large gallery pieces will be tied to a narrative through its naming or a song it has been named after. Art needs life, without life - unless it has a story behind it and even animal portrait commissions - need a spark of life. I tend to study the animal and try and get into the character of the horse or the dog I am painting, this is why I like to hear as much as possible about the animal's character before I sit down to draw or paint it. If I can get into the mind of the animal I am creating it helps inject that spark of life needed to give the picture the final ingredient to make it that bit more special.
I hope everyone can keep everything crossed that Saturday the sun will have his hat on and I will look forward to a great show, you never know I may even get a chance to take a few photos of the animals there and they may well be my next subjects for a few more pieces. :) Lou x
Louise Jarvis Art
Artist, Designer, Photographer, Manager/Director and organ grinder!