Artist Spotlight: Andi Watson

The artist I will be showcasing today is Andi Watson, an artist I have admired for many years (just counted and it’s been ten which is a long time considering I’m only 22). I first came to hear of Andi when my stepfather introduced me to his work and informed me that he used to illustrate for Buffy and being the massive Buffy fan that I was I automatically thought he was amazing. This was later reinforced when I received a drawing of Buffy and Angel by him from my mother and stepfather for Christmas. This would become a prized possession in my adolescent years.

Skip forward ten years and I am still a Andi Watson and Buffy fan plus our house has a growing Andi Watson collection. It does help that both my mother and my stepfather like his work so we can all oogle at it together. He not only can draw, but he also writes, with many comics and graphic novels up his sleeve (some being Breakfast After Noon, Clubbing and Love Fights). He even has a web comic!

But most of all I love his tumblr page

I think the way he draws women is beautiful. Sometimes I get tired with how women and young girls are overused as subject matter in the art world, furthermore, most of the time they are either sexualised or objectified ,or just boringly conventionally beautiful. However, Andi Waston seems to be able to draw women in a way I do not tire from or which does not give me an unsettling feeling in my stomach, which is a very good thing :)

And now my ramblings are over I will get to the fun bit: putting up the pictures!

This last picture is a painting by Andi that we have in our hallway :)

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Christmas Cards and high five baby Jesus

Howdy everyone! It’s that time of year again when the Christmas panic sets in and the shops have already been selling festive related things from the beginning of October. Ahhhh sweet commercialism!

In comparison to most shops I have been a bit late on getting all my xmas related cards onto my esty shop, however this would be understandable if you knew me and how slow-as-a-sloth I am. But yay, they are now up on my shop and hopefully there are still some people out there who are not yet prepared for the holiday season and would like a creepy looking baby Jesus to send to their loved ones. Here is a little preview of the cards I have for sale with the designs taken from original paintings by myself, and they come with pretty gold envelopes (really fallen in love with the colour gold these past few months!).

And if you are tempted by weird snow-thingies you can find them for sale on my etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/CorinthiaArt :)

In an unrelated topic, I went to Aberystwyth this week to visit some friends which was a nice little break and while there I went to my favourite shop of all time Her Dandy Wolf. If you ever manage to visit Aberystwyth definitely make time to visit this shop and support an independent business!

Now time to work and catch up on my ‘to do list’. All the best, Corinthia x

Artist Spotlight: Stella Im Hultberg

I thought it was about time I did another post about an artist I like, and seeing as I haven’t got anything to write regarding my own work, now would be a better time then any.

The artist I wish to talk about today is Stella Im Hultberg: this sweet looking lady here…

(Stella Im Hultberg at her exhibition Memento Mori at Thinkspace Gallery 2009)

In particular I love Stella’s portraits and the blobby (I couldn’t think of a better word to describe it :( ) hairstyles. I think I am drawn to these as they are more stylised and draw you in to their expressions and exaggerated features. They are also reminiscent of my favourite Gustav Klimt painting The Sirens 1889, which itself has had a huge influence on my work. One day I hope Stella Im Hultberg might get to see my work and that I could thank her for being such a major influence in my own artistic evolution.

And now I’ve said all I needed, I can now fill the post with pictures yay!

Crescere pencil and acrylic on hand cut wood 2012

Let Go mixed media on wood 2009

Day Dreaming II mixed media on panel

Gustav Klimt The Sirens oil on canvas 1889

Additionally, another reason why Stella Im Hultberg is amazing is that she lives in Brooklyn! The one place in the world I wish I could live! Lucky lady :)

Oh… And she has pet cats which automatically makes her amazing.

So it’s been a while…

Hello world. Yes I am still alive!

I apologise for being away so long internet world! It would seem leaving university and moving back home took quite it’s effect on me. I suppose if it were just myself and my parents at home it would have been easier to adjust back into the swing of things alas, however, I have also had to share a house with a two year old and a five year old (not to mention this five year old was on her school holidays…). It is one thing to move back in with your parents and another thing completely to move in with children who you strangely feel you need to act like a third parent towards… Albeit, even with all the readjusting we had to do it is great to be home and see my little brother and sister grow. Plus I get to brainwash my little sister into the arts *insert evil laugh*.

I found that as the months went on and I hadn’t written anything on here I began to feel somewhat nervous about actually getting back on here and writing something! So now I am having to bite the bullet and just get on with it if I’m determined to create any sort of art career for myself.

Now where to start. Firstly I suppose a quick lowdown of my summer. In August some friends and myself had a table at the Alternative Press Fair. It was great fun and there was lots of inspirational work around us! I would definitely like to do more fairs in the future but for now I think I will need to establish my work first.

Secondly, as we are slowly redecorating every room in our house I haven’t felt it wise to buy expensive screen printing equipment just yet so I have been painting a lot more, mainly with gouache, watercolour and ink. It has been rather fun creating work which I know won’t be marked and I no longer need to think if is up to ‘fine art degree’ standards or if my lecturers will approve. To tell the truth, making what ever I feel like has been liberating…

Another thing I wish to mention is my recent phone upgrade means I now have access to apps and in particular Instagram! Yes I think it is great and if that makes me some hipster freak so be it! I have to say I much prefer snapping pictures and posting them than using either Twitter or Facebook. And now for the rest of this blog I can bombard the page with Instagram pictures of my work yay!

Oh and before I forget I have an etsy page: www.etsy.com/shop/CorinthiaArt. So please take a look if you have a minute :) I hope to get more work up over the next few weeks and fingers crossed I can start feeling like I might actually have chance of becoming a self employed artist…

Thank you for your time by reading this post and I hope you have a great evening/day/night!

-Corinthia

Artist spotlight 1: Scott C

Wow I just realised that I needed to update my blog but alas I do not have anything relating to my own work to talk about. Therefore whenever my own work is in a rut I will fill space by looking at (and hopefully promoting) artists which I find interesting or who inspire me.

The first artist I will share is Scott C. who makes adorable watercolours. He also has an amazing site  Great Showdowns where he makes art based on popular culture. I love figuring out which film he is referencing : )

I hope you like him as much as I do and if you have a favourite film you should look through his ‘great showdowns’ as he is bound to have covered it.

New screen prints

Now I have no university work to get on with I’ve been getting on with some prints just for fun. Here are two that I’ve finished, hope you like. It’s been nice to work on something for myself that I know won’t be marked, however it is hard getting my head around the fact I’ve finished university and will be going into the real world…

Degree Exhibition 2012

Well the exhibition day came and went as did my assessment. Both seemed to go well and the exhibition opening was so much fun (not to mention the lovely night out celebrating).

I had hoped to get a blog post up before the exhibition with pictures of how the set up was going, however, sadly I didn’t get chance to.

… So I thought I would do a ‘before and after’ style thing for this post and therefore you can expect it to be very long and full of pictures. I also have a feeling writing this out will take me all night… To make this post extra special I will also include websites to the artists featured in this post, so if you like what you see you can give them a look. Yay for the internet!

Here are some pictures of my space and work, just to get them out of the way.

Here is Corrina’s space before and after:

And yay for selling this beautiful print:

Carly was the lovely lady exhibiting next to me and she sold the most in the show congrats!

Elysia made a beautiful book which brought tears to my eyes:

These are Polina’s paintings which I think are just incredible!

Hannah did portraiture from life (including one of myself hehe)

Lastly here is a terrible picture of Tom’s space (sorry Tom…). And I would just like to mention that I find Tom’s work very creepy which is a fact I think he is very pleased with – knowing that he has creeped me out! But his paintings would be the perfect setting for a zombie apocalypse.

And as this post has taken me so long to do I will now list all the websites I gathered from business cards so if you want a look you can : )

Camilla Gambari

Sam Cuddy

Lea Adams

Jennifer Wright

Hollie Smith

Jade Hegarty

Siobhan Grace Rodriquez

Ashley Ferguson

Josie Doyle

Steinar ‘Felix’ Dahl

There were plenty more to see! And I haven’t even started on the post graduates work yet. Oh my… I’ll leave that for another night.

As it’s an art blog

I actually got round to scanning some random pictures from my sketchbook and thought I would share them with you! This year I have fallen in love with ink wash and watercolour, they are so lovely to use… I would put some cheesy heart symbol right now but I am trying to look cool. Feedback is much appreciated, yes even the bad!

Also I will be hanging my work up in the exhibition space tomorrow and go around the rooms taking pictures so hopefully there will be a nice looooong post full of images <3

… Oh dear, I lost my cool.

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Sneak peek and exhibition spaces

Today I finished painting the space where I will exhibit my work for my degree show. Everything is looking very bright and white. In fact so white, it hurts to look into the rooms! (although the pictures I have taken do not give the brightness justice…).

The first picture is what my space looks like. One long flat wall! It’s been very fun painting and tidying the boards, and chatting to the lovely lady Carly who is exhibiting next to me.

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And my friend Hollie took a photo of me and my space together (note the fashionable oversized shirt I am modeling).

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I decided to go around the room and take snapshots of a few fellow printmaker’s spaces. I will include them as a nice sentimental touch : )

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This is where my friend Natalie will show her work (she creates beautiful lithographs)

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Here is where my friend and housemate Elysia will show her dry point prints which she has used to make her own book.

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And this is where the lovely Corrina will show her etchings based around her brother. She is just as obsessed with her sibling as I am!

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And this is Hollie next to her very clean and tidy space!

Also I thought I would include some sneak peek pictures of my screen prints that will be in the exhibition:

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And that is all for now. I will keep documenting the process of the exhibition and get some more images of work up soon :)

What to say?

I am not great with the modern age of blogging. Additionally I’m not very organised. Not to mention my terrible writing skills.

So why start a blog when all my characteristics will make this a painful exercise for me? – And I am not joking, I struggle articulating my thoughts and it uses up a lot of my energy. However, it would seem that blogging helps make an artist get noticed. And I would very much like to be an artist.

So I guess I will have to keep this blogging up no matter how hard I find it! You never know, I may end up enjoying it. So I apologise in advance for my terrible grammer and I thank you in advance for taking time to read about little old me : )

Currently I am putting together my graduate exhibition and I hope to blog again very soon dedicating a post to that and  at some point I will pester my friend in to helping me post pictures of my work (yes I am that bad with technology…)

So until then, farewell and I hope you all have a wonderful day xx