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Sharon Whitley is a water colour and pencil artist who has returned to art after a very long break. Her subjects are varied but she particularly enjoys painting and drawing wildlife and pets. She accepts commissions for pet portraits and other subjects both in water colour and graphite. Sharon paints and draws for pleasure but has recently started exhibiting, selling and licensing her artwork after increasingly receiving enquiries both online and through word of mouth.
I enjoy painting a variety of subjects and naturally have a fairly loose style in watercolour although depending on my mood and the subject being painted the amount of detail varies from painting to painting. Animals are my favourite subject and I always aim to capture an animal’s character. For this reason I always start painting the eyes first, the soul of the painting – which brings the subject to life for me – if I think I’ve got the eyes right then I’m fairly confident the rest of the painting will come together ok! I love watching a subject come to life before my eyes, from that blank piece of paper to a finished painting or drawing. As well as water colour I enjoy drawing with graphite and my style with graphite is generally more detailed than in water colour but I don’t consider them to be photo realistic. I also enjoy experimenting with pastels, coloured pencils and acrylics. My other passion is being in the outdoors, particularly the hills and mountains of Snowdonia and the Lake District and I am experimenting more with painting the landscapes that I love. My artwork can be seen on Sharon’s Art page www.facebook.com/pages/Sharons-Art/223729341009741
I’ve also recently started a blog called Sharon Whitley the Rambling Artist http://www.sharonwhitleytheramblingartist.blogspot.co.uk
Emma Rush is a photorealist painter originally from The Lake District. She studied Art and Design, and Graphics at Lakes College West Cumbria where she has a small collection of paintings on permanent display. Since 2010 she has lived and worked in Birkenhead, Merseyside where she continues to paint and sell her work.
Starting a new painting, my goal is always to try something different, learn something new, and to gain more confidence in my skill. The typical viewer of Photorealistic art will firstly be impressed by the startling realism recreated in this genre of painting. The striking reflections in a teary eye and capturing every freckle and wrinkle on a face. Like all photorealists, I aim to create a realistic image. Some realist painters can duplicate this reality so detailed and precise that a painting is often mistaken for a photograph. This is not my main preoccupation – the journey from the beginning to the end is what fascinates me. Going through different emotions from trepidation looking at a blank canvas to frustration from not mixing the right colour to a moment of pure joy knowing that it is complete and you can see the resemblance. For me, this is what it is all about.
I apply paint to canvas in any way that I can to create texture and depth. Using a mixture of brushes, sponges and my fingers to blend allows me to keep building layers until I have got the desired effect. I also like to exaggerate brush strokes, lines and scratches to ensure the viewer always knows that it is still painting. Going through all these emotions, experiments and using different techniques helps me grow as an artist, and being happy with a finished painting after going through that journey encourages me to do it all again and keep painting.
Life today involves regular exposure to many different types of mass media and popular culture. Icons, celebrities, film stars and musicians are beamed at us every day through magazines, television sets and movie screens. Being inspired by Music, Films and Popular Culture in general. I like to recreate images of these icons onto canvas.
www.emma-rush.co.uk (coming soon)
This weekend was mainly “The Mathew Street Festival” enjoying glorious sunshine, huge crowds and fantastic music. I think the best music had to be from a group called the Dirty River’s. We really enjoyed their set and the energy the band gave of was infectious to the crowd. The other stages we visited for the day were mainly tribute bands. All of them where very entertaining and got the crowds going. I think our favourite from the tributes had to be U2 who if you squinted and ignored the scouse accent, you could almost believe you were in the same room as them.
It was a great day out, the fact that Creamfield’s had been cancelled swelled the ranks with some very colourfully painted people walking around in designer wellies, how things have changed.
Event details to follow shortly..
Vanilla Lounge: Tides : Glassfire are holding an event to help raise money for this invaluable service that the R.N.L.I Hoylake provide through their loyal volunteers. The LifeBeat event is a music event Featuring local bands throughout the day. The event starts at 1pm and runs until midnight.
For a full list of bands please call back soon.