An Artist’s Paint Palette

I love the way that a palette can never really be tidy. As an artist that does not have paint thrown everywhere, but has different liquids, brushes and materials all compartmentalised and all surfaces clean of paint, the one element that stays the same with all artists is that there is no neat way to maintain a palette of paints. 

The way I lay out my palette has become habitual rather than symptomatic of the colour palette or any functional order. I line the paints as a spectrum, originally because I thought it looked pretty. 

Take away the colour (greyscale photography) and I can see that different mounds have been more exhausted and spread around than others, I can see how little tone has to do with my arrangement and it makes me wonder what elements of my work might change if I were to pre-think my colour palettes and order the paints accordingly…

Contemplating the palette gives a lot more away about the artist, and maybe about why their work in the way that it is, and questions how such a small change in the process can be a catalyst for a whole new body of work.

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New Work!

I have a lot of new work on the go! A series of elegant and detailed wildlife work with areas of serene calm. Here are a few examples of the backgrounds of these paintings (looking for a more dreamy and opulent style)

 

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I have lots of articles lined up but have had very little time to write them! I am locking forward to getting more posts out soon. For any information on my work and for sale and commission enquiries contact me at katyjadedobson@mail.com

Katy x

 

 

 

 

King Fisher Charcoal Sketches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I LOVE charcoal! It creates such a beautiful contrast between soft blending and sharp marks. I used to use charcoal in all of my mixed media pieces, which is why I decided to revisit this material.

I have finished my first of a set of sketches of large scale charcoal studies. The charcoal can be so complimentative to create the tonal qualities and pick up on the minuscule detailing of the feathers. The geometric shapes just seemed to fit… I really like this idea to bring something new to the sketches and almost a bit of compositional framing and imbalance, which I love. This piece will be available at The Little Red Gallery in Lincoln to buy, beautiful framed. I am excited to create the next two, I have them all set up and ready to go! I am still deciding on the subject. Koi carps are a favourite of mine at the moment and could work beautifully…

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Any ideas??

Katy x

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‘Action Expresses Priorities’ – and why people who get bored are not my thing.

 

 

‘Action expresses priorities.’

-Gandhi

 

On a busy week, I can clock up around 70 hours painting. Especially recently, with so many commissions as well as ideas I just can’t for the life of me hold off, I have to timetable my work and stick to it, and it pays off every time.

I do this because I love painting, I am passionate about making good quality work. I am also business savvy and love organisation, lists and generally being busy. Proudly, one thing I never, ever am is bored.

A friend of mine sent me an article, there was a long passage written by Richard Dawkins called, ‘To live at all is miracle enough’ (which I urge you to google) which puts into perspective greatly just how miraculous the universe is, how even just existing right now through such slim circumstance is such an underrated and unappreciated idea in itself.

A bit of perspective never hurt anyone, those chats where you get lost in conversations of space going back too far beyond measure and anything we can know about are the best ones (usually after some wine…) so in order to gain that awe inspired feeling, head over to the National Geographic website and look at the daily discoveries and anything and everything about the planet.

After all this, its so sad to think that a human that has evolved so far from beginning as a tiny cell billions of years ago, to adapting and perfecting to the point of having an body of absolute perfection where you are capable of doing anything a human might need to and more… can then find themselves bored!? What people choose to act on is what they are, what people talk about is what they want you to think they are. If you are reading this you are lucky enough to have a laptop or smart phone with internet access. You are holding something of unmeasurable potential. You can learn anything you want to learn (My mum printed off instructions on how to moonwalk… I can now moonwalk!) and not only can you learn anything in the whole world, but you probably also have the health, strength and capability to get up and act on these things.

I could go further, I could go on for hours talking your ear off about this subject. I could lecture/rant/muse/research it beyond annoyance. But the short version would be… GO DO SOMETHING GOOD.

 

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Id best go do something good then..

Katy x

Wildlife Art – Recent Oil Paintings – Birds

I have been focusing a lot more on my wildlife work lately! Trying out a few new subjects and styles whilst undertaking a huge commission of a painting that is 2 meters by 2 meters…

My first ever original painting was of two birds in flight, one of my main and most popular subjects to date. (The second was a stag which has also been one of my most popular..) Therefore painting birds is something I have continued to do, only taking on new breeds and styles and ways of representing them. This, or finding new ways to represent my favourite breeds. As my work has progressed throughout the year I can see by looking along my own timeline of birds in particular and the way I have worked with them, just how much my painting technique has changed.

I decided to do a new take on an old classic of mine. My first ever OIL painting was of an owl. This was such an incredibly popular piece, one of the most mentioned at my first ever solo exhibition, and I still receive emails about it to this day. This is why I took everything I had taught myself this past year and put it into a new representation of an owl. This piece has a lot of depth and detail in the wingspan. A very popular piece which sold before it was even fully finished. 

 

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King Fishers were then my second OIL painting that I created last year, also an incredibly popular piece!  Displayed next to my recent ‘Eye of the Tiger’ piece (available to buy framed – contact me at katyjadedobson@mail.com for details) Soon to be displayed at The Little Red Gallery in Lincoln. This is not the clearest image of the King Fishers which close up boasts minute detailing in the feathers and colours of the birds.

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A snipped of this large flamingo piece shows a section of the half finished work, something I am excited to finish and will look fantastic framed. My flamingo pieces have been very popular over seas, I have shipped around 3 flamingo pieces internationally now.  This piece is rather large and quite a bold and minimalistic take on a flock of such colourful and exotic a breed. (Details on request at katyjadedobson@mail.com)

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However…. Most excitingly….

Is a commission I have finally started working on. A HUGE 2 meter squared canvas, the subject being a peacock, a subject that I couldn’t wait to start! Especially at this scale. The piece has been commissioned to decorate an office space, the detail will be bold and strong to match the richness of the colours. The symbolism of the peacock and their natural opulence and representation of divine rebirth is a beautiful foundation to work from in itself. To be working at such a large scale is definitely a pinnacle in my career so far.

The progress of this piece is being filmed and recorded all the way through to hopefully create great video and documentation of working on such a large piece. 

 

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For commission/sales enquiries you’re welcome to contact me at katyjadedobson@mail.com or head to my official website www.katyjadedobson.co.uk

Katy x

The Little Red Gallery – My art is available to buy from this gallery.

 

Here are the first few paintings that are so beautifully framed at The Little Red Gallery in Lincoln.

This is a gallery located in the historic Bailgate in Lincoln just moments from the Cathedral. The artists’ work that the gallery houses is such an exciting array of styles and subjects! There are so many rooms and plenty of floors to get lost in and you could spend hours looking at each individual piece. 

I am very excited to be having my work installed here, the gallery is beautiful and the art work there is fantastic. If you are in the Lincoln area, be sure to take a look in here.

Both my ‘Stag’ piece and ‘Hummingbird’ piece are available to buy from here. Both oil on wood panel and very elegantly framed. 

 

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Odilon Redon

One of my favourite artists and the biggest influence on my work are the ethereal and textured works of french artist Odilon Redon. (1800′s) I just LOVE his work!

I love the colours, the textures, the abstraction!! I love how calm these pieces seem to be although heavy with other worldly qualities that aught to make the pieces seem more abstract than they look. It is these ‘embellishments’ and  loose playfulness that I love to experiment with my own work.

These are the main 3 pieces that have inspired me hugely that I thought I would share.

‘Flower Clouds’

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‘Ophelia’

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‘La Naissance de Venus’ 

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If you know of any similar artists or have any thoughts on Redon’s work feel free to drop a comment below and let me know what you think!