Friday 1st February 2013

“Well another week has flown by and I have been lucky enough to have 3 poets writing poetry inspired by my art and more to come on Thursday. You can not imagine how touched I am by them all, and how they have all in turn also inspired me for my journey as an emerging artist. They have all definitely totally lifted my slightly sagging mood and I cannot thank them enough for that.

Sometimes I think I have so much to do to get where I would really like to be, and I become a little impatient. I know things should not be rushed and a steady even pace will be better in the long run. I have asked James (my mentor) some questions and his answers have been very helpful. I must remember, small steps…

I have been looking at my pictures so far and I have been thinking about the inspiration for these pieces. ‘The Trip’ was going to be called ‘Bitch Fit’ as I became incredibly frustrated with the paint as it was very runny, and in my moment of annoyance I purposely spilt the paint on the canvas. I named it ‘The Trip’ in the end as it seems quite  psychedelic and out there. ‘Revolution Green‘ started off with the under layer which I found quite boring. I decided I wanted the green to take over the painting and dominate the piece. I chose the name as the word ‘Revolution’ was perfect to describe the overpowering of the green. ‘Atomic number 10‘ was painted from one side of the canvas on purpose. I wanted the lines to reach out like an explosion. Atomic number 10 is actually the chemical name for neon (also Ne). I thought the double sidedness of the title was perfect for this piece. On a similar vibe ‘Galaxy 14‘ is the name of a satellite. I chose the name because the painting reminded me of looking down on earth from the sky. In my future paintings I will be choosing similar titles. I like to play with words. It gives another layer to the art, as well as a clue of my personal interpretation.

I have an idea for my next picture which will include both normal acrylics, as well as my neon paints. I will post it once it is finished, on here next week. I have a good idea of the direction of style in which my paintings will be going. The neon will definitely be staying in every picture, but it may not so dominant in all of them…Just most of them!!…

Now come on neons you need to play it fair and give the other acrylics a bit of a chance! ;-)”

Q & A  With James Mackenzie (Lili’s Mentor):

Lili’s Questions

Here are more questions for you.

When I buy a new camera, should I get a tripod too?> What is the best way to approach a gallery? How would a gallery go about displaying my art? > What is the usual commission that a gallery will take? > What is the best way to approach an agent? > Who is the best agent to approach? > Do you think I may be eligible for funding? Or would I need to wait for that? I would like funding to be able to rent studio space.

James’  Answers

I have never used a tripod but I recommend taking many photos of each composition with some indoor with flash, some in natural light outside or inside without flash. Your paintings obviously need a different approach to most with the new technique you are experimenting with. > As for approaching galleries, you can build up a collection of photographs of your work and put it in a portfolio and take it with you when you approach a gallery as an example of your work. Another way is to email many galleries with samples of your work attached. You can also have some artist business cards printed to take with you if you are planning to visit galleries personally. >The commission galleries take varies a great deal… should expect to receive around 60% for an original painting so mark up your price and don’t under sell yourself. > As for funding and agents, I would promote yourself and keep approaching galleries and also begin to create a website. All the small things add up. If you tick all the right boxes, enter exhibitions, have work in various galleries then approach agents to work for you…..everyone wants a cut so my advice is to do as much as you can yourself to start with and at a limited cost.


Tuesday 29/01/2013

‘Well the pictures are now up and I have had mostly positive feedback for my art.There was one, which was very negative as well. Although I would be lying if I didn’t say that it stung a little, it’s not really upset me too much. Well certainly not enough to justify a glass of wine!. I knew from the start that my art would be something you either get, or you don’t. If someone doesn’t, and still finds the time to write to me to tell me that they don’t, then that tells me that my art has provoked them enough to express how they feel. For me that is what art is about. It is out there for others to have their opinion, and whether that opinion is negative or positive, is completely in the eyes of the beholder.

For me personally, I want to have my own style, something unique to me, with some randomness. I want it to sometimes be visibly challenging to the eye, without symmetry. I want it to be a bit provoking. For myself that is what holds my attention. If there were not that element about it, then I would probably get bored quite easily and not enjoy it. That randomness reflects a part of who I am, and it allows me express that part of myself in a whole way, without constraints. Sometimes, I like disorder and going against the grain! (Ohh get me the little rebel! ;)) However, I do realise that not everyone is going to like that, or get it.

I have emailed my mentor James with some questions that I have. There are still things that I don’t really know how to go about achieving, so it is great that I can put my queries to him as well. I have my eye on an SLR camera that James has advised for me to purchase. It would have been great to have had one to take the pictures of in the first place. Atomic number 10 especially isn’t defined as much in the pictures as it is on the wall on the canvas, due to my camera. So James’ advice was spot on!

In my journal next week, I will explain in more depth about my motivation for my pictures and the reason for their titles. I will also post some more of my pictures that I have already done. I have also had some thoughts for my future pictures and the direction that I would like to go. So I will be posting more of these soon. I am really excited about this and the feedback that I have had so far has helped a lot.

One thing is for sure though, some randomness is definitely staying!…’


A few of Lili’s  questions answered by her Mentor James Mackenzie.

1. I have my eye on an SLR camera which is 16mp. Is it the mp that is the most important thing?

 Right……..lens quality is more important than MP. I would go for either a Nicon or Cannon…..Nicon better value for money and excellent quality and the same features. All depends on how much you are prepared to pay really.

 2. What printer and paper is best to use for making prints of my work?

I use a printing company to make professional prints of my work, museum quality and each part of limited editions. They charge £12 per print and you can sell them for up to £50 depending on how much the ‘original’ work is priced at.  

 3. Is it better to have a blog or a website for a portfolio?

 I would create a website to show your work once you have taken high quality photos. There are lots of free or low price web site building program’s where you can build one yourself. 

  Next week Lili are hoping to review her work thus far and see where she thinks her areas of development might be.


Journal Tuesday 16/01/2013

Well next Thursday 23/01/2013 will be the day for me to debut my art on ArtiPeeps. I can’t actually believe how focused and excited that I am right now. I am also a little bit nervous. Showing my art for the first time feels a bit like I am baring my soul for all to see. I am keeping my outlook positive, and ignoring those little niggles that I am sure everyone must feel for their first time.

Not everything has run completely smoothly either. I changed my paint supplier which was a monumental disaster. The paints were runny like water and they were really difficult to work with. I must admit I did get extremely frustrated and had to have a glass or two of wine to calm myself down (Any old excuse!). However, the paintings actually turned out better than I expected and my frantic plea to my original supplier was met with a superb service, and I received more paints within a couple of days. Phew! (Will be buying all of my paints from them in future!). Also, whilst writing up my blog for ArtiPeeps my electric decided to cut out. Luckily I managed to save everything, and no further wine was needed! I have also been driving all of my friends and family nuts, as my art is my main focus at the moment. It hasn’t quite got to the eyes glazing over stage yet though, and they all seem to like my paintings.

Well that is apart from my brother who doesn’t like abstract art. That is fine though as you can’t win them all. He will also be banned from any exhibitions that I hold in the future. I have told him that I will leave him at the door calling for me! Tee hee! No, in fairness, he has been really supportive, and has gone from describing my pictures as a rude word, to “interesting!”. So that is really ok. Anyway maybe it will grow on him? (Especially when he receives a painting of mine every year further more for his Birthday, and Christmas!).

I still have a bit to do as my deadline is in three days. There is no major panic right now though. Three days is plenty of time (Gulp!). Really not that nervous either (Double gulp!). Now where is that glass of wine?………

P.S I will be adding another journal instalment next Wednesday to update and letting you all in to the inspiration behind my work.

Here are some more of my pictures. I’d be interested to hear what you think.

  Here’s the link to ArtiPeeps’ first post on me:

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2 Responses to “VISITOR PEEP”

  1. orwell531 October 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    Thank you for your poems particularly Living Tomb, I like its simplicity. The tone of the poem mirrors the content showing the tragedy which is often behind people’s bland faces.

    • ArtiPeep October 28, 2012 at 10:35 am #

      Susan’s reply to Orwell531:

      ‘ Thanks so much for reading and enjoying I’m glad u like living tomb it pulls at my my heartstrings although not something I have experienced personally and I’m particularly glad u like the simplicity of this one I kept it that way purposely and a lot is hid behind a smile, your comment and reading of it is much appreciated
      susan x’

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