© Amy McLelland

March 9, 2017

As part of the exhibition Portraits (Part 1) at my wonderful studio Artists Workhouse, I painted a new self portrait to display alongside a similar painting I had finished in early 2016 - now being shown as a duo of portraits that show the difference in my state of mind and self-confidence over a year. I took the opportunity to record the progress of my own work and took photographs at regular intervals over several weeks, capturing the different stages of how the painting came together. The images were taken mainly for my own use, but I feel they give an interesting extra perspective to the work to see how it took shape over time, and when it started to feel alive. Personally, I found that the addition of the light reflections into the eyes was the...

November 20, 2015

I vividly remember my first life drawing session in my last year of school, just under 6 years ago. The friend I went with actually knew the model through a mutual friend, so the expected anonymous relationship between model and artist was immediately shattered and the sitting was therefore rife with awkward glances and moments of stifled giggles at the naked person in front of us. However, the experience was definitely memorable both as a life experience and as an artist, and I’ve always made sure to attend every life drawing experience that crossed my path since that day.

 

Six years on, I’ve drawn a whole host of naked people of all shapes and sizes, and the novelty of the unabashed naked body has mostly worn worn off. I recently attended my first life drawing session for a while, and it...

October 27, 2015

The arts, in general, are viewed as an enjoyable but not necessary part of life. There is a general belief that music, dance, sculpture and other similar creative outputs do not serve the same role in society as more practical professions such as teaching in schools or practicing medicine, but I believe they occupy an equally important part of our modern day culture. In an age where we are surrounded with chatter, news, and trivia from around the world at all moments of the day, to escape your everyday life for a few minutes into a painting or a song can provide immense relief. Both producing and viewing a creative endeavour provide an enjoyment for people that they can be lacking in other parts of their lives, and give an opportunity for deeper thinking and reflection. It is our ability a...

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