"A selection of Fine Art and Oil Paintings by Jana Sedlakova" News http://blankvet.co.uk The latest news from "A selection of Fine Art and Oil Paintings by Jana Sedlakova". en-us Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:26:54 CST Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:26:54 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Beautiful Bracelet for sale <div> Apologies for the absence and the overtly commercial nature of this post but this is really a lovely piece and thought you may want the chance to bid for it <a href="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Silver-Bracelet-Encrusted-Bohemian-Garnets-/200697965620">http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Silver-Bracelet-Encrusted-Bohemian-Garnets-/200697965620</a></div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/644/Bracelet.jpg" height="300" width="400" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?VISuperSize&amp;item=200697965620" width="300" />&nbsp;</div><div><br />&nbsp;</div> Sun, 15 Jan 2012 07:55:58 CST Interview With Sheena Israel <div> After an all too long break in my artist interview schedule, today I bring you an interview with California based Sheena Israel whose natural pigment and water colour paintings with their mystical quality really caught my attention. One of Sheena's specialisations is Children's illustrations and her style has many similarities and contrasts with one of my favourite artists, Quentin Blake, who illustrated the Roald Dahl Novels.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>You can see more of Sheena's work on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sheenaisrael.com">http://www.sheenaisrael.com</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><ol><li><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><em>Your work has a very distinctive fairytale quality to it. Can you tell us a bit about the materials, colours and techniques you use to achieve this.</em></p></li></ol><img alt="" src="http://www.sheenaisrael.com/resources/img/artworks/1811.jpg" height="280" width="400" /><br /> <p style="margin-bottom:0in"><em> </em></p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;font-style:normal"><br /> </p><div><em>Alice in Wonderland </em></div> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;font-style:normal"><div>Each of my illustrations go through a fairly distinct process with the materials that I've come to love and sometimes hate. I begin with an ink drawing on Dura-Lar (semi transparent acrylic paper). Drawing with india or walnut ink on acrylic paper is quite magical on it's own, because the paper repels the ink. The ink however will stay intact and eventually dry. The first layer is fragile, as you can imagine, and requires patience. Once the ink has dried, I can then begin adding and often removing, layers of colors and texture. I choose my color palette based on the theme of the painting and the voice of the object or character. I apply layer upon layer of color washes and more paper to form movement, texture and the shapes.</div></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Though there were many reasons I began using natural pigments, the main reason is because I saw such versatility in them, which is very important to me. With natural pigments I am free to use a water base, oil base, acrylic, wax, or even in its natural dust form. I am also free to get as messy as necessary without thinking twice about the toxins that are in other paints. </div> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;font-style:normal"><br /> </p> <ol><ol><ol start="2"><li><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><em>You came from a graphic design background. How important is this on your work and how do you think your art might have developed if you did not have any formal training?</em></p></li></ol></ol></ol> <p style="margin-bottom:0in"><br /> </p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;font-style:normal"><img alt="" src="http://www.sheenaisrael.com/resources/img/artworks/15050.jpg" height="400" width="258" />&nbsp;</p><div>While my art education has played a huge role in my development as an artist, I've always felt that skill simply requires practice, and technique can be learned in any context. My graphic design background is very important in my work. Graphic design and illustration are easily connected and I refer to my training often. Both design and illustration aim to be a visual voice for a message, concept, and or a story. They both are venues for communicating. It was because of the encouragement I received from a wonderful design professor and illustrator, that I found not only my potential, but also my passion. </div><div> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;font-style:normal"><br /> </p> <ol><ol><ol start="3"><li><p style="margin-bottom:0in"><em>Your online gallery, The Invention of Rooms, is fascinating. What is it about rooms you like to draw? Have you done any interior design and are some of these rooms based on real ones or are they all imaginary?</em></p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;font-style:normal"> </p> </li></ol></ol></ol> </div><p style="margin-bottom:0in;font-style:normal"><img alt="" src="http://www.sheenaisrael.com/resources/img/artworks/15300.jpg" height="390" width="400" /><br />&nbsp;</p><div>I have always been interested in the design of buildings and houses, but for this series I was more interested in how we see and are affected them. I don't think that there is anything in particular that I look for in a room to showcase other than it's own character. Though all of my room paintings are imaginary, I do go looking for inspiration. I am completely mesmerized by anything well designed. And although I haven't done any interior design myself, I would love the chance to try.</div> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;font-style:normal"><br /> </p> <ol><ol><ol start="4"><li><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><em>Your children's illustrations are magical, but also quite eerie. How to children react to them? Have any of them been published?</em></p></li></ol></ol></ol><img alt="" src="http://www.sheenaisrael.com/resources/img/artworks/15200.jpg" height="264" width="406" /><br /> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;font-style:normal"><br /> </p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;font-style:normal">I haven't published any of my children's illustrations yet. It is still a young focus for me. I would agree though that they can be quite eerie. The children's illustrations that you currently see on my website, are a part of series that I am still building upon. My intentions for that series has wavered over time. Originally, I began by making it <em>for</em> children. Now, I am making it <em>about</em> children. The goal was to capture an environment and mood that is stuck between the whimsical world of dreams and actuality, a place not unfamiliar to children. </p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;font-style:normal">Children have actually responded quite well to the series. They ask probing questions such as whether the rooms are real places, and whether or not they can go there and play. The eeriness seems to go unnoticed.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in"><br /> </p> <ol><ol><ol start="5"><li><p style="margin-bottom:0in"><em>You are writing and illustrating your own Children's book/ web comic. Can you give us any sneak preview of the plot or a glimpse of the artwork? Do tell us when we will be able to cast our eyes on the finished product!</em></p> </li></ol></ol></ol> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;font-style:normal"> <br /> </p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;font-style:normal">As challenging as Charlotte's story is to write, I find great comfort in illustrating each panel. I do plan to provide a sneak peek of some of the unfinished illustrations soon. I can't give away too many details yet, but here is a quick sketch of the plot.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in"><br /> </p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in">&#8220;<em>The story begins just before before sunrise on the morning of Charlotte's Grandmothers funeral. While her rather eccentric mother runs around the house looking for shoes, and making decisions on what to wear. Charlotte, by the kitchen window avoids her breakfast. And remembers, that today is also her 9th birthday. Wishing for her and family to be happy, Charlotte and her mother leave for the funeral. Back at the house, Charlotte's mother gives her a gift that was intended to be a birthday gift from her Grandmother. She soon discovers that this gift is magical. And with it, Charlotte is able to bring smiles, and laughter to everyone at the wake. Her birthday wish for happiness is granted. And Charlotte gets the biggest birthday party ever. With all of her family there having fun.&#8221;</em></p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in"><br /> </p> I hope that Charlotte's story and character is as interesting to others as it is to me. I can't wait to get some feed back once I've started to post spinets of the artwork and story.</div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 27 Aug 2011 03:06:47 CDT Paintings available and thank you! <div> A big thanks to all those who came to the Bloomsbury art fair. It was a great success and I had lots of good feedback. I am now looking to clear some studio space for a new project I am working at so if anybody wants a painting feel free to make a reasonable offer!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/285427_10150249649887721_669962720_7794276_4185704_n.jpg" />&nbsp;</div> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 08:27:08 CDT Bloomsbury Art Fair starts on thursday. Private view thursday evening <div>Not long to go now. The car has been loaded and we are setting up tonight. I am a little nervous but excited so do come along and give me your support. It should be a great event and some worthy causes are being promoted there too. As well as showing my own work I am looking forward to see what else is on show. I hope you can make the private view. If not come down before it all ends on Saturday. Come have a drink and a sweet at my stand!! (not bribery honest).</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/644/Blooms_Private_view.jpg" width="578" height="409" />&nbsp;</div> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 10:32:26 CDT Only a week to go! Bloomsbury Art Fair, London 14-16 July <div>Only one week to go to the Bloomsbury Art Fair. If you would like the chance to see my work close up and maybe take a piece home with you please come and see me there. It will be fun to meet my audience. The event is in a stunning location not far from Holborn tube station.There will be a good mix of established and emerging artists exhibiting there. The attached voucher will gain you and a guest access free of charge.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>Hopefully I will see you at the private view. By printing off the image of the invite you can also gain access to the fair over the course of the event which runs till 16th July.Opening times are below.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>Thursday 14 July<br />12 pm &#8211; 5 pm<br /><br />Private View<br />6 pm &#8211; 9.30 pm<br /><br />Friday 15 July<br />12 pm &#8211; 5 pm<br /><br />Late View<br />5 pm &#8211; 8 pm<br /><br />Saturday 16 July<br />10 am &#8211; 5 pm</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/644/Blooms_Private_view.jpg" width="646" height="457" />&nbsp;</div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 05:50:19 CDT