Saturday, 15 March 2014

Victory's contagious

Pencil, ink and permanent marker on paper. Based on this Zadig & Voltaire ad.
Lauren x


Hey everyone, hope you've all had a good week!

So like the last post, this painting is one of my old final GCSE pieces. I know it's a bit cheeky continually posting stuff from a couple years ago instead of new things, but I'm working on it, promise! :)

If I remember right, the theme for the whole project was the word 'structures', so I decided to take that quite literally and do a cityscape. London seemed like the obvious place to get the best photos, so on a day trip there, I spent a few hours wandering around with a camera. In the end, I think I got the final photo for this while crossing a busy road at rush hour because a red bus went past at just the right time, I must have looked like a bit of a nutter!

(Final photo of it sitting in my parents' living room at home for scale, haha!)
So now for the details; it's acrylic painted on wood. I chose wood instead of canvas basically because I couldn't find a canvas that was long and thin enough, and I've tried and failed miserably to make my own in the past! I was really pleased with how it turned out though, I was happy with how the vibrancy of the colours managed to convey the energy of London :) what do you think?

Have a good weekend guys!
Lauren x

Sunday, 9 March 2014


Hi all,
So I came back home this weekend for a bit of a break from Uni life and came across some of my old paintings which I never put on this blog :) I'm still slowly adding to the painting which I've been working on in the last couple of posts, so the next few posts are going to be a throwback to some of my older paintings. This one was one of my final GCSE project pieces, which now has pride of place in the hall of my parents' house, haha!

The basic brief for the entire project was 'landscapes', and I took the photographs for the painting in a forest near a village called Borth, in Wales. The canvas is the biggest thing I have ever painted on, around 4 x 3 foot.

I also took a lot of inspiration from the artists Kurt Jackson (left) and Peter Doig (right), and I studied the above two paintings quite extensively whilst planning my project. I really liked the subject matter they used and their technique of painting just using a limited colour palette. I wanted to move away from making my paintings so photo-realistic, and in the end I think the final piece ended up looking quite dream-like and ethereal; I was very pleased with it :)

And here it is in my house back home (with umbrellas and door for scale!)
Lauren x

Monday, 3 March 2014

A quick update!

Hey all,
So this week, I've just been carrying on with the project I started in last week's post, here's a quick few photos to show you how it's coming along :)
Lauren x