Monday, July 17, 2017

Glassy Water, February 14th

Glassy Water, February 14th
9.84 x 7.87 ins
I am putting my smaller plein air paintings out there, all sold unframed, directly from the studio, postage and packing is included in the price.  Watch this space or visit the page on my website.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Painting from The Water

I have an exciting new project...I know that I say that a lot but this is really exciting.
I am, with the help of my glamorous assistant, (he is doing all the hard work) restoring this beautiful little 8 foot, clinker built, dinghy.  

Because, this is where I live... I want, need and have to go out onto the water to paint.  I want to be under my own steam.  Painting is a solitary discipline, it takes time and therefore must be attempted when I need a little boat.
This is she, in the back garden getting a lot of love and attention, Dutch oil for the wooden interior.  She has wooden oars and will will have a little center board and rudder, I will make a sail, called a dipping lug, out of stripy fabric, (not traditional but I dont care)
She is being painted a beautiful bright red,
and rather obviously will be called "Poppy"
So very soon she will be up and on the water, with me and my paints and I can do paintings like this
and this
while sitting on her new stripy cushions and bobbing gently in the river.
Happy Days!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Your Website...Part One

These days, if you make art you probably need a web site, you might already have one but do you have control of the steering wheel? Is it up to date and does it look professional?

I use Artlook to power my website.  It is very easy to manage and allows you to get into the habit of updating and keeping your website current and relevant. The biggest plus for me is that it virtually builds itself using the work that I have put into my inventory.

This is how it works…
I finish a painting, photograph it, and pop the photograph onto my computer.  I can edit it on my phone and use it directly from there if I want to.  I make a scale image as well and for my own sanity I title the image and scale image with the title of the painting.
Then I add this as a new item to my Artlook inventory. I fill in the details, title, price, medium, category. I add tags (one word descriptions of the work) dimensions then check or uncheck “the publish to web” buttons at the bottom…and click save.
If I want to add details like a link to where the painting is being exhibited or a more detailed description of the work I pop it into the details section… and click save.

Then I add images, as many as necessary, by clicking the add image button and collecting them from wherever I have stored them…and click save.

Then I add them to a grouping by clicking in the big box and choosing from the dropdown menu of groupings that I have already created, click amend groupings…and then click save.

If I have chosen a Grouping that is a “Web_gallery” a “Web_page” or a “Web_exhibition” then the new item will appear on my website…as soon as I click save!  
It is that simple, in the next post I will talk more about Groupings and the choices for the website templates.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Making your Art Business a Success

I am celebrating because yesterday I had my first big sale as a direct result from my brand new website and it made me think about writing (especially to to my online artist friends) about "the Business of Art"
Seriously...How serious are you about your Art.  Do you want to make your Art Business a success? Do you take yourself seriously, Do you value what you create enough to grant it some respect... do you respect yourself enough to call yourself an artist? These are always good questions to be asking.
You don't have to have been nominated for the Turner Prize, you don't have to have a degree in art, you don't even have to sell very much in order call your self an artist but you do need to have a burning desire to create, to keep creating and to strive to learn and improve. Plus you need to be organised.
So now I have another bunch of good is your record keeping?  Do you know where your work is, do you know which galleries have your work?  Do you know how many paintings, pots, sculptures, prints that you created in 2016, do you know how many sales you had in 2016?  Who are your most loyal collectors?  How much did you spend on materials in 2016?  What competitions did you enter, and what did you put up for selection? And above everything else, do you have a good, easy to manage (for you) and up to date website?
If you don't do or have any of the above, you really should think about it.  Might I suggest that you don't just think about it, ramp it up a notch, take your self seriously, grant yourself the respect that you deserve and get sorted...

Have a look at Artlook , It does all of the above, plus a lot more.  You can have a fabulous system and a great looking, clean and easy to manage website from only £6.00 per month.  That is under $8 per month...for it will work in every country there is.  You also get a great team (including me) to help you with anything that you don't understand.
Sign up for a free 30 day trial, be prepared to put a little effort in, you will need to upload your images and enter their details but be assured that if you decide to carry on and subscribe all of your hard work (on the free trial) wont be lost. So, no time to loose, sign up and get organised...because you are worth it.
You can check out my new and lovely Artlook powered websites one for painting and one for illustration for examples of what the websites can look like, there are lots of templates to choose from. 
Do let me know if you are going to try it out, I am writing this as a very personal top recommendation because I use Artlook and the more that I use it, the more impressed I am with it and I would love to hear your opinion.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Making a New Paint Box

I have used and loved my watercolour box for 40 years, unfortunately it is now full of rust and not big enough for all the paints that I like to own.  I will keep the box as it has travelled all over the world with me but the time has come for it to go into retirement.  I was going to buy a cigar box and make a new one but that felt a little bit too easy, so this is how I made a new one.
Now my woodworking skills are a little rudimentary, plus I don’t own any jig saws or fancy machines so I thought that I would buy strip wood and design it from the paint pans outwards.
I got pine strip wood 90 cm long that measured 9.2 cm wide, one that measured 2.5 cm wide and one that measured 1.8 cm wide, they were all 6mm thick.  I got a lovely length of wood that was 5mm square, I got a long hinge of 30 cm and some smallish screws, various glues and some cocktail sticks. And set to work.
I played about with the paint pans and made a basic plan.  I did some measuring and cut the strip wood up into the right lengths.
With a bit of glue and then pegs made from cocktail sticks I ended up with a box.  The small square strip wood made the dividing places to hold all the paint pans in place. 
I had to add some extra strips of wood to take up the screws for the hinge and I added a strip of wood so that I could put folded up paper towels inside the box.  
The inside had four coats of gesso and one of white emulsion, I thought that would make a good surface for a palette.  The rest had a good staining then got waxed with black bison wax, mainly because I like the smell.  

 After it was all dry I put all the paint pans in with a little silicone glue to hold them in place.

So now it will gather a lovely patina of paint as it is used and I have a lovely new paint box for the next 40 years.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

My Next Book is OUT NOW!

I spent a long time last winter working on this book.  It arrived today and I am impressed ...even though I wrote and drew/painted it. The publishers have done a fantastic job editing and putting it all together.
It has something for everyone, If you are a beginner or you are more experienced, It contains a wide variety of tips, techniques and I use many different mediums to capture people, there is even a section on digital sketching...and what a lovely present it would make!!
You can get a signed copy from my new web site here  or my old web site here 
you can get it from Amazon UK here
so rush out and go shopping! are a few more pictures:

Friday, March 03, 2017

How to make your own “scale” images for artwork

I think that it is important to come up with as many ways to help your prospective clients visualise owning your work, my theory is that this will help them to buy it!  One way is to show them the size because not everyone can visualise size from a set of measurements, in fact hardly anyone can.
 It is relatively simple to add images of your artworks to your web site which will show your viewers what size your paintings are.
There are several gallery web sites that do this, not enough in my opinion, and some of them get the scale wrong…which is a waste of time.
Here is how I do it:
First, I find or make an image, a person or a chair are good starting points. Most people understand what average sizes those objects are!  My average person is me: 5 foot 6 inches or roughly 170 centimetres.  The average chair is 3-foot-high or 90 cm and the seat part is 1 foot 6 inches, or 45 centimetres. From now on I am working in centimetres.
I make a blank page on my computer in a drawing programme, 20 x 15 cm making sure that it is 200 dpi.
Then I make a scale guide 17 x 5 cm (all I do is move the decimal point) at 200 dpi and cut and paste this onto my first page.  This is my person height, I can then scale up or down my person image to fit.  If everything is the same dpi it will work.
Once I have made my scale image I begin resizing my painting images, so , for example, a painting measuring 80 wide by 60 high I will resize (move the decimal point)  to 8 x 6 cm at 200 dpi, then cut and paste into my scale image. Another measuring 13 cm wide by 18 cm high I will resize to 1.3 cm by 1.8 cm at 200 dpi, then cut and paste.
The resulting image can be saved as, “painting name with frame” and saved as a jpg in a folder on your desktop.  You can then happily add images to your website.  
I use Artlook to make my website and it is super easy to add to my  "Artlook items" as additional images which then appear on my web site and help everyone understand what size my paintings are.
The basic rules are: stick with the same dpi throughout, move the decimal point, or divide by 10 on everything.
Please feel free to use these sample images of people that I have shown here, just click and save the image.

Have fun showing images of your lovely work…to scale.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A Book By Sarah Wimperis...

Amazon UK    Amazon USA
You can also order a signed copy from me my website here

I spent a long time last summer and autumn working on this book.  It has something for everyone, If you are a beginner or you are more experienced, It contains a wide variety of tips, techniques and I use many different mediums to capture the urban landscape, there is even a section on digital sketching...and what a lovely present it would make!!

"Written and illustrated by celebrated figurative artist Sarah Wimperis, this guide provides a great introduction to the techniques needed to develop your drawing skills. The step-by-step instructions and illustrations by Wimperis will show you how to capture the mood, texture and character of a wide variety of urban landscapes from across the globe"
Paperback  Pages: 128 Size: 280mm x 215mm

Friday, April 08, 2016

What is it with Roads?

Under and Over Moleskine sketchbook
I love roads, motorways are even better. I have been trying to work out what it is about them that I like and I think it is this: They are such brutal things, so completely man made, they are peopled yet lonely and they are ugly and therefore there is a sad beauty in them.  Anyway I am drawn to paint them, have been for years.  This is one from a sketchbook about London that I am making, doing these sketchbooks is making me fall deeply in love with watercolour again, just cant get enough of it.
 Here I am sketching on Primrose Hill, working on the London sketchbook while spending five days up in London.  I also had a great time at the private view of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour exhibition at the Mall Galleries.  Here I am looking proud beside my painting!