Thursday, October 7, 2010

Work in Progress - Greeting Cards!

I am currently in the process of creating greeting cards from my artwork, and I must admit, that I am quite happy with the results so far...I'll publish a sample so that you can take the first look! As soon as I am finished, I will provide more photos and the details about the different types. Keep an eye out for them as they will also be made available for purchase through my website and studio! I hope you like them as much as I do :))

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

10 Tips for Art Students and Professional Artists

Bare in mind that I have to constantly remind myself of these too :)

1 - Paint and draw with your heart, not your head.

2 - Paint and draw because you ENJOY doing so.

3 - Place yourself in a comfortable room/work area with good lighting, somewhere you feel inspired and relaxed. Close the door to the world. Put some music on if it helps you. ENJOY.

4 - Don't rush through an artwork, take your time. Art is like a child: it requires a LOT of care and attention - the outcome of a piece is proportioned to the time/attention you put into it; at least for realistic subjects.

5 - NEVER be afraid of making mistakes! Mistakes are good, they help you get better. The problem in fact, is not in finding the mistakes, but the problem arises when you don't see them, as then you cannot fix them and improve your work.

6 - Be proud of your artwork and don't be too critical - you can always do better in the next piece.

7 - If you feel frustrated with a work, and you cannot quite figure out where you went wrong with it, leave it for a couple of days and then go back to it with a fresh might actually be pleasantly surprised and feel your work is not as bad as you initially thought :) - and it might also be easier for you to see if something needs changing.

8 - If you are not in the mood or have no inspiration, LEAVE IT! You are only going to make things worst and end up with a lot of frustration! Go for a walk, take a break and then go back to your art.

9 - Do get inspiration from other artists; yet not too much. Remember: you are you and your work is yours. Don't compare yourself to others, you are unique.

10 - And finally...something I often tell my students but perhaps don't stress enough: don't be afraid to experiment or bend the rules. A good artist is not just someone that can copy and follow all the steps, instead, she/he is someone who knows the processes but is not afraid of using her/his own instinct/judgment and imagination to experiment, and create something new!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Art Basel 2010

Sorry if this comes a bit late...I had this post it in my drafts and never publish it! And Sorry for the photo quality - I had to take these with my mobile; anyway, here you go:

(By the way, I like the irony of these photos)

On Sunday Jun 16th I had the opportunity to attend Art 41 Basel and rub shoulders with the big personalities of the contemporary art world including dealers, artists, celebrities, collectors, academics and art aficionados. Art Basel in fact is the world's premier platform for Modern and contemporary art.

Works featured at the fair, as usual, included big names such as Picasso, MirĂ³, Matisse, Pollock, Warhol, Damien Hirst, De Kooning, Serra, Louise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin, Thomas Struth, Walker Evans, Martin Parr and many others; but there were also lesser known artists which galleries were trying to launch at the event.

Dealers in fact seemed particularly positive and confident, sales were up and this has even been confirmed by Jame Lindon - gallery director for Pace Gallery - who stated, " The volume of sales has been very high"; and Daree Bassin affirmed, "galleriests are happy when they are selling, and they are selling"! According to the Art Newspaper, Shangart sold a large landscape for over £1m to a European collector - a sale that only a year ago would not have even been attempted.

White Cube - who represents many of the Young British Artists - reported having sold, by Wednesday, 8 works by Damien Hirst including Memory of Love, 2010, which was bought by a collector for £ 2.35 m. Gallery Lehman Mauping also sold two out of the three pink neons entitled You Made Me Love You, 2010, by Tracey Emin for £ 50.000; while her embroidered blanket Why Be Afraid, 2009, £ 170.000, has been reserved by a Chinese collector.

So it seems that the art market is recovering and that the art bubble did not, after all, really burst; prices continue being overly inflated and men artists, more than female ones, continue to fetch top sales and prices. Although there are a few women superstars in the art scene - in our alleged post-feminist era - female artists are still struggling to properly enter, and fairly compete in this often ludicrous, yet fascinating art world.


The Art Newspeper, International Edition, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Online Art Classes

Are you interested in attending an art class/course but you do not have the time to travel to the studio, or perhaps you are unable to commit to specific dates and times?

Jacqueline has in fact come to realise that many people would like to attend art classes/courses but struggle to fit them into their daily schedules, for this reason, she has decided to set up online lessons. In this way, you will have more freedom in deciding the pace you want to learn at, when you would like to attend a lesson, draw or paint - all from the comfort of your own home!

There are in fact many benefits in taking online art courses/classes:

1 – Learn at own pace.

2 – Work on your art assignments when is most suitable to you.

3 – Work from the comfort of your own home.

4 – Direct communication with the tutor via e-mail, chat room and Skype.

5 – Modern, easy and affordable way of learning art skills.

What you will need:

1 – Access to the internet.

2 – Webcam.

3 – Digital camera or scanner.

4 – Skype Account – (easy and free, Jacqueline can help you set this up if required).

What you learn:

Depending on the course/schedule there will be different learning outcomes, but mainly, the courses will help you build good drawing skills, teach you about composition, chiaro-scuro, perspective, colour theory, as well as give you an overview of different art techniques.

How does it work?

It is easy and simple. Once you enrol, Jacqueline will contact you back to confirm your booking and arrange times for the first lessons to take place, the following classes will also be scheduled according to your needs.

Jacqueline will provide you with handouts and course materials via e-mail, and teaching will take place via Skype.

You will be given tasks and art assignments to complete, and you will send these back to the tutor for review via e-mail.

How long is the course?

A course can take from 3 to 12 months to complete (3 months course), or 6 to 24 months ( 6 months courses).

You will also have the option of purchasing art classes individually in either painting of drawing, or request custom art classes if you feel you would like some extra lessons.

Feel free to e-mail for more information or if you would like to arrange a meeting at the studio to discuss the classes/ courses further. Alternatively you can also call +41 (0)76 750 02 05.


If you already know this is the option for you, you can simply book/buy an art course online: