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Venus – Body Positivity Art

The Birth of Venus, Body Positivity and the Beauty Standards of the Modern Day Impossible beauty standards have not been smashed. Now more than ever, with contouring, photo editing apps at everybody’s fingertips and affordable cosmetic surgery available in every dentist’s surgery, body positivity is a message that everyone touts while they show off their perfectly round, cellulite-free big butts… The “perfect” body of 2020s may be more curvaceous than the emaciated heroin chic of the ‘90s (I remember it well… mostly because I have never been one to shy away from food and tummies run in our family), but … Continue readingVenus – Body Positivity Art

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Joy – Imaginative Realism and Frida Kahlo

How Much of Imaginative Realism is Pure Imagination? A mini-meltdown on finishing my latest imaginative realism had me asking the question: How much of the art that we create is derivative? It’s no secret that I never know what my imaginative realism whimsical ladies will look like until I start painting them – it’s one of the comments I always make on my Instagram stories when I’m posting my art process pictures. Some followers apparently now keep their eyes on my highlights when I’m painting the magical women just to see what my brain decides upon on the day I reach the face. It’s truly freeing, … Continue readingJoy – Imaginative Realism and Frida Kahlo

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Dear Instagram – An Open Letter from the Artists

Dear Instagram You’re killing us! It sounds dramatic, but it’s true. Who are we? Oh, we’re the artists you’ve been toying with like a cat plays with mice.  You cut us some slack just to pounce on us over and over again until we either give up or you finally claw our lights out. This has become an abusive relationship, Instagram. You’ve isolated us, pushed our other friends away so they become paler in comparison to your so-called might and we believed you – trying to find a way to make you happy, abandoning our friends in turn, leaving our … Continue readingDear Instagram – An Open Letter from the Artists

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Imbolc – A Celebration of New Beginnings and Art

The Art of Religion A move away from art commissions and towards imaginative realism has been a steep learning curve in business and a truly exciting foray into the mystical and magical. I’ve always had an interest in religion. Perhaps because I’ve been an atheist since I was very young, all religion fascinates me – the stories, the crossovers, the symbolism. It’s just all so spellbindingly exciting. Don’t get me wrong, when I say I’m an atheist, I mean I don’t believe in organised religion. Sun worship makes sense to me (yes, even as a pasty ginger) and the importance … Continue readingImbolc – A Celebration of New Beginnings and Art

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Is Saatchi the Place to Buy Art Prints Online?

Buying Art Online – Is Saatchi Where it’s at? Internet shopping is the new normal. But buying art online can be tricky, whether it’s original art or art prints. At least if you’re buying directly from the artist, you can have a conversation to test the waters and get a feel for who the artist is and what they stand for. But what if your artist of choice only sells through an online gallery, such as Saatchi? What reassurance do you have when dealing with the middle man? Luckily Edinburgh-based artist, Grant Creegan, is here to soothe your concerns. At least where the … Continue readingIs Saatchi the Place to Buy Art Prints Online?

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Galene’s Kiss – Mermaid Goddess of the Calm Seas

Mermaid Goddess of Calm Seas Galene is one of the 50s nereids of the sea. She is one of the lesser known deities – mermaid goddess of the calm seas, a symbol of great power and clemency. She is also known as one of the most adaptable of the mythical creatures, encompassing a nereid, a naiad, a nymph, and a goddess – all of those entities being separate things. As I mentioned in the story of how my mermaid painting, Fighter came about, artists throughout history have been fascinated with these magical creatures, and I’m no exception. Maybe it’s because … Continue readingGalene’s Kiss – Mermaid Goddess of the Calm Seas

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Fighter – Mermaid Art and Japanese Fighting Fish

Mermaids in Art There have been many depictions of mermaids in art throughout history, whether that’s in traditional art, in song, in storytelling, or in films. A mermaid is said to be an aquatic creature with the torso of a human female and the tail of a fish. It is said that the goddess, Atargatis, turned herself into a mermaid in shame when she accidentally killed her human lover. Mermaid mythology has roots in the siren mythology, although traditionally sirens are seen with musical instruments or as half bird creatures. But sirens seem to take a back seat to mermaids … Continue readingFighter – Mermaid Art and Japanese Fighting Fish

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Nap Time – Erotic Art and The Female Form

Nap Time – Erotic Art Although nudity and erotica is widely criticised by many, there’s no denying that art has been inherently linked to passion, expression and sensuality since its inception. The very first prehistoric scrawlings were generally of either penises or breasts… and in that urge is still evident in modern graffiti.  Emily Dewsnap – Artist Yorkshire (with penis doodle) Ahem… Of course art can also be magical or political or poignant, but it’s always undeniably fervent, created with enthusiasm and soul. Art is an outpouring of self and it should provoke a reaction, even if it was never … Continue readingNap Time – Erotic Art and The Female Form

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Phoetal – Mental Health in Art

The Long Suffering Artist It’s not essential to suffer for your art, but mental health issues do seem to be rife among artists. Whether it’s the mental illness that allows artists to see the world the way they do and create the art they create, or it’s the creation of art that changes the perspective, artists throughout history have been known not just for their creations, but for their quirks and neuroses. And I am no exception*. Self Portrait – Vincent Van Gough Mental Health and the Fetal Position When I started drawing Phoetal I had a different title in … Continue readingPhoetal – Mental Health in Art

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Swallowed – The Hollywood Starlet and the ’50s Housewive

Painting the Iconic 50s There’s something about that vintage Hollywood starlet look that has captured each decade since the 1950s. Maybe it’s the sheer class of it all – that poised, seemingly effortless beauty. Or the smooth, perfectly coiffed hair and subtle eyeliner. From the ‘60s exaggerated wings to the 1978 film Grease to the rockabilly revival and Imelda May’s blonde streak, we hark back to the time when women were women in pretty dresses and perfect makeup. A time when women knew their place. The Hollywood Starlet Painting In Swallowed, I wanted to create a painting that had that … Continue readingSwallowed – The Hollywood Starlet and the ’50s Housewive

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Poison – Alchemy Painting

Painting Toxicity In its most obvious definition, poison is a chemical used to cause harm or death to another being via ingestion or injection. But there are other ways to interpret it; the word toxic is often used in the modern vernacular to describe a situation where one person can cause emotional damage to another. Manipulation and mind games can be equally as damaging, causing mental health issues, putting someone into harm’s way and, in some cases, death. Alchemists and Alchemy My fascination for witches and everything that the word witch encompasses is far too complex to cover in one … Continue readingPoison – Alchemy Painting

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Precious Time – Hourglass Painting

Time is Precious Autumn is a magical time. As the nights draw in and the mists descend, it’s a time to snuggle up with a fluffy blanket and a hot toddy, and prepare for the winter hibernation. Of course it’s the perfect time for ghost stories and horror films – the light is failing and the inevitable countdown to Christmas begins, signalling that the end of yet another year is fast approaching. I wanted my hourglass painting, Precious Time to reflect the new season. Spooky Season Halloween has always been my favourite season of celebration. Don’t get me wrong, I … Continue readingPrecious Time – Hourglass Painting

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Psyche – Japanese Mage with Butterflies

The Surface and the Easter Eggs in My Psyche Painting The Japanese Mage in Psyche may not be as innocent as she looks. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with creating a piece of art purely as a nice picture, and there’s nothing wrong with liking art simply because of the way it looks. But I like to create layers in my work – some easter eggs for you to hunt out or read about, if you are that way inclined. The Sinister Hiding in the Pastels of Psyche While this might be the most feminine painting I’ve done to date, with … Continue readingPsyche – Japanese Mage with Butterflies

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Ritual – Eye of Horus Tattoo Painting

Ritual – Painting the Eye of Horus Tattoo In my painting, Ritual, I borrowed several symbols from different mythologies. Most noticeably the tattoo on my model’s hip and the peridot hanging over her left shoulder. The light cast from somewhere behind her is warm, maybe as the result of a fire – the long shadows of the trees support that. The wolf is there as an easter egg – once you see it, you can’t unsee it and its enigmatic presence is meant to be questioned. Symbolism and Religion Using symbols in paintings of mysticism can be tricky if you’re … Continue readingRitual – Eye of Horus Tattoo Painting

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Shadow Cast – The Inverted Cross Painting

Shadow Cast – the Inverted Cross Painting with Many Names Art can have many meanings, so naming a painting can be hard if you have more than one title to choose. Shadow Cast was no different, but once I’d tried several out loud, Shadow Cast became cemented and the inverted cross became the focus and the second meaning depending on how you viewed this piece of art. Nudity in Shadow Cast Several of my nudes have been quite controversial. Whether that has been intentional or not, I can understand if people are taken aback by the fetish art. But Shadow … Continue readingShadow Cast – The Inverted Cross Painting

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