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Juliette Belmonte Portrait Class

by becqua on January 15, 2023, in the Fine Art category

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Virtual Portrait Workshop October 30 – November 20 2022, and here’s how her website describes the class:

A mixed media portrait workshop with Juliette Belmonte.

In this four week workshop, students will learn to incorporate found objects, fabrics, sentimental objects and papers to create multi layered mixed media portraits. We will be working with acrylic paints and water based mediums. There will be some feedback during class hours and I will hold “office hours” on Zoom for two additional hours throughout the week for personal feedback and questions.

It was the first time I’ve done an art class via zoom, and meeting Juliette and the other students was great. Seeing how everyone’s work progressed over 4 weeks with Juliette’s suggestions was greatly beneficial. She shares her process on how to tackle the dreaded blank canvas and gave detailed feedback on colour-mixing and how she approaches the use of mixed media. This class gave me the confidence to tackle portraits and to keep the parts of a painting I like and happily keep adding layers to crate the overall result.

fine art semi abstract art mixed media painting of a beautiful woman

Colour Collage I

by becqua on June 29, 2022, in the News category
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I’ve been working less digitally and more with collage and mixed media recently so I decided to take a course by Este McLeod  at EsteMcLead.com.

“If you’d like to develop your sense of colour, be bolder with applied paint techniques and create in a more expressive and uninhibited way then join me on Colour Collage I. It’s packed with content guaranteed to inspire and enthuse” – Este McLeod

My main aim is to try to work with colour and different techniques, try new things and loosen up in my approach to art. Working through the colour modules using acrylic inks and deli paper to create collage pieces.

– Module 1 – Red

– Module 2 – Blue

Apple collage

Art2Life Workshops

by becqua on February 15, 2022, in the News category

I’m in the process of trying to make art again as it’s been a little sporadic recently. Hoping to reignite my work by watching the Nicholas Wilton Art2Life workshops where he discusses bringing design and value to your artwork. I’ve watched the first video and it makes you think a little more about design, contrast, size of elements, linework etc.

Plantsgiving 2020 – A Drawing a Day

by becqua on November 14, 2020, in the News category

The challenge was set on Instagram by @sunnyspotstudio & @mollyferguso1nart to create a drawing a day to celebrate #plantsgiving2020. This is the second year and was originally set up to push themselves out of their comfort zones to produce a quick piece per day. As I’m always drawing botanicals of some form I decide to join and I’m nearly half way through. I’ll post some of my art at the end of the month.

Post- project update: I’m pleased to show a few of the daily illustrations I did. It depended how much time I had with a quick loose sketch with The Vase, a bold floral pattern with Blooms & Gold, to the magical world of The Terrarium. I wholeheartedly recommend a daily challenge like this, as I created more in a few weeks than I had over the preceding months…..a great bit of creative inspiration.

United Artspace

by becqua on August 1, 2020, in the News category

I’m now a member of United Artspace at www.unitedartspace.org a virtual art studio group set up by Michelle Lloyd. The Hub is a membership site for artists full of resources to work on your art career. I’m looking forward to making the most of the videos, Facebook group and modules over the coming months.

MAT’s MBA Course April-July 2020

by becqua on July 31, 2020, in the News category

At the start of lockdown in the UK I was lucky enough to gain a free place on the Make Art That Sells ‘Money Badass’ course run by the lovely Lilla Rogers & Beth Kempton at www.makeartthatsells.com. It’s a 3-week course and I’ve gone through it at a self-paced rate, as and when the time allowed, and I’m nearing the end of the project. The course encourages you to look at your mindset, motivation and potential customers, and is filled with workbooks, videos and great advice. A Facebook group for the course offers another level of ideas and encouragement. As usual when I do Lilla’s courses, it gives me a boost of creativity and inspiration and I recommend them to others.

Make Art That Sells MBA Banner

March 2019 – MATs Bootcamp

by becqua on May 12, 2019, in the News category

Needing a bit of continued motivation I joined the Make Art That Sells 2019 Bootcamp for artists and illustrators of all levels. I missed February but took up the challenge for the March, April and May design briefs. So far I’ve designed some kooky salt & pepper shakers, become inspired by the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi and started sketching some vintage characters and icons. Will see where this one leads me……

Editorial: Wabi Sabi

January 2019 – Winter School

by becqua on May 12, 2019, in the News category

It was fun to join others in attending Winter School, details of which can be found at www.makeitindesign.com. Having previously taken the beginners track, this time I went for intermediate. The first design brief covered the theme of Celestial, and the second was Animal Print…..neither are subjects I would normally favour so it was great to tackle something different. I also entered the typography challenge and used a dark floral as the backdrop.

Make it in Design Typography Challenge Winter School

December 2018 – The Folktale Challenge

by becqua on May 12, 2019, in the News category

A theme a day to illustrate as part of the Instagram Folktale Challenge. While I didn’t submit every day, I did work on one piece while I was on holiday. Intrigued by the tale of the Fairy Queen’s funeral I painted the scene on my IPad. It depicts the ethereal figure in a candlelit church. The fish on the floor left by the fisherman, scared away by the howling cries of her kin.

July 2018 – Global Talent Search

by becqua on May 12, 2019, in the News category

I took part in Lilla Rogers talent search again in 2018, along with artists and illustrators from all around the globe. The brief was to design the cover of a horticulturalist’s journal. I produced some loose floral oil paintings as my submission. The competition runs every year with the prize being representation by Lilla’s art agency. See her website www.makeartthatsells.com for details on this; you’ll also find details of art courses and briefs.

Dark Floral semi-abstract digital painting in pink, green and brown

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