This web site was created to share my art, my love of painting and to explain how I work on commission and how you can buy one of my paintings.
I started painting with oil in in 2014 and made this self portrait in 2018. If I can learn to paint like this in 4 years then so can you! It was fun to paint and my friends and family say that it really looks like me.
I believe that you should never stop learning so I am constantly pushing myself. I recently completed another self portrait in 2020 with various graphite pencils, plus white chalk on coloured paper; just to test myself and to assess whether I had learnt something new. Do you like it? I think that the portraits look very different because of the mediums used but that they both have an “essence of me”.
During the Covid-19 lockdown I was able to dedicate myself to even more painting opportunities than normal. I recently completed this self portrait in oils which was well received by collectors and fellow artists.
I am currently pursuing two avenues of study. The first is dramatic portraiture that shows, I hope, the inner lives of people that I have painted.
I paint animals as well as they also provide amazing opportunities for portraiture.
The second area of study is is to paint landscapes with strong colours and forms like these examples:
I recently moved to Devon and am having a whale of a time painting local landscapes (see above) including this recent one of Brixham Harbour Lighthouse.
I have just started a Meetup called “Paignton Fine Art Workshops” and would love to meet you if you’d like to attend; the aim is to meet monthly.You will find me at this address: https://www.meetup.com/Paignton-Fine-Art-Workshops-and-Meetup-Group/
One of my goals is to help artists like you to paint something you could be proud of (maybe a self portrait, a still life or a landscape). Please have a look at examples of my work both here and on Instagram allisonedwards7595.
My own artistic journey
I spent 30 years working in the creative sector and as a business psychologist. Five years ago I decided to focus on my art and now spend my time painting and teaching which I love.
Having an inquisitive nature and a scientific background I was keen to understand the “science” behind painting. Due to this interest I spent the last five years reading and studying with top artists and as a result gained a lot of knowledge. Reading “Traditional Oil Painting”, by Virgil Elliott also taught me a lot of the factual basics, but it was the time I spent with the following artists that enabled me to learn some important intangibles; David Grey, Tina Garrett, Teresa Oxaca, Danny Ferland, Cesar Santos, Louis Smith.
It was such a pleasure to be able to ask these artists questions, probe their methodology and just watch them paint! One of the most important lessons I learnt was that I needed to practice what I had learnt from these artists. I needed to stop worrying about what I did or did not know instead I needed to “Just Do It!”. As an aspiring artist you should try to paint or draw as often as they can. My own workshops combine some theory and lots of practice and I love answering questions!
Do contact me if you would like to buy or commission a painting or to discuss how I can help you succeed on your painting journey.
My Favourite Artists:
My favourite artists include Bouguereau, Sargent, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Degas, Sorolla, and Monet but as each month goes by I discover another favourite! One of my favourite pastimes is visiting art galleries and museums so that I can study the old masters. Mind you, I love to visit modern high street art galleries as well. Do please feel free to contact me and tell me who your favourite artists are and why.
Collectors and Buyers:
Please take a look on Instagram (allisonedwards7595) and in my shop and see if there is something there to your liking. If not then contact me and tell me what you are looking for and I will do my best to create it for you and will send you a copy of my working practices.
What do you like to paint, what is your passion, what are the areas that you would like to improve? One of my goals is to help you gain confidence in your drawing and painting and to pass on some of the knowledge that I have gained from other painters and tutors. I love to teach either on a one-to-one basis or in workshops. I can do this in person or online using Zoom or Skype. I recently completed the following online workshops: portraiture basics and value basics. Contact me for further detials.
Life drawing workshops:
I’m currently collaborating with Richard Terry in organising life drawing workshops and workshops for special occasions (celebrations, birthdays engagements. You will be pleasantly surprised at the quality of work produced in our workshops which can be tutored or not to suit you. Richard is an amazing male life model who can create dynamic and dramatic poses or simple relaxed ones depending on the skills and the mood of the group. Let us know what you would like us to organise and we will do our best to accomodate you.
Whenever I can I try to incorporate new knowledge and experiences into my paintings. My blogs try to summarise what I have learnt. It’s my honest belief that I will never cease learning and neither will you! Furthermore I also learn as much from my students as they do from me. Yes – I regularly blog but not too often (I promise) and run online auctions in order to sell my paintings. If you sign up for my blog I will send you a free summary of “How to kick start your oil painting adventure”. I will also let you know when the next auction is due to happen.
Remember if you can’t see what you want just email or phone me and I will do my best to help you. (See contact page for details)