Summer Loving!

What a blissful summer 2018 this has been so far!

Hot weather, no rain (which is especially appreciated in Manchester!) and lazy days spent with family, friends and of course, my paints!

However, with the sunshine, I have noticed the little flowers and buds struggling in the heat. No matter how much I soak them in water, their delicate little flowers have been seen to softly wilt and fade in the sweltering heat.

This may explain my recent surge in floral canvases (see below my latest colourful Diptych!). I literally cannot get enough of them. Perhaps an attempt at preserving the beautiful summer blooms!

Wishing you all a lovely, glorious summer 2018!

Bye for now!

Luciiann x

 

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Photoshoot at 20 Chapel Street

This weekend was a really exciting time! 

My 3-piece Triptych installation for the magnificent 20 Chapel Street in Liverpool had it's very own photo shoot!

This project has been one of my favourites. Creating such large pieces of artwork for an amazing space which over 1000 (yes 1000!!) people pass through every day was pretty incredible.

Commissioned by Canmoor through the wonderful Hale Architects, the design specification was extremely exciting! As the HQ of Liverpool FC and many other high profile companies, the pressure was on to create something striking, confident and glamorous. Hale were keen to focus on Yellow and Gold to complement the newly designed upholstery and accessories (and of course, it's Liverpool, it has to be yellow!!!)

I started the artwork in October 2017 and it took months to complete. The canvases measure 150cm x 120cm each and as many of you know I am only 5ft 3" inches so reaching the top of the canvas took a lot of stretching and a sturdy foot stool!

These pieces were all about building up the layers and creating this gorgeous 'glowing' effect with a myriad of different yellow hues and texturing.

I worked mainly with brushes, natural sponge and palette knife application, using a whole host of techniques such as blending, scraping, stippling, splattering and sponging!! Final some sparkling layers of gold leaf and gloss varnish finished off the look.

Luciiann x

 

 

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Springspiration!

I LOVE Spring!

There's so much inspiration to be found, whether it's going for a walk in the park, listening to the birdsong or a leisurely trip to the local garden centre to soak up the colourful blooms!

As many of you know, my artwork is greatly influenced by flowers. To me, they are one of the most natural sources of beauty. How can the earth produce such wonderful and varied explosions of colour? The most excruciatingly wonderful part? They are fleeting; this makes them even more beautiful and precious.

This is also one of the many reasons why I try to preserve their beauty by painting them. Rather than trying to attempt to recreate their image in the style of a photograph, I prefer to capture the essence of the flowers through exaggerated colour, bold textures and quick strokes of pigment which reflect their energy and movement. My intention is always to communicate the way that they made me feel so that I can revisit that feeling whenever I look at it (and the same goes for my wonderful clients!)

Here are a few photographs that I've taken recently which have inspired my work.

 

Enjoy!

 

Luciiann x

Snoooooow Creative!

So it was a really snowy, cold, icy day (in March!!) with nothing to do and nowhere to go apart from paint!

However, I had a serious case of artist's block!! I felt stuck and uninspired. I needed something to wake me up and get the creative juices flowing!!!

This calls for drastic action! Despite the freezing temperature, I took myself outdoors, into the blustery garden at the back of my house and started to forage for fallen leaves, twigs, holly, branches and berries. It was exhilarating being outside and I felt completely alive and refreshed.

My little outdoor excursion led to so much fun....I photographed my little souvenirs of nature, arranged them to create interesting compositions, sketched them, traced them, made stencils with them and finally, used them as inspiration for my little 20 x 20cm acrylic miniature 'Tiny Tropical'.

Ironic painting tropicals when it is snowing outside but there you go!!!

I even used the twigs and leaves as make-shift stamps...printing, smudging and flicking gorgeous shades of green and pink to create an almost retro design!

This just shows that art can be so much fun! Even though I make art for a living, I never stop enjoying the process, otherwise, what is the point?

Art and other creative pursuits are known to help people engage in the state of 'flow'; where everything melts away, time stops and you are completely absorbed in what you are doing.

This is a wonderful way of looking after you wellbeing, relaxing and engaging in a truly mindful activity.

Why not make it a family event and pop to the local park to select your own pretty leaves and flowers? 

Have fun!!!

Luciiann x 

Samples of the lovely leaves, branches and twigs from the garden.

Samples of the lovely leaves, branches and twigs from the garden.

Getting creative back in the studio!

Getting creative back in the studio!

Photographs quickly uploaded onto the Mac with a few soft candles, fresh coffee and my paints...heaven!

Photographs quickly uploaded onto the Mac with a few soft candles, fresh coffee and my paints...heaven!

Even Suzy, my gorgeous Zuchon puppy wanted to join in!

Even Suzy, my gorgeous Zuchon puppy wanted to join in!

Da Dahhhh! A stunningly vibrant little miniature piece which is so on trend.

Da Dahhhh! A stunningly vibrant little miniature piece which is so on trend.

My gift to you...

Hello there!

Thank you for taking the time to visit Luciiann Gifted Art.

As you can see from my website, art and creativity is a huge part of my life. Not only do I enjoy the process of creating beautiful paintings for people, but I also find that being creative on a regular basis is essential to my own happiness and wellbeing.

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