This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is an amazing self-taught artist. Her bold paintings easily steal the show!
Who and where are you?
I am Amanda Hone, an abstract representational colourist, living and working in the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia in the UK. I have no formal art education but would probably have been useless at it anyway. I’ve never been terribly good at being told what to do. I’ve been painting professionally for 8 years now and despite the financial ups and downs of this particular career, I wouldn’t swap it for anything.
How did you get started art blogging?
I started mainly so that I could share my work with family and friends. As time has gone on though I have found it to be an excellent way to involve customers and of course, potential customers in the rather hidden world of the studio. Occasionally I upload work-in-progress photographs and I have found that many people find this interesting.
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?
The more you put in to it, the more you will get out of it. Be interesting, don’t waffle or ramble too much and pictures are critical. Good pictures. It isn’t difficult to use a paint package on the computer to bring your photos to life. Don’t necessarily accept what you get straight from your camera. Tweak the contrast, adjust the colour balance, cut out the distracting backgrounds. You don’t need to change your work from what is really is, just try and get across the reality of what you see before you.
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?
Generally I don’t have music on when I paint. Even if I did I don’t think I would really hear it as I get totally absorbed with what I am doing. I do have rituals though. Little things like mixing black paint to the right consistency must be done in the correct pot… I’ve been using the same one for years… and water must always be from the same beaker. It makes no difference at all, I just like to do it that way. Also, and this is important to me, once painting starts there is no sitting down. I paint standing. If I sit, I am finished. When I am painting tricky black lines I can’t touch anything. No leaning on the table, no steadying myself against a wall. It has to be totally free-hand and I nearly always hold my breath until the line is finished.
What’s coming next from your easel?
Well I have a large art fair on 11-13th November at Windsor racecourse and am planning on taking about 50 paintings to that. I’m also working on my ‘For the Love of Wales’ series and am planning a similar series based on ancient and modern landmarks around the world. But of course I do, very easily, get distracted by other ideas that pop into my head so there is usually one or two sub-themes going on as well. For instance I have just bought some fabulous canvases that are 36″ x 4″. Long and thin. I have so many ideas for those that I may just have to get on and paint a few before I get back on track.