Ella Shepard Artist
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Just checking my values before I carry on with this painting. I feel like I had a break through yesterday and now I know what I have to do to finish it!! 🖤🖤🖤 • • • #valuestudy #blackandwhite #blackandwhitepainting #paintingingrisaille #oilpainter #excitedartist #experimentalpainting #grayscaleart #grayscalepainting #realism #fineart #femalepainter #residentartist #readingart #movingart #dreamlikeart #goodstudioday #lightandshadow #motivationalart #inspiration #paintingmovement #contemporaryartist #contemporaryart #falling

A little bit of a different one for today. For my drawing classes I have to prepare exercises for the artists to carry out each week and at the moment we are focusing on the human figure and portraiture. This was a quick demo I put together to show the class what can be achieved by working on black paper and chalk pastels in a value scale from black to white. I love these kind of exercises because they really help you to train your eye to see light and shadow rather than details, which helps your ability to paint and draw realistically. Also by using the darker paper it's an exciting way of working because there is this constant push and pull of different values, it's very different to working black pencil on white paper. 🤩 • • • #grisailledrawing #chalkpastels #theartistprocess #behindthescenes #demodrawing #portraiture #valuestudy #artclassprep #artteaching #drawingexercise #drawingdaily #drawingeveryday #trainyoureye #seeinganddrawing #artisttips #artisttechniques #creativeliving #dreamlike #powderedcharcoal #chalkandcharcoal #blackandwhite #dreamscape #realism #drawing #lighandshadow #chiaroscuro

My latest painting is coming along alright at the moment. It's definitely hard when you're trying out something new, as it means you don't even know what the painting is going to look like at the end - or when to stop. Still exciting though! • • • #myart #artoftheday #wip #wippainting #artwork #lightspacetime #professionalartist #exposure #composition #brushmarks #paintbrushes #arte #kunst #artist #contemporaryartist #paintersstudio #oilpainting #paintlover #dreamlikeart #fallingdown #fallingthroughtime #particles #energies #creativetime #usingimagination #experimentalpainting

Experiment for the day, seeing how much of an image you can leave for the viewer to still read it as what you intended. I guess in a way really looking at abstraction and distortion and how sometimes the 'blur' of movement can look even more 'real' than something fixed. Maybe I just like more ambiguous painting because it opens up more questions, plus it emulates a dream-like state and transcends a photo reference. It also give the chance for gesture, accident and spontaneity to direct the motion and mood of the painting. What do you think? • • • #blurredpainting #distortion #abstractedmoments #monochromepainting #grayscaleart #snapshotoftheday #onemomentintime #wippainting #artexperiment #artexpression #dreamlike #dreaming #blurredcamera #spontaneousart #alwaystryingnewthings #artisthead #insidemyworld #grisaillepainting #bigartwork #inmyhappyplace #artiststudio #whatdoyouthink #abstracting #oilpaintingpainter #listentoyourgut

I was feeling a little stressed in the studio this morning, so I decided to do a little abstract experiment. This was just to focus on free flowing movement and using different techniques and tools. Now back to my other painting! • • • #freepainting #freeflow #andrelax #breathe #abstractpainting #freemovement #gesturepainting #abstractart #stressfree #loudmusic #studiotime #artiststudio #palletknife #palletknifepainting #fineart #artistprocess #artisticpractice #artistwarmup #paintingeveryday #studioday #femalepainter

What would it look like if you actually froze time? If you took a cross section of a singular moment and had to visualise it. The human body is made up of many atoms, of particles, flowing, moving changing, adapting and evolving. You can't stop because even if you try, your blood is still running through your veins, your brain is still surging with thoughts and your lungs are still breathing. It's impossible to freeze existence, at least in our own little realities, we are always moving. • • • #artprint #artdevelopment #paintcolours #paintersstudio #contemporaryartist #contemporaryart #creativeliving #freezetime #capturedmoment #psychologicalart #questions #flowingart #leap #wip #oilpaintsketch #oilpainting #oiloncanvas #artistpallet #fineartist #femalepainter #falling #abstractart #abstractfigurative

Trying out some new small ideas before o tackle any bigger paintings. I've just been spending the last few days in the studio, collecting my thoughts and preparing for my next few projects. • • • • #studiotime #artiststudio #paintersstudio #motivatedpainters #artideas #paintpaintpaint #paintingafternoon #tuesdaythoughts #newpaintings #wip #wippainting #canvaspainting #painterslife #painterspainting #femalepainter #femaleartist #figurativeart #paintingtechniques #contemporaryartist #contemporarypainting

Today was a huge day, I made my very first painting in my new crazy big and empty studio space. It was bizarre looking around at old work and bare canvases and this massive open space and thinking about what to do next. I've always wanted to create some really large work before and I now I actually can! I thought that sometimes you stop yourself from making new work because of fear, because you think that what you're going to do next won't match up to older successful pieces and that's why I decided to just do this quick sketch to ease me in. No pressure, not too much anxiety, I used a piece of paper from my oil sketch pad and I just painted. Right now I'm just happy that I painted something and now I can't wait to get in to the groove and start new projects. Watch this space - potentially big paintings are on their way!! 🙈🙈🙈 • • • #courage #paintcolours #oilpaintsketch #bluehues #newartideas #newartstudio #artiststudio #newbeginnings #timesarechanging #artdevelopment #artistconfidence #beyondfear #creativeartist #creativespace #paintingday #fineartist #paintingafternoon #illbeinmystudio #paintpaintpaint #sketchoftheday #excitingtimes #makingmemories #oilpainting #professionalartist #artistsoninstagram #watchthisspace #warmuppainting

Feeling excited about moving in to a new studio space this week. I'm also really feeling this colour combo, might need to see if I can get a bright yellow sofa to have in the studio as a new edition 💛🖤💛🖤 • • • #idealdecor #paintingsoninstagram #framedartwork #colourschemes #fineartist #oilpainting #artprints #fineartsprints #grayscaleart #blackabdwhite #oiloncanvas #largepaintings #newartstudio #newartideas #imagination #creativeartist #femalepainter #newbeginnings #artspace #artshop #sellingart #artlook #creativemind #creativespace #yellow #artsofa #thinkingtime

All my house moving has got me thinking about how to display my artwork and how prints of artwork can look in different spaces, including as home decor. Considering starting a online shop for prints of my work, what do you think of these drawings? Would you have them on your wall? 🙈 • • • #inkdrawing #autumnart #minimaldecor #artprint #framedart #fineartprint #homedecor #ink #drawingdaily #drawings #artist #fineartist #artonyourwall #houseideas #artliving #creativeliving #livingroom #softpallet #grayscale #indianink #waterart #watercolor #beautifulspaces #femaleartist

I think eyes are some of the hardest things to paint in a portrait. Sometimes you have to disassociate your mind from, this is an eye. Your brain automatically wants to paint an image of an eye which has been ingrained in your mind over time. Instead of painting the white of the eye as white, you need to consider the shadows around the face and the reflective light, to create an accurate realistic impression. 👁️👁️ This often feels like a dance of paint and movement physically on the canvas and also a battle in your mind between, what you can see and what you know. It's all a process of training your own eye of seeing. • • • #portraitpainting #eyeseeyou #iseeyou #paintingprocesses #realism #realities #artistmethod #paintingpractice #practicingartist #processpainting #oilpaint #oilpainter #commissionart #paintingfromlife #artmind #artistpallet #artiststruggles #arttraining #trainyoureye #sightsize #paintinglikethemasters #oiloncanvas #figurativeart #figurativepainting #windsorandnewton #fineart #fineartist #alwayslearning #artiststudio

I thought at last that it was time to roll up the crumbled skin of the day, with its arguments and its impressions and its anger and its laughter and cast it away. #virginiawoolfquotes • • I thought I would post some close ups of some of my recent painting, to give an idea to my process of mark making. Let me know what you think? • • #processpainting #wip #wippainting #closeup #detail #artcloseup #painttexture #methodpainting #portraitpainting #portraits #selfportraits #figurativeart #figurativepainting #quicksketches #oilpainter #oilpaint #artistpallet #artiststudio #artwork #artistoninstagram #sketchoftheday #sketchbookart #oxfordartist #artgallery #contemporaryartist #contemporaryartist #thickoilpaint #brushstrokes #markmaking #paintbrushes

This is where my brain goes when I'm painting. Movement is so important and the theme of transformation and fluidity influences my practice so strongly. I think being connected to water and impernanece is only logical, because we are all changing and adapting .. growing older, developing and learning. Time is fluid and the present isn't tangible. • • • • #painting #psychologicalart #fluidstate #paintingvideo #distortedart #distortedreality #paintingsketch #wip #oilpaintsketch #contemporaryartist #contemporarypainting #videoart #processpainting #insidemysketchbook #texturedpainting #thickoilpaint #abstractfigurative #abstractart #boldcolours #bebold #bebrave #artistpractice #sketchoftheday #paintingeveryday #artistpallet #artiststudio #paintbrushes