Artist Lucy Tomlinson takes over the blog today to talk about her first forays into art and how she came to be a professional artist.
I am a self-taught artist, living in Rawdon, and surrounded by the beautiful Yorkshire Countryside, which is where I get most of my inspiration, particularly when out walking my dog, Jasper.
After giving up work when my children were born, I discovered after lots of art and crafts sessions and one in particular, a children’s watercolour session at our local café, that I was in fact quite arty! I have always found it difficult to find art for my own house, so I decided to try and create my own. A few hours later and I had produced a colourful hare, which is still framed in my lounge.
I was hooked and any spare time was spent painting in watercolour, most commonly wildlife, hares, bees and flowers. I love to paint them in different colours to their natural state.
I then decided to get some of my images printed by a local company to make notebooks and cards.
Around this time, I was also training to be Teaching Assistant after trying to get back to work whilst still being able to be at home for my children. I had previously volunteered at school for many years so it seemed like natural progression. I finished my training and immediately got a part time position at my local primary school, however, after a year my hours were cut due to financial constraints. I decided to embrace the situation and put all my efforts into my artwork.
I also got the bug for Abstract Acrylic Pour Paintings. They are just fabulous to do and so addictive. Due to the process and the many ways or “pouring” each one is completely unique. My studio (kitchen and dining room) are full of them, either drying, waiting to be varnished or the finished item and I often post videos of the process on my Instagram site.
I opened my Etsy shop and contacted lots of local businesses, a few of which now have my work in. I have done craft fairs and met many other arty people. I have displayed my work in a shop in Leeds and am about to have my abstract acrylic pours in a gallery/framers in Otley. I also have lots of plans for other products with my artwork on.
Lucy will be at Design@HEART on Saturday 9th June at HEART Centre, Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HN