Jan 2022: How to begin a painting

how to begin a painting

How to begin a painting is a question that initiates a lot of curiosity particularly when it comes to abstract painting. In this weeks live studio update I chat about my process for making new abstract paintings.

Discussing how to begin a painting live from my studio in London, UK

I will be offering four of these paintings for £250 each via my mailing list (sign up). You will receive your painting flat packed, signed on the reverse with an inch wide surrounding border that is sufficient for framing if you wish to do so. Two of these are already reserved which means a client has registered interest & is happy to see how the painting develops before purchasing. If you would like to reserve, please get in touch.

I enjoy sharing the process of how to begin a painting with my collectors and will be sharing lots of content around this via my Instagram.

Thanks for watching!

Background to my Live Studio Updates: 

When Covid-19 arrived in the UK all of my upcoming exhibitions, art fairs and arts facilitation roles were either cancelled or postponed. If Covid has taught me anything it’s the importance of proactivity and self-resilience. If I had no way to physically show my paintings then I had to work out an alternative. I had a small online presence through my website and Instagram account but wasn’t very sure how to use either. However, I saw these platforms as a way to keep my work moving during the pandemic and to get my paintings seen. 

I did an overhaul of my website (ongoing!), began to be more active on my Instagram and started a YouTube channel. One of the hardest things I did was I began speaking live every Wednesday from my studio about what was happening, what work I was making, the ethos of my painting practice and all the realities of life as an artist. However, amazingly this practice each Wednesday has proved to be one of the best decisions I’ve made over the last year or so! 

Building Virtual Art Relationships 

Through chatting and sharing directly from my art studio I’ve connected with first-time art buyers & seasoned art collectors around the world. I’ve had lots of positive feedback but the main thing I keep hearing is it’s great to see what goes into making a painting rather than just buying the finished artwork. 

I share the materials I use, why I use them, painting techniques and how I build a painting. Also because abstraction can sometimes be viewed as an inaccessible area of art people tell me they’ve enjoyed learning about this genre as I also share artists who have influenced my work and any exhibitions I go to (when I can!) 

For me, I love that people can now buy my original abstract paintings online from me, connecting with me directly and build a virtual art relationship.As these videos have become an integral part of what I do, I’ve decided to start sharing them on my website in my creative journal posts as it opens up my work to you. If you can’t come and visit me at an exhibition or in my painting studio at least now you can see & hear all about what I’m making and how I’m making it! 

If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch as it’s always a pleasure to hear from people interested in my paintings Sign up to my newsletter (via website) for sporadic updates, preview access to new paintings, free shipping & a few nice surprises in between – let’s start a conversation! Many thanks, Aisling

Aisling Drennan is an award-winning abstract artist with a London, UK-based art studio.

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