This week I’m delighted to share that I have been invited on to ‘Creative Souls of Clare’ which is a really interesting podcast to listen to.
For this weeks studio update, I’m really flattered to be asked onto a podcast as it’s a first and it’s so 2021! Also, Creative Souls of Clare is a different and interesting podcast to listen to because firstly its host Ruari Mc Kiernan has taken the initiative to put together a seriously talented lineup of creatives from Co. Clare and document these creative journeys and secondly Co. Clare on the west coast of Ireland where I’m originally from is literally bursting with talent from writers t to artists and poets and actors and lots more- what a great collective to bring together in one listening space!
During the interview I chat about the realities of life as an artist, moving to London and my past as a professional dancer with Riverdance- The Show. This podcast will be available at the end of October and I’ll be sharing it across my usual channels.
In my studio live, I also chat about the current shortage of art materials (thank you Brexit & Covid) and how I plan to overcome this. Plus I share the dates of our next open studio event at Delta House Studios (its only been two years since the last one, again, thank you Covid!)
I’ve taken a little break from painting as life/ adulting has taken over a bit but happy to get stuck back into mixing paint next week. I’ll be documenting this and sharing it on my Instagram if you’re not already following. To view my most recent work, please pop over here.
Thanks for watching, Aisling x
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 & 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