connecting the seen with the unseen world........
Grace Bailey, Contemporary Realist Artist
They're strong, beautiful women who look out from veils of some sort. They may look like flowers or insects or cracks. They may represent lockdown, or suppression, or depression or a whole host of other things but in the end, they're........
who is grace bailey?
Once upon a time, I was a watercolour painter for the sheer love of it. I adored how watercolour takes its own path if you let it! Mix pigment with water and it flows and not always how you expect…..
Then I went off to uni and got a Masters in realist oil portraiture. Despite moving to oils, I used the watercolour technique of loads of medium (turps) and let the paint take its own way!
Years later I discovered the immediacy of acrylics!
And then I began painting live. A lot. In front of an audience with a limited time span.
Hundreds of times…..
Which meant make it quick, baby! It developed my style into a much quicker application than ever before, creating a wonderful looseness and life.
As an artist, It felt like a coming of age of style after so many years of painting realistically.
I use large brushes, loads of water and let the pigment take it’s own path, up to a point. But I still use the realist focus on eyes to ground the works, whether they are people portraits or bird and animal portraits. (My bird and animal paintings are portraits of a personality trait that people have)…..
The artsy language defines that as….. metaphors for the human condition…..
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