Front Cover Artist

Name: Zoe Alexander
Age: 51
Lives: Northampton
Medium: Various
Cover Picture: Daffodils and Lemons

What inspired our fabulous cover picture?
I was attracted to the bright, cheerful colours of these lemons and daffodils in my local supermarket.

Painting them made me feel that spring had arrived at last. I chose the spotted paper to complement them, and the yellow is reflected in the white jug and saucer, and also in the shiny table.

The composition was roughly blocked in using watery acrylic paints on canvas, and I completed the painting using Artisan water-mixable oils in a loose, impressionistic style.

Do you like mixing mediums?
I enjoy working in acrylics, oils, watercolour, pastels, ink and collage.

Often I will mix several media in a piece of work, using whichever ones give me the effect I am trying to create. I like oils because they are easy to blend and very forgiving. I like the bright colours and fast drying time of acrylics, which is my medium of choice for painting outside. Frequently I will block in the first main shapes of a painting with dilute acrylic and finish the painting in oils, as with this painting.

What inspires you to paint?
I get inspiration for my art everywhere, but particularly from the natural world. I often get ideas when I am in a garden or the countryside. I also enjoy visiting exhibitions and looking at other artists' work, and this often inspires me to try something different.

Do you have a favourite subject?
I paint landscapes, figures, still life and abstracts but I love flowers, which often find their way into my paintings. I am attracted to colourful subjects, as well as to objects such as water, metal and glass which reflect their surroundings.

I enjoy setting up still life compositions and choosing objects because of their colours, shapes and reflective properties. Abstraction is a way for me to paint without worrying about the final image, and the decisions I make about things like colour, tone and composition help me to paint better realistic pictures. Switching between abstraction and realism helps keep my work loose.

 

How do you work?
I tend to work quickly and intuitively and would describe myself as an impressionist painter, but my style varies enormously from one painting to another.

I prefer painting from life or my own sketches, but do use photographic references for things which don't keep still! I love painting en plein air and enjoy trying out new techniques, sometimes using palette knives or twigs instead of brushes.

Do you exhibit regularly?
I have been exhibiting locally since 2003 and sell a few paintings every year. Last year I joined Kettering and District Society for All Artists after reading a feature about the club in Paint. After showing some of my paintings in the club's autumn exhibition I was invited to be a regular exhibitor at The Bridge Street Gallery in Rothwell. I am a keen amateur but would love to be able to make a living from my art one day.

How long have you belonged to the SAA?
Ten years ago I became a member of the Kingfisher Amateur Art Society in Northampton, after visiting one of their exhibitions, and I joined the SAA at about the same time. I look forward to reading Paint magazine which is very informative, and buy most of my art materials from the SAA. Our son William is just 19 and has had three paintings shortlisted in the 2013 Artist of the Year competition. He’s in his first year at university studying Graphic Communications, so is using his artistic skills.

Do you enjoy being with other artists?
In addition to the opportunities to exhibit my work, I have benefited immensely from membership of local art societies. I have learned from demonstrations and workshops, but mostly from fellow members. Sharing a love of art and being able to give and receive advice and encouragement is very valuable. It is also fascinating to see the different ways we each interpret our subjects. Being an artist fulfils a personal need to be creative and to express myself visually and I find it helps me to see the world around me more clearly. It is also great fun and totally absorbing.

 


Front Cover Artist

Name: Zoe Alexander
Age: 51
Lives: Northampton
Medium: Various
Cover Picture: Daffodils and Lemons

What inspired our fabulous cover picture?
I was attracted to the bright, cheerful colours of these lemons and daffodils in my local supermarket.

Painting them made me feel that spring had arrived at last. I chose the spotted paper to complement them, and the yellow is reflected in the white jug and saucer, and also in the shiny table.

The composition was roughly blocked in using watery acrylic paints on canvas, and I completed the painting using Artisan water-mixable oils in a loose, impressionistic style.

Do you like mixing mediums?
I enjoy working in acrylics, oils, watercolour, pastels, ink and collage.

Often I will mix several media in a piece of work, using whichever ones give me the effect I am trying to create. I like oils because they are easy to blend and very forgiving.

I like the bright colours and fast drying time of acrylics, which is my medium of choice for painting outside. Frequently I will block in the first main shapes of a painting with dilute acrylic and finish the painting in oils, as with this painting.

 

How do you work?
I tend to work quickly and intuitively and would describe myself as an impressionist painter, but my style varies enormously from one painting to another.

I prefer painting from life or my own sketches, but do use photographic references for things which don't keep still! I love painting en plein air and enjoy trying out new techniques, sometimes using palette knives or twigs instead of brushes.

Do you exhibit regularly?
I have been exhibiting locally since 2003 and sell a few paintings every year. Last year I joined Kettering and District Society for All Artists after reading a feature about the club in Paint.

After showing some of my paintings in the club's autumn exhibition I was invited to be a regular exhibitor at The Bridge Street Gallery in Rothwell. I am a keen amateur but would love to be able to make a living from my art one day.

How long have you belonged to the SAA?
Ten years ago I became a member of the Kingfisher Amateur Art Society in Northampton, after visiting one of their exhibitions, and I joined the SAA at about the same time. I look forward to reading Paint magazine which is very informative, and buy most of my art materials from the SAA. Our son William is just 19 and has had three paintings shortlisted in the 2013 Artist of the Year competition. He’s in his first year at university studying Graphic Communications, so is using his artistic skills.

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