Abstract Painting commission

Abstract Painting commission
Abstract Painting Commission

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Hola & Aloha Flickr!

How exciting I have just set up a fabulous new Flickr photostream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/trudiescrumptious/) with which to exhibit my wares! Now I feel like I am just pimping myself out across the internet.
First there was the website for my paintings which was a little neglected for a while, it has to be said. My paintings website www.trudiemoore.co.uk was made by the wonderful Hype Digital and sat mostly dormant for a good part of around 4 years while I carried on my day job in which time the internet changed dramatically. I use the main website as a gallery and online portfolio and a place for people to discover me (but hopefully not with plagiarism in mind!) and to record my work, but it would never replace active marketing for my paintings - paintings are something that buyers need to see in the flesh to get an idea for the quality and feel of the work. Having said that, though, the internet is essential for artists because in this day and climate we need to harness the broadest audience.
It was earlier in the year this year that I decided that things had moved on and I'd better keep up or lose out. And so I decided to try to get back on some websites for artists - and so started Wotartist and Madeinleicestershire - perfect, a couple of online galleries, one very local and the other one international - and if I manage to get back onto Axis Arts then that will be the National gap filled. It was at this point I thought I would track all this activity using Google Analytics - to see who was visiting my site and from where. I got a little bit obsessed with this for a while as having googled Trudie Moore I wanted to see whether people were landing on my website having known they were looking for an artist or if they really thought they were going to get a hypnosis CD from an Aussie medium. I also wanted to assess what parts of the site they were looking at and what paintings were being looked at and for how long, whether or not they found me by searching for artists or something else.
And it didn't stop there, next stop was this blog - I felt that I wanted to talk about more than simply paintings, I wanted to talk about design, photography, my inspirations and the latest activity - printing. And then I thought - hell why not, Twitter - let's see what that's all about - any business that's serious does Twitter these days and that's what I'm trying to be - serious and businesslike and so my Twitter name is - oh - TTScrumptious...
Next stop a Facebook group - called, yes you've got it - Trudie Scrumptious. I don't know why I didn't do this sooner - I have been playing on Facebook and joining groups for ages - mostly ones that are a little irreverant and a bit un-PC - but then I started to use some that had a bit of meaning and more recently joining groups that are incubator businesses , like mine (a little bit of back scratching for creative kinds). So last on the list at the moment is Flickr - another outlet for the paintings and one that can focus on photography too - I thought that this could just be a huge library of my wares, photography and paintings but at the moment I've not made a decision on exactly what I will do with it, probably I will take new photos of my existing paintings in situ to give people an idea of how my paintings look in homes - or even bars who knows! All I know is that the more presence I have, the more hits.
If you are reading this then it's all working, don't be afraid to get in touch by any of my media options but really what I hope is that I will see you in a cafe or a gallery soon and we can be real contacts and not online ones. There is no substitute for a real painting seen on the wall before your very eyes making your retinas tingle - we can all have beautiful virtual lives but the real world one is far more exciting and inspiring!

Friday, 17 September 2010

Have you aianas?

I'm quite a lot into design furniture - or furniture design if you like. I spotted something on twitter that I just had to investigate - a chair commissioned by Havaianas (my most commonly worn footwear between April and September - longer if I can) and designed by Carlos Motta and so this is something that combines two of my favourite things.
Have a look - not only is is in the most tasty teal colour but it's also sustainably sourced. I feel a teal-coloured painting coming on.
I wonder if they will produce these or if they will stay an art piece? It's a shame we can't all drop along to New York and pick one up for £50 or so!

Monday, 13 September 2010

More Tea? Katy's Cake Stands

I am delighted to have completed a job for the fabulous Katy's Cake Stands (facebook group - Katy's Cake Stands) Katy makes unique cake stands from individually-collected period plates and glasses and these have a vintage/shabby chic feel so the hand printed labels perfectly complement the stands. Every cake stand is different and so as I can print each item individually it's allowed for a range of individual tags to go with the plates. We think the eyeletted tag is particularly 40's against the pretty patterned porcelain!

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

My new Letterpress obsession

I've been wanting to produce some print for a while now and so after having done a one-to-one tutorial at the Leicester Print Workshop I caved in and spent some money on an Adana 8 x 5 letterpress. My first trials haven't been bad for a beginner and already I'm trying to combine print with design elements, the results of which I will post up shortly. Not having a workshop, however means that all of the paraphernalia, type trays, inks and papers are taking over the house and so as this grows I'm going to need more space - maybe a shed to help me to freeze my fingers off in the winter?! Well at least the press looks pretty in red and goes with my Scandi-chic decor!

Saturday, 24 July 2010


It started with an Action Sampler I bought 12 years ago. A little camera that captures sequential photos on good old fashioned film. I'm a sucker for film, as an art student I learnt to process and print my own photos and I thought that one day I would become a photographer. However I never had the patience to swot up on the technicalities of studio photography and preferred taking photos that capture a great composition, feeling or moment. My Action Sampler was very hit and miss and like a lot of my photography a complete experiment, but it's fun - I love sending off a film, waiting (these days anything between a day and 10 days) and then opening the packet to a pile of prints that are all either hits or misses and I think I get a lot of photos that other people wouldn't even try taking. I like the complementary nature of film - digital can be quite hard and sometimes show to much detail for my liking and so the softness of film can go down a treat. I only really own film cameras (including a Fisheye one) and have spent 2 years lusting after a Lomo - I can't get the one I want cheaply enough for my budget. However, now I have something that's the best of both worlds, a new app for my iphone that cost less than £2! Hipstamatic gives me film, lens and flash choices. I have become obsessed with the 1969 film and it's Lomo-like vignette and slightly out-of-date film look. The other advantage of it is that it's totally instant - I could upload the photos direct to the internet if I wanted, however I thought I would layer up the effects and put some of them through iphoto as well. Hope that you like them!

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Land Art

I recently stumbled upon the website of a land artist JimDenevan http://www.jimdenevan.com/news.htm and I was astounded by the scale and ambition this artist has. Not only is the scale of his work enormous and hugely ambitious but it's also perfectly executed. Who could imag
ine a piece of art 9 miles wide and visible on google maps. This man is creating beautiful patterns in nature but then utilising modern technology to document it. eventually the work is taken away by nature too and so Jim is using the technology of his time to create something that will only truly exist in his time - it's all temporary.

This reminded me of another artist that I found inspirational when I was younger - Andy Goldsworthy. http://www.rwc.uc.edu/artcomm/web/w2005_2006/maria_Goldsworthy/biography.html
Andy is a British land artist and sculptor. He is known for going for walks in nature and creating temporary pieces of art that over time would become a part of nature again too. From wrapping stones in rivers with leaves to sculpting ice and snow and building stone arches he makes the sculpture and photographs it before it disappears again. The end result is then not something that can be kept and owned and so the art is transient: it changes along with nature, it is a part of nature and it doesn't interfere with nature - it's harmonious.

Part of the idea behind Andy's art is the process of making it. I too am interested in the process of making my paintings. The end result is a product of the interaction the artist has with their materials and the manipulation that the artist gives to them in order to get to the end result. Whatever the materials they will perform as much as the artist wants them to but eventually whether the materials are man made or natural, they will still behave in a certain way. Andy has no control over the natural cycle - decomposition, rivers washing leaves away, sun melting ice and I like to play with the limits to which I control the materials that I use. Part of my enjoyment in it is to let the paint do unexpected things, I can control it to a degree but the paint for me is the main feature of the painting and so I like to let it wrap around the canvas in layers skins and textures of paint.

So please have a look at these two artists, I love nature and art and the two together I think are awe inspiring.

Monday, 5 July 2010

iphone photos

Here are some iphone photos I took while out walking in the fields last week. I love the evening light and the plant patterns.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Wotart Listing

More good news! I applied last week to get a Wotart listing and today found out that my application was successful. I have uploaded some new images to the online gallery there follow this link:


There are a few paintings on the portfolio there that aren't on my website and so this listing is a little different again.
Wotart is a free online directory for fine artists and fine art photographers they say the following:

WOTARTIST is a free art resource run by professional and practising artists and conceived to streamline the connection between artist and audience. Designed with ease-of-use foremost as a consideration, Wotartist's raison d'ĂȘtre is to bring the best artists currently exhibiting on the internet from search engine obscurity and hopefully to enjoy greater exposure. Wotartist's interface was born of the desire to democratise the exposure of artists' sites and to ensure that all the artists listed could be viewed in under 3 minutes

So here's to greater exposure!

Friday, 2 July 2010

I am an artist who makes abstract paintings, I am aiming to use my blog to compliment my painting and as an outlet for a collection of things that I find inspiring and interesting and to show other artistic avenues such as photography and printmaking. I aim to make a distinction between the content of the blog and the website and to exhibit and post different items on each.

My website is www.trudiemoore.co.uk and this is my main painting site. This week I also applied and was accepted onto Made in Leicestershirehttp://www.madeinleicestershire.org.uk/artists/artist/556/0/trudie/ and in the past I have been on Axis arts and hope to re-start this membership. I am planning to link all of these websites together and to put links onto my main website.

Over the years I have sold many paintings and done a lot of personal commissions and also a couple of commercial projects. I have been involved with private and open exhibitions and art fairs. As an artist it's really hard to promote yourself and to find the right buyers and so everything I do I try to target what I think is the relevant audience for my work.\

I hope that you will enjoy the content of my blog and that you will link in to my website and have a look at the portfolio of work that I have on there, maybe even browse in the shop?