Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #71, angelajsimpson
Artist Angela of angelajsimpson, is our new CraftBritannia Shop of the Week , and tells us more about herself in this week’s interview. She specialises in cards and pet portraits.
Describe your “typical” working day or week
At the moment I seem to be working from when I get up to when I go to bed – I love it! I try to get all those desk based jobs done in the morning before I turn off the laptop and get painting. I have two personal challenges on the go – an ink drawing a day and a daily oil painting “en plein air”. I normally have a commission on the easel as well. I write two blogs – a weekly one, which I started in 2011, following my artistic journey and a new daily one where I post my oil paintings. However, the structure of my week is adjusting to incorporate building a house and raising a young puppy!
What material do you most enjoy working with?
My favourite painting medium is soft pastel which I have been using for about 30 years, but I love to vary my technique and switch between mediums . I also use pencil, charcoal, ink and oils. My biggest challenge has got to be using oils – they are so different to pastels.
If you could try a new craft, what would it be?
I’d love to have a go at woodcuts and etching. I’ve done a little bit of printing using lino – and when my new studio is built I shall be doing a lot more. Although I’m fascinated with colour, I’m most attracted to strong contrasts – so I love the detailed black & white prints that can be achieved with relief printing techniques like these. Perhaps I will find time to go on a course when the house is finished!
Tell us about what inspires and motivates you
Earlier this year we moved from North Wales to the north coast of Scotland, where it’s impossible not to be affected and inspired by the colour and form of the landscape. The jigsaw of rural life in this crofting community presents me with a massive amount of inspiration and has given me a list of ideas that will keep me busy for years! I have a long way to go before my art provides a sustainable income, but when I’m out painting by the sea, I tell myself that I have got to make it work if only to enable me to look at this view ’til I’m old and grey!
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
I’ve just relaunched my shop, focusing on small affordable artwork such as my original ink drawings. I’m focusing on a different animal every month, and making new listings every week, and I shall also be introducing a range of Christmas cards very soon. I think my tonal ink drawings may inspire some linocuts for my shop in 2014 🙂