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  • Artists Interview :: Kim O’Neil


    Welcome to our soon to be regular interviews with artists that have their work in our shop. First up is Kim O’Neil who is a London based artist. She will also be doing a demonstration in store on the 25th February at Frames & Art Bromley.

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    This is a FREE demonstration with professional artist Kim O'Neal sharing tips and techniques on how to create textures and effects using acrylic mediums and paint.

    Find out more here

    What is your name?
    Kim O’Neil I live and work near London.

    What type of artist are you?
    My practice is loosely based around the idea of making monuments of small paper ephemera, minutiae that could go unnoticed or encapsulating material possessions in a way that changes their value or meaning.

    Who / what inspired you to be an artist?
    I don’t think there’s been a time when I wasn’t an artist, I’ve been experimenting in a creative way since infancy.

    Which country are you from?
    Britain but I’m a not so distant relation to JFK so there’s an Irish link.

    What is your favourite colour?
    My favourite pigment colour is phthalocyanine blue green shade, it’s so intense and I love the undertone.

    What time of the day are you at your most creative?
    About 3pm in the afternoon, I start painting at 10am but only really get warmed up by the afternoon.

    If you could choose an animal that represents your creativity, which animal would it be?
    My spirit animal is a Deer, they are so graceful.

    Do you have a favourite artist?
    Without a doubt Hieronymus Bosch last March I travelled to Holland to see the 500 years retrospective.

    How would you describe your work?
    I graduated from Central saint Martins in 2004 with a degree in Fine Art.  My painting and montage uses the paper minutiae we all leave behind throughout our lives, transforming them into gigantic hand painted monuments.  More recently my practice has turned to diagrams, especially anatomical, treated with my unique style of vandalism.

    What is your biggest achievement so far in your creative work?
    My biggest achievement is difficult to name as I’m so proud of several exhibitions I’ve shown work in and also my huge amount of technical knowledge I’ve gained working with Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Reeves.

    Many thanks to Kim for answering our questions look out for more artists interviews in the coming months. Also you can meet her at our Bromley store on the 25th February 2017.

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  • Tools to help you create: Sennelier Oil Pastels

    File 15-07-2016, 13 29 13One of our favorite things about working in an art materials shop is having access to so many different mediums. We love testing products and learning about their inherent qualities and uses.

    A few years back a conversation with a customer led me to the discovery of one of my absolute favorite brands, Sennelier Oil Pastels. Previously I’d always had a pretty tough time enjoying playing with my existing oil pastels, which I had found to actually be more akin to crayons at times due to the lack of pigment content. I had also had some difficulty in mixing and blending colour as what I was using was fairly hard.

    I was immediately impressed as a read the blurb on the back of the packaging, which handily stated,

    ‘Created by Sennelier for Pablo Picasso, the Oil Pastel offers freedom of creation for everyone’

    Some research revealed that in 1949, Picasso had requested though Henri Goetz that Sennelier produce hand-held pigments that had total coverage. Sennelier Pastels are designed to be used not just on paper or canvas, but for a huge array of mixed media applications. These oil sticks can be easily used in conjunction with Acrylic and Oil painting, wood, metal, glass and ceramics.File 15-07-2016, 13 28 21

    The first thought is how true the colours are (and the available range is HUGE), secondly when you feel the tip of the pastel you’re immediately taken with how soft and creamy they feel. They have an extremely high pigment content and are held together with a non-oxidising and very pure synthetic binding medium.

    Actually using the pastels on paper is the real revelation, I was amazed at how little force was needed to make a good solid mark on the paper surface I was using. Colours can be blended effortlessly and they can be mixed with a wide variety of mediums and thinners. The creamy, oily nature of these pastels means they will not naturally dry, so the use of Fixative is a must.

    What I love most about Sennelier pastels is not just the freedom of use with a variety of media, but how free they feel in just regular, playful expression.

    Sennelier Oil Pastels are available at Frames and Art in a wide variety of single colours and sets, including iridescent colours.

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