Lucy Eaton, an artist born in Oxford and now based in the West Midlands, is inspired by the vibrant beauty of local landscapes. Lucy explores a variety of mixed media, mainly using oils and acrylics to create texture and intrigue.
So if you follow me on instagram (or are very sensitive to high frequency sounds and heard my excited girly squeals) you’ll be relatively up to date on my latest news. As of last Monday a little selection of my work is for sale in the beautiful Handmade Boutique, Touchwood, Solihull. Being an entirely new venture for me, I had feelings of nervous trepidation balanced with serious excitement. But while arranging my paintings and brooches in my little space, I thought to myself, how exciting that my products are sharing this place with the work of these wonderful talented designers. I’ve spent a few years seriously painting, and learning what people like, what people want to invest in to hang on their walls and how much these little investments are worth. And now that I know this stuff, its time my work reached a larger audience.
I’ve sold on Etsy for a few years now. LucyEatonArt is where I sell my paintings, and BeerAndBirdy is where my floral brooches live. I love etsy, buying unique goodies on there, selling to an arty audience who appreciate what they’re buying. There’s no place like it online for me. Everything handmade and unique. But paintings are such a personal item; Before you hang something in your home, you want to see how the light hits the little ridges left by the brush strokes and get a feel for the entire design without having to press zoom. Also I love to buy local, visiting the little haberdasher down the road for my buttons, going to the local gardening shop for plants, supporting the green grocers. And I think people are the same when it comes to art, so the idea of a boutique with a collection of work from a group of local designers just works. So if ever you’re in Solihull go and have a browse at the work of your local artists and designers. There are all sorts of gifts and goodies there so if you want something bespoke, unique and high quality just go look.
I am a flower show convert! Up until Chelsea Flower Show 2015, I had never attended a flower show (Well unless you count Gardeners World Live where I spent a lot more time in the Good Food section sampling ice cream than I did perusing the perennials). Admittedly I’ve never been that bothered with the idea of attending, I figured I had been to enough Garden centres and I have enough friends and family with beautiful gardens for me to visit! But this was something else. As you wander around the incredible show gardens you become absolutely absorbed by the creativity of it all. And the people who have made these masterpieces aren’t Gardeners alone, they must be recognised as artists, designers, architects and visionaries. Inspirational stuff! This is NOT a day out at the garden centre, it is a chance to stand amongst gardens that I have only ever seen in books and oil paintings. How lovely to be in that scene, the fragrance, the sounds of happy bees and the sunlight dancing on the pond. I of course now hope to attend many more.
We recently hopped over to Holland for a friends wedding (which was absolutely beautiful!) and a little backpacking adventure. Safe to say we ate the best pancakes we have ever had and sat in some very nice little pubs and even a windmill brewery. Sometimes there is nothing better than a weekend away with some of the people you love, knowing that the only necessary tasks in hand are 1) Find good food 2) Find good drink 3) Find good view. And happily it was very easy to find all of the above in one nice little slanted canal side dwelling.
Obviously one of the highlights of Amsterdam for me was the flower market. Buckets and buckets of beautiful tulips, roses and lilies all perfectly presented in rich colours. I wanted to paint everything there and then!
Another huge highlight was the Van Gogh museum which I thought was exceptional. Never having been a huge fan of “the Sunflowers” and therefore Van Gogh (sorry!) I didn’t anticipate being that taken back. But what a brave guy artistically. We talk about knowing and building your brand (which is really important!) But we can be scared to try anything stylistically different for fear of straying from our brand. Van Gogh seemed to try it all, and still achieve an end piece that was unmistakably his own “brand”. Such a great variety of styles and compositions.
I love how pleased he was with his masterpiece – even if its not my favourite – where some of his work remained unsigned perhaps because he wasn’t pleased with it, his signature is right in the middle of the sunflowers painting, in BIG red letters. It makes you think that little bit harder about what you’re doing, because dont we all really want to create something that makes us so pleased we want to write our name in huge red letters across it!?
March is almost here can you believe it?! February has proved to be a busy month full of all kinds of goings on, some good, some not so great. I’ve been really glad to have an exciting painting commission to work on, something that pushes my boundaries and has made me feel more creative than I’ve felt in quite a while. Think explosions of colour, lush trees, rolling hills and crazy foxes running around. I always felt like paintings were like outfits, the “pick three colours maximum” rule. But in nature there’s no such thing as clashing colours! You never see a field full of poppies and foxgloves, Iris, wild orchids, dandelions and daisies and think “woah too much colour”. So I’m experimenting with using every colour I have in the paintbox to create crazy colourful meadows that you want to find and spread out your picnic blanket.
In other news this month, i’ve been enjoying very much my little soap deliveries from Honest soaps whilst in their trial stage. They’re on their journey to making very lovely, kind to the skin soaps that smell incredible and are jam packed full of nice natural ingredients, just how we like it. And as a sweet bonus to someone who loves a bit of colour injected into every area of my home, they’re lovely and colourful too! Talk about a gigantic cherry on top!
It’s been a pretty hectic few weeks with various endeavours. The hubby and I popped to London to visit family and friends and ended up in distinctly quirky Camden Lock. What a great place! We could have eaten everything, particularly those scrumptious bagels and the lorry load of doughnuts and cronuts…although I’m still not really sure what a cronut actually is…but I know I want one.
It’s definitely a place I’ll be going back to explore for inspiration. We were headed for Borough Market in Southwark, but found it’s closed on Sundays! Devastation followed. Thanks to Deliciously Ella, I regularly see photos of incredible fruit and vegetable laden swanky market stalls on my Instagram feed. We’ll make it there again soon I’m sure!
So after a great weekend with lovely people, lots of hilarity and many delicious calories we were homeward bound to the Midlands. I had a few new commissions to work on whilst sitting at my table in the window of our new home. This lovely customer wanted something fresh and zesty, with some summery Helenium in crisp white and punchy green, it’s put me right in the mood for summer, please summer, do come soon!
I think it all began with my wonderful Aunty Nora who taught me a very important lesson, that a landscape drawing should not consist of a blue line for the sky, with a green line for the ground and a yellow circle for the sun. She painted the most beautiful watercolour skies and I would watch her in awe. From then on, I knew I had to paint…swans, butterflies, my own eyelids, anything, everything!
Fast forward a decade or so, I went on to study Art and Design at college (best two years of my education, school was tedious!) and fell in love with Fine Art. I had some incredible tutors, one of whom has gone on to do brilliant things as the man behind Pop Bang Colour, Ian Cook. Finally, a fair few years later, after two house moves, quite a large amount of stress, a wedding and a lot of hours spent in work I didn’t enjoy, I have decided to spend more time doing the things that really make me feel happy, excited and inspired! So let the painting commence!