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.
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!