A lovely note from a Collector yesterday and it absolutely made me tingle with joy. The connections I make with each Collector is very important to me. It's an incredible part of what I do as an artist! Over the last few months, people from all over the world have taken the time to write me an email or two and it really warms my heart. A huge thank you to all of you.
Much like a screen print process, I used only Ultramarine, Lemon Yellow, and Cadmium Red, layering in that order on the paper. The secondary and tertiary colors created were very fun to uncover. I focused on the tints and shades of each hue and applied the paint appropriately, leaving white space as the main highlights (very important). Overall I think I prefer the monotone blue best, but the end result is also beautiful. Now available in the Shop.
In addition to my paintings and collections, my watercolors can be found on fabrics, where you can make what you'd like, or homewares, decor, and wallpaper. I'll be updating this shop frequently and will release new patterns within The Collector community.
Feeling the love from Peterborough Telegraph! Thanks for sharing news about the launch.
Excitement and nerves are running high as the Just Beyond collection nears the official launch date. The pre-launch has started and collectors have been browsing the shop and virtual exhibition since this morning. The press is releasing the news across the world, literally (EEK!). On Sunday, we are hosting a family-and-close-friends video cheers which will be the perfect way to seal the launch (pic will be posted!).
This has seriously been such a trip. So much painting. So much learning. So much planning. And above all else, so much fun. Pre-covid I was a stay-at-home mother of two looking for ways to get back into career-life. Now I've launched an online shop showcasing my previously-private works of art. I have a wonderful network that has pushed me through to success. So to all of you, thank you. And to myself, THANK YOU.
If you would like to join the fun, sign up for The Collector where you will instantly receive your early access code plus 10% off.
Collectors will have the chance to browse the Just Beyond collection in a beautiful and modern virtual exhibition space. By using a computer mouse or keyboard arrows, one can "walk" through the space and view the artwork on the walls.
I'll be reshooting my artwork this weekend (morning light has beens superb lately) and get my art into the virtual gallery in time for the Collectors-only pre-launch on September 4th. I'm considering one wing for the framed originals and one wing for giclée prints.
If you build an exhibition, send me the link as I never turn down a gallery visit.
The new collection Just Beyond, featuring original landscape artworks from England, will be available to the public September 6th on ashley-stuart.com. The exhibition features 10 original watercolor or mixed media paintings and limited edition giclée prints that will be available until December 2020.
Art was my method of de-stressing during lockdown and I found opportunities to look for inspiration closer to home rather than around the world. “Just Beyond” is the result of my lockdown exploration, featuring UK landscapes nearby my home in Peterborough. I enjoy exploring expansive space viewed from first-person and guiding my viewers towards passageways to somewhere unknown. Each piece aims to be an avenue for nostalgia, while evoking curiosity about what might be just beyond the frame of view.
Using layers of visceral brushstrokes to create a fluid base, I applied watercolor pencil or graphite overtop to create depth, definition, and texture. My work focuses on figurative landscapes that are often devoid of people. With this collection, I hope to encourage viewers to embrace the beauty of life right outside your doorstep.
Viewings of original artwork may be arranged by appointment-only.
I have been focused on the Just Beyond collection artwork and building my small business. Illustration has been set aside and, oh! how I miss it. When I woke up this morning I decided to squeeze in an hour of sketching. Those sketches turned into macrame plant holders, caught fish on the dock, a reading list, and a zen cup of tea. Using my favorite three colors, I worked as I always do: little to no sketching prior, laying down fields of color, and then giving form and shape with watercolor pencils. After doing some additional iterations, prints of the best will be put into the shop come September.
Images are ©Ashley Stuart. All reproduction or use of images is prohibited without written consent. If you see an artwork that you would like to own, but it's not in the shop, get in touch and I'll try to make it happen!