South East Recorder Issue 09 - Page 13

Art update IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER Everybody, everywhere appreciates the beauty of art, with some finding artistic beauty in places often overlooked. Artists are experts at seeing those magical and forgotten moments in their surroundings and capturing them for all to see. in part to the internet and online selling sites such as eBay, Etsy, Folksy and Not Art can be found in many weird and wonderful forms, from paintings produced in watercolours, oils and acrylics to sculptures made from porcelain, ceramic and bronze. It can also be produced with textiles, mixed media, photographs, glass and even jewellery, with many jewellery-making artists inspired by the natural forms and colours found in natural forms and shapes such as gemstones. The movement also seems to have grown as an alternative to the Like with traditional artists who craft with a paintbrush, crafters and hobbyists enjoy the satisfaction of expressing their creativity, learning new crafts and taking a break from the stresses of daily life with their art. For some, it is also an opportunity to generate a secondary income. While the Arts movement has continued to thrive throughout history, the Arts and Crafts movement has seen tremendous growth in recent years, perhaps due DAVID HUGHES a r t i s t on the High Street, which make it simpler and more accessible for crafters who cannot afford a physical shop to sell their wares. mass-produced trends and fashions. While many are happy to keep with trends, there are certainly some who prefer to express their own unique personality with individual designs and items. There is a huge variety of fresh and individual designs available, from jewellery and household accessories to decorative and functional items such as handbags and phone cases, toys and even clothes. Whether it’s the knowledge that each item is of a very limited number or the fact that it has been handmade with love by somebody who cares more about their craft than their finances, buyers are ready and willing to snap up fantastic and unique pieces of art, whether it be an original painted canvas or a handmade candle. David Hughes paints unique pet portraits from a provided acceptable photo, in a popular modern 'pop/comic art' style, using oil or acrylic. Each painting is framed and protected with a matt varnish. Prices available on request subject to requirements. Traditional paintings and paintings of loved ones - even if that is your car - are also available and make ideal gifts. For more information or to enquire about a commission contact | 07764743427