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they will be able to make their own you think you have a good idea ‘go for prints or on the greetings cards
‘mini-Celtic circles’. As well as the for it’ – the person you are speaking I offer but, for work in a different
‘Celtic Circle’ in the grounds and to might just be delighted! I nearly medium I then sketch out different
the children’s workshop I will also didn’t make the call to Dinefwr compositions and decide what
be hosting a display in the main Park (‘Who am I to suggest such a materials to use and what colour
house (Newton House) as well as in thing?’) but I did make the call and I palette. I then produce a number of
one of the specially opened tower am so glad now. So, most of all push test pieces to determine the effects
rooms and holding a ‘One Woman yourself and never give up!” of various approaches, usually on
Exhibition’ of my work in their large Can you describe the stages you cardboard. On the final piece, where
and ancient barn, known as The Old go through to produce a piece of I use textures, I generally use boards
Laundry.” work, from initial idea to finished which are less flexible, although
What advice would you give to piece? “On my walks through the I have successfully used canvas.
artists hoping to secure similarly landscape, towns and villages, I take After applying the texture (some
impressive commissions? “Do photos all the time on my digital of which are pre-mixed with acrylic
research to find suitable businesses or camera which I then save onto my paints) I leave the work to dry. The
locations relevant to your own work. computer. I then review these images next stages are a matter of laying on
Don’t be afraid to ask for anything and source whichever particularly different paint effects and applying
but, equally, don’t be discouraged or inspires me at that moment – I like more textures, letting the work dry
upset if the answer is no. Be pleasant, to work within an atmosphere of and standing back and just looking
be passionate but be considerate. enthusiasm. I then zoom in on the – tweaking; adding more paint/
You are offering something but you photo and, if necessary, crop it to the textures until I am satisfied – and
are asking for something too. It is a required composition. Some of these knowing when to stop!”
partnership – look at it that way. If images can then be used directly
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