Welcome and Good Bliss!
Welcome and Good Bliss!
Fine Art Made Fun!
Sitting on a sofa, across from a bright red bird with a golden sash, coffee in hand, morning breeze reaching in from the patio doors- this is an invitation to a day, an encouragement to look for and see the lightness of being, an atmosphere of belonging and assurance that it's okay to enjoy life, to have fun, to not take it all too seriously. Art can do this. One piece of art, unassumingly staring out from beside a lamp or a plant, can do this. I promise! If it's the right one.
My art is "fine" in the sense that I use the highest quality materials available, and in that it is executed with precision and coming from over a decade of experience with the materials and many more years of practice and study, so that collectors receive excellent value in the exchange, and a lifetime (and longer) of enjoyment. These paintings, with proper care, will last indefinitely. But it is FUN art primarily, meant to delight the eyes and evoke joy and connection between people.
People, are my first love, and the inspiration for continuing to make art. In (admittedly over-dramatic) times when I've wondered whether I should stop making art, I have come back to the same deeply-held reality within; art is my invitation, my offering, and my love-letter to the people of the world. I cannot meet each one, and I cannot be present in the lives of every one, but I can reach more people with my love through my art than I could by any other means, because art is my means.
Never am I more fulfilled in my art than when a collector or viewer sees him/herself in one of my birds or sea creatures or boats, etc.... And when they do, I see myself in them, because we're both connecting with something in one another, illuminated by an unmistakeable human caricature, made visible by black ink, and bright paint.
Each work of art is a self-portrait of sorts, and each one collected is a portrait of the collector at the same time. We're born for connection, evidenced by how easily we can meet in the surface layer of a painting as though it were a two-sided mirror- each of us facing the other. And then like a bathroom mirror folded to show infinity, as we relate with our guests, our families, and our friends through this image, no more mysterious than a cave painting, but just as delightful a discovery.
I hope you'll enjoy my shop, and that you feel very free to contact me; I would be delighted to meet you!
xo Imogen Skye
Imogen Skye Freeman
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator
A Maker, Artist, and Artisane since before I can remember, I love using a vast diversity of materials to create. I am formally trained in Glass-Blowing, Kiln-Casting (etc) and also Scientific & Technical Illustration.
At last, I had my voluminous tank of ink ready at my disposal, but it required that I be trained in both letting go of my urge to control the ink fully, and in gently guiding it along its path. I use a pointy dowel to exploit the inevitable puddles of ink that burst out from the syringe intermittently. The process is messy at times, and remarkably tight at others. It is the Tao of Ink.
Gouache (my second art-love) is a natural companion to the ink, having such strength and ability to stand and be noticed, even next to the bold, blacker-than-black expression of the ink. Metallics are amongst my favourite paints and I sometimes use authentic gold leafing in my work. I include watercolour paints mostly for adjusting the colours, and infrequently, on their own.
I use a lovely tech pen for finishing each piece, at the point where I no longer want such variation in the line widths, after the gouache and watercolour have dried. This part of the process is very tight and requires a very steady hand and eye.
Most of my work has been on cotton boards and paper, which I love for their texture, working properties, and look. A recent commission on wood has prompted me to investigate including birch panels in my future selection of suitable materials on which to paint.
Each of these pieces has undergone many steps before completion, and though the finished images seem simple enough (as in they are fairly obvious in shape, colour, and imagery), each step in their evolution from raw materials to finished work, must be very carefully, sensitively executed in order to end up looking so simple. As with many things that seem simple, to achieve that appearance of simplicity, of clarity, much care and effort, and in my particular work, mental and physical preparedness through meditative practices, have been embodied within. Though each piece begins very organically, each step toward its completion is more and more deliberate and requires more and more sensitivity to the image, so that there would be a chasm between the beginning stage and finish were it not for the methods employed between.
I have created well-over 100 finished works in this style and method, many of which are now in private collections. Ideas and inspiration have flowed ceaselessly to me since at least my earliest memories, and this method and media embue my whole process with love and freedom; I am eternally grateful.
I have included a description of the work and a tag with each piece, which is wrapped in an archival sleeve to protect it while it awaits framing.
Thank you for inviting my artwork into your life for your collection and/or to give to someone you love, or just for enjoying as you browse all the lovely work here on Etsy.
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