Today’s featured artist is Vikki Hastings:
My name is Vikki Hastings, I’m 27, and I have been painting seriously for 11 years. I graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2011 with BA(hons) degree in painting, prior to this I studied at the Reid Kerr College, Paisley where I graduated with an HNC in Environmental Fine Art. Since graduating from university, I’ve been working full-time from my own studio in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, where I have been primarily working on commission. I work part-time at the local gallery, The Wellington Gallery, where I work as a framer. I also hold exhibitions and art classes there.
I work with acrylics, it’s a perfect partnership – they are fast-drying, and I am a very quick worker. I usually have about 6 or 7 paintings on the go at once. I used to be so concerned about getting a painting to look like a photograph, and my style has changed so much that I just don’t recognise what I was aiming for back then.
I like to ‘make marks’. It’s all about the brushes, the size and shapes of the marks that they can make, and very thick paint. I shovel my paint onto the canvas, and the whole process is just massively successful to me. I prefer to give the impression of something rather than have something without a ‘hair out of place’.
The first tutor I ever had told me that it wasn’t about being able to draw, it was about making marks. I didn’t listen. I thought he was wrong. But it has only been in the last few years that I realised he was correct. Different brushes, make different marks, and you can use all those marks to create something that looks like nature, or looks like a figure without ever intending to draw it correctly.
Mostly, however, I work on commission. My facebook page is the best way to keep up to date with all my new works and works in progress: https://www.facebook.com/artistvikkihastings
Thank you Vikki Hastings!
Another very talented Artist!
Thank you all you readers for dropping by today!