Tuesday, 20 October 2015

New Artwork

I am excited about some new portraits... I was in London sketching and photographing models / sitters with amazing hair at the weekend.  I'm really looking forward to creating the final pieces.  I plan to document my process (something I don't usually do) so look out for some videos!
From Retrospective Sisterhood (Diptych)

Monday, 19 October 2015

Contemporary Art Response to Dramatic Charity Event

I ‘documented’ a hairdresser losing her hair through three large paintings on canvas (The Gift I, II, and III).  

Reading based Hairdresser Mel, had her long, multi-coloured hair shaved off publicly in her Salon to raise awareness of human sex trafficking and to raise money for a charity supporting victims.  The three vibrant paintings depict different stages of the event and the changing atmosphere.  

Fellow hairdressers wept as Mel had the last of her hair removed; her sacrificial ‘gift’ was a touching act to witness.  25% of profits from sales of prints and the paintings are donated to The Mustard Tree Foundation’s Rahab Project.

The Gift I  91cm (w) x 61cm (h) paint on canvas with embellishment  
 The Gift II  61cm (w) x 91cm (h) paint on canvas with embellishment    
The Gift III  61cm (w) x 91cm (h) paint on canvas with embellishment

For more information about these paintings, please go to www.saatchiart.com/bethlouella

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Portrait Painting

Portraits are my huge passion! I find a broad range of people inspiring and love the challenge of expressing the unseen.  Here are some of my more recent portraits... (you can view them at www.bethlouella.com and some on Saatchi Art www.saatchiart.com/bethlouella)
Koko 80cm (w) x 60cm (h) paint on canvas 
 Murunga  29cm (w) x 20.5cm (h) paint and ink on paper  
 Peter  46cm (w) x 61cm (h) paint on canvas
Retrospective Sisterhood  (Diptych) 120cm (w) x 80cm (h) paint on canvas with embellishment 
Self Portrait Gold  36cm (w) x 46cm (h) paint on canvas with embellishment
 Self Portrait Red  51cm (w) x 61cm (h) paint on canvas with embellishment
  Spiritual Boadicea I  61cm (w) x 91cm (h) paint on canvas with embellishment