Today I thought I'd bring you some behind the scenes footage from deep within the hub that is artist Claire Duguid's studio.
Lovely, juicy oil paints ready all for use!
As any artist will tell you: the studio, where all the magic happens, is a place of both excitement and of torment. It's the place where an artist can fly high in the knowledge that they are producing their best-ever work, or it can feel like solitary confinement - a place of doom when things aren't working for you. When an artist is working towards an exhibition deadline, those highs and lows are compounded as the clock ticks. It's an intense and grueling process that requires a certain amount of 'mind over matter', not to mention hours upon hours of fighting it out with the brushes and paint. You could call it a love/hate relationship.
However, I am pleased to report that all the angst and dedication from artists Claire Duguid and Dylan Lisle was more than worth it, with both of them producing their best work to date for this exhibition. Here's a snap of Claire Duguid getting stuck in:
Those of you who have viewed Claire's work will have recognised the incredible skill required to produce such paintings. To be this precise, whilst using so much white oil paint, requires a very steady hand and nerves of steel. Make one tiny mistake and it will set you back hours or, even worse, literally send you back to the drawing board.
So we applaud you, Claire Duguid, for putting in a herculean effort and remaining calm under pressure.
Leaving you with my favourite snap:
Here she is managing to force a smile and put on a brave face from the confines of her personal space.