Artist

For a long time I have been reluctant to call myself an artist. I love to create things, but didn’t follow the conventional route through art school, so didn’t claim the title. Slowly I have been learning how to paint watercolors, to screen print, and create mono prints. I love to then digitize some of these images to see what else I can create from them.

My biggest body of work was the 100 Days of Creating challenge on Instagram in 2015. The magazine, “The Great Discontent” challenged people to create and post their art everyday for 100 days to help overcome the “it isn’t good enough” syndrome we all tend to go through. The pieces I created are on one of my Instagram accounts, and can also be found on this site. Some of the art really amazed me, other pieces are less than stellar…

I am still working on a lengthy project to inspire creativity in others, and these projects can be seen on my other Instagram account.

My current projects are a development from the watercolor flower project, and show the outlines of flowers and weeds. I have always loved the simplicity of black and white graphics, and it has been a challenge to approach a large blank canvas and make marks on it. In tandem I have been exploring ways to incorporate illumination into my work – the strings of tiny lights capture my imagination and call out to become something more. My latest pieces are a part of this “Illuminations” series, some of which can be seen below and on my site, Gillian Lancaster Art. I am gradually adding the art, calendars, prints, cards and luminaries to my Etsy shop.

This year in amongst my other projects, I have been experimenting with combining pieces of retro advertising with interesting backgrounds. The resulting pieces are available as prints and downloads, and are sold through the Etsy shop, Leaves of Paper which I run with my daughter.

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