Monday, 22 September 2008

Artist Stella Dunkley Interview "Catching The Light Cascade"

by ahindson and is filed under spotlight.
In this edition of Spotlight, we are joined by the beautiful and talented Stella Dunkley, a Dorset-based landscape artist who after experimenting with different subjects in her artwork, has finally found her ideal subject… In leading up to perfecting her incredible talents, Stella also worked creatively in other fields, such as with photography and food. We sat down with Stella to find out how she came to settle on the subject that suits her skills best…

1) When did you first realise that you were meant to be a painter? Can you tell us a little about the road to that decision? It’s always been in my mind that I wanted to be a painter, previous jobs were chef and before that assistant photographer, I always had jobs that involved some sort of creativity, I finally took the plunge after moving to Dorset, I started to experiment with different subjects and mediums and finding that my work started to sell immediately was wonderful it helped give me the confidence to continue, I spent the next few years working hard learning with each completed painting and developing my working practices and style.



2) A lot of your work highlights the brilliant interplay that light and shadow can produce. Why does light inspire you? I’m fascinated with the effect that light has on the landscape, particularly near the coast, every minute the light can change effecting the colours and mood, just before a storm the clouds break for a brief moment creating a cascade of light over the sea, or very early in the morning you get a fresh clear light, when it’s misty I go along to Mudeford quay where the boats with their reflections are just barely visible in the grey/ blue light, light varies so much from place to place, this profession gives you a great excuse to travel and take in the atmosphere and mood of a place.

3) Why did you choose your current location as a base, and what does it offer to the working artist? I live in the beautiful area of Dorset near the river, sea and New Forest, it has had a profound effect on my art and the subject matter that I am best known for, if I reach a dead end with a painting I can go for a walk by the sea with our dogs, clear the head and come back to my studio with the solutions on how to finish.

4) How do you think success can be defined artistically? I get a feeling of success when I look back at previous work and can see that I’m improving and developing as an artist, you never stop learning, I’m my own worst critic, It’s a great feeling to be able to capture onto canvas the essence of a scene the way you see it in your minds eye, you put yourself into the work so when you get good feedback from buyers or other artists it’s so rewarding

5) Tell us about ‘Red Sky’… What steps did you take to so adeptly capture this scene? Thank you, I wanted to capture this sunset reflected on the water in an Impressionistic way without detailing the river too much, to focus the viewers attention on the strong colour which helps to create the mood and atmosphere of a summers evening, I used some photos of rivers from my collection I only needed to get the basic shapes of the sky and river, I started by using a canvas that had previously been washed with an orange/red colour, then blocking in the main shapes and colours leaving each layer of paint to dry before adding the detail and finishing with several glazes of crimson and reds

6) How would you describe your following in your home town? Could you tell us what a typical buyer might be like? (For example, have they heard of your work prior to visiting your gallery?)I’m getting known locally for my seascapes inspired by local scenes, I get a lot of repeat buyers and referrals from buyers around the world, many say they’ve seen work in exhibitions and have searched my name to find my website.

7) Has there ever been a difficult period for your through your painting career? How did you get through it? Not really everything has gone fairly smoothly (touch wood!) I’ve had a few of the usual rejection letters from exhibitions which is disappointing but it spurs you on to improve so that can’t be a bad thing..

How do you keep yourself motivated? I’ve been lucky I’ve been doing commissions back to back for the past couple of years so I’m always doing something new which helps to keep me motivated and moving forward, I get asked to do a wide variety of subjects which are interesting and challenging. I also travel - new places always motivate me, changing subject or medium keeps my work fresh, you start on a different track and it fuels your creativity which leads to more ideas, it seems the more you experiment and enjoy it the more ideas develop and evolve.

We would like to thank Stella for her thoughtful and inspiring answers. I’m sure all of our artists will feel great appreciation for her ideas on staying motivated and working logically through what to any artists is a very emotional process. We wish you the best of luck Stella for your work in 2008!
To keep up to date on Stella’s latest creations, please visit her website at:http://www.stella-dunkley.co.uk/

Eventide & September Tides Seascapes by Stella Dunkley

September Tides, seascape painting with the sun's reflections at low tide, oil on canvas


Eventide, seascape painting with boats moored at sunset in the harbour, oil on canvas

Thursday, 18 September 2008

IATTDA

A member of IATTDA, Integrity, Quality and Diversity.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

New seascape paintings by Stella Dunkley

New at riverart & stella-dunkley.co.uk,"August Tide" an original mixed media painting on watercolour paper, For sale £270 + P&P

"Warm Summer's Eve II", original watercolour painting, boats at sunset, Mudeford, Dorset, For sale £270 + P&P offers considered, thanks for looking!


Monday, 1 September 2008

New flower art for sale, triptych poppies on watercolour paper, "Three Poppies" £325 + P&P, mounted ready to frame, 88 x 42 cm
Thanks for looking!


Thursday, 28 August 2008

New art by Stella Dunkley

"Orchids On Blue" oil painting

An original still life flower painting, five pink orchids with a background of deep blues, painted edges for contemporary frameless hanging, signed on the front, certificate of authenticity, picture hanging rings attached, for sale £380 + P&P


Tuesday, 26 August 2008

New seascape paintings by Stella Dunkley

"Chasing The Wave", an original mixed media seascape painting on watercolour paper, a little boy running into the waves, inspired by a scene at Southbourne, Dorset, 50 x 70 cm, unmatted & unframed, worldwide delivery.
For sale £270 + P&P (offers considered)


"Coastal Moods", an original mixed media seascape painting on watercolour paper, sand & sea with yachts in the distance, inspired by a scene at Southbourne, Dorset, 51x 33 cm, unmatted & unframed, worldwide delivery. For sale £135 + P&P (offers considered)


Thanks for looking!

Friday, 22 August 2008

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

"Sea Moods" New Seascape Oil Paintings

New art for sale at riverart or stella-dunkley.co.uk
"Sea Moods" a new collection of oil paintings on box canvas inspired by the sea and skies of the Dorset coast..

Sold, Sea Moods III, 400 GBP + P&P
An original Impressionistic seascape painting, 70 x 70 x 4 cm, oil on deep box canvas

original seascape oil painting sea moods 3 by stella dunkley

For sale, Sea Moods II, 400 GBP + P&P
An original semi-abstract seascape painting on deep box canvas, 90 x 60 x 4 cm

original seascape oil on canvas sea moods 2 by stella dunkley

For sale, Sea Moods, 400 GBP + P&P
An original seascape painting on deep box canvas, 80 x 60 x 4 cm

original seascape oil painting on canvas sea moods by stella dunkley

Offers considered, thanks for looking!

Saturday, 19 July 2008

New Triptych River Sunset Painting


River Of Saffron, An original river seascape sunset oil painting by Stella Dunkley, inspired by scenes around the river Stour, Dorset, triptych on box canvases, £425 + P&P, thanks for looking!

Thursday, 17 July 2008

New vibrant ocean sunset seascapes by Stella Dunkley

Eternity V, 2008, an original ocean seascape oil painting, on deep edge box canvas, for sale at http://www.riverart.co.uk/ctSunset_Paintings or http://www.stella-dunkley.co.uk/ £225 + P&P, see the galleries for more sunsets, seascapes & abstract art, or commission a painting designed to your own specification, thanks for looking!


Thursday, 5 June 2008

Exhibition Seascapes & Sunset Paintings


Exhibition of original contemporary seascape & sunset paintings by Stella Dunkley at Gallery in the square, Usk, from 6th June '08, for more art & info visit : RiverArt

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

New seascape, abstract & sunset art

What's new at Riverart & Stella Dunkley.co.uk


Coastal, original semi-abstract seascape painting, mixed media deep box canvas




Spice Route III, original mixed media abstract painting, deep box canvas

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Exhibition Gallery In The Square

The recent exhibition Original Contemporary Seascapes by Stella Dunkley finished last week after a succesful showing, there will be more original paintings exhibited for sale at the Gallery in the forthcoming weeks, see http://www.riverart.co.uk or http://www.stella-dunkley.co.uk for details of upcoming events, see below for some of the paintings that were included in the exhibition




Ethereal Light, oil on box canvas seascape painting with boats


Serenity V, original ocean sunset painting, oil on deep box canvas








Commission An Original Sunset Painting

Seascape & Sunset art available by commission, by contemporary artist Stella Dunkley, it's easy to commission an original seascape or vibrant sunset painting, landscape or abstract, there's a low deposit (deducted from the balance if the artwork is purchased) you can design the specifications yourself or the artist could do a similar artwork to previously completed commissions or paintings on the website, see below for some examples of recently commissioned pieces

Serenity VIII, an original oil on deep box canvas ocean sunset painting with beautiful vibrant colours, £225 + £15 P&P (Mainland UK) International delivery available


Mocha Sky IV, an original triptych oil on box canvases, ocean sunset painting, stunning colours, £250 + £15 P&P (Mainland UK) International delivery available see the websites http://www.riverart.co.uk/ or http://www.stella-dunkley.co.uk for details