Alexandria Attfield

Hello there,  My names Alexandria Attfield, I am a London based Oil Painter. I have been painting since my teenage years and have a particular fascination with nature, depth and the application of vivid colour to form abstract but life-like organic environments. To me nature spans beyond the planetary confines of Earth and so my work can sometimes take on elements of other planets. ******************************************************* I studied Art to A-Level earlier on in life, but decided instead of learning others techniques I wanted to develop my own, and therefore did not graduate in Art but instead in Psychology. ******************************************************* In my Art I create a sense of familiarity with which the viewer can find their own meaning. The power of suggestion. On a deeper level I use my work to invoke a deeper biological attraction to nature through environments that are organic-like structures that captivate the mind. ******************************************************* My relationship with the creative process can be a trying and complex affair. Firstly I do not paint piece after piece. A certain concoction of emotions, thoughts, ideas or concepts develop within me until I start to feel the need to create. When I approach the canvas- I may have ‘some’ idea of what feel I am going for, however, no full idea is formed as this inhibits flow. When I reach flow I am almost in autopilot, I am simply engaging with the colours, the medium, and the environment I am creating and so my consciousness is almost removed from the process. Pure energy takes over the process and it can be very cathartic. Eventually I come back into a more aware state and there is always a moment when I know the painting is finished and nothing more can be done to it for better or for worse. ******************************************************* I have spent many years honing my craft and take the upmost care in making sure that my original oil pieces are designed to last. What does this mean? Well, many oil painters are not aware of the level of discipline it can take to create a stable environment for your Art to exist in. For example, the Canvas must not only be stretched to compensate for temperature adjustments but also primed several times and sanded before the application of any oil paint. This allows the colour to remain vibrant and not dull over the years. Another consideration is the pigment in the paint. For example, black oil colours take far longer to dry than lighter oil colours such as cadmium yellow. What this means is that if you put a lighter colour on top of a darker colour before it has dried, you run the risk of the Artwork cracking in the future. This can be avoided by properly blending colours and using a chemical called an alkyd, which speeds up drying time and helps the paint pigments to bind to one-another. Finally, when a piece is finished, some artists do not varnish it, or they varnish it too soon when the canvas is ‘touch dry’ but not fully dry beneath the surface. This can cause a multitude of problems in the years to come for the owner of the piece. With my Art, each and every one of these considerations is taken into place so that the Artworks can survive fully intact. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile and if you have any questions please do let me know, Alexandria

Hello there,  My names Alexandria Attfield, I am a London based Oil Painter. I have been painting since my teenage years and have a particular fascination with nature, depth and the application of vivid colour to form abstract but life-like organic environments. To me nature spans beyond the planetary confines of Earth and so my work can sometimes take on elements of other planets. ******************************************************* I studied Art to A-Level earlier on in life, but decided instead of learning others techniques I wanted to develop my own, and therefore did not graduate in Art but instead in Psychology. ******************************************************* In my Art I create a sense of familiarity with which the viewer can find their own meaning. The power of suggestion. On a deeper level I use my work to invoke a deeper biological attraction to nature through environments that are organic-like structures that captivate the mind. ******************************************************* My relationship with the creative process can be a trying and complex affair. Firstly I do not paint piece after piece. A certain concoction of emotions, thoughts, ideas or concepts develop within me until I start to feel the need to create. When I approach the canvas- I may have 'some' idea of what feel I am going for, however, no full idea is formed as this inhibits flow. When I reach flow I am almost in autopilot, I am simply engaging with the colours, the medium, and the environment I am creating and so my consciousness is almost removed from the process. Pure energy takes over the process and it can be very cathartic. Eventually I come back into a more aware state and there is always a moment when I know the painting is finished and nothing more can be done to it for better or for worse. ******************************************************* I have spent many years honing my craft and take the upmost care in making sure that my original oil pieces are designed to last. What does this mean? Well, many oil painters are not aware of the level of discipline it can take to create a stable environment for your Art to exist in. For example, the Canvas must not only be stretched to compensate for temperature adjustments but also primed several times and sanded before the application of any oil paint. This allows the colour to remain vibrant and not dull over the years. Another consideration is the pigment in the paint. For example, black oil colours take far longer to dry than lighter oil colours such as cadmium yellow. What this means is that if you put a lighter colour on top of a darker colour before it has dried, you run the risk of the Artwork cracking in the future. This can be avoided by properly blending colours and using a chemical called an alkyd, which speeds up drying time and helps the paint pigments to bind to one-another. Finally, when a piece is finished, some artists do not varnish it, or they varnish it too soon when the canvas is 'touch dry' but not fully dry beneath the surface. This can cause a multitude of problems in the years to come for the owner of the piece. With my Art, each and every one of these considerations is taken into place so that the Artworks can survive fully intact. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile and if you have any questions please do let me know, Alexandria

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