Hello all, thank you for showing interest in discovering more about my Orca Print. Welcome to the first of a little Behind the Print blog series that I am excited to share with you! Discover the emotional journey behind each of the current collections and a bit about the painting itself. I thought we’d kick off with what seems to be a collective favourite – the Orca Print.
Finding inspiration for the Orca Print
When I was doing art A-Level trying to find inspiration was such a drain, it felt so forced, like there was no allowance for epiphanies. Whereas, in the real world, inspiration is always leaping out at you. I’m not sure whether these are just moments of pure curiosity or admiration. However, for me, it is the combination of these that makes the natural world an infinite source of inspiration.
The inspiration for the Orca print leaped straight out of a book. Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins is a non-fiction book written by Susan Casey, an award-winning journalist with a deep admiration for the mysterious ocean.
Voices in the Ocean
Side note: The Cove
The book hit me hard, so I had to follow up and watched a documentary called The Cove – just watching the trailer now has me in bits.If you have the time, give it a watch.
How I choose books: finding voices in the ocean
- I only buy second-hand books: there are way too many unwanted books already sitting on people’s bookshelves getting dusty, so there’s no need to waste resources on printing new ones. Therefore, I generally only buy books from charity shops – which is a win, win really! I don’t pay a lot, but the money I do pay goes to a good cause and no new books are printed. However, since the lock-down, the charity shops have been shut so I found a company called World of Books, who buy secondhand books from charity shops and either sell them online, donate or recycle them.
- The books are rated 4* or above on Goodreads: just to make sure the book is worth reading! This way, I don’t have to worry about the genre or author but know it’s still going to be a good book.
[Can anyone else not get over how big whales are? Like, mind blown.]
A Killer Whale Painting
In these moments, it is hard not to be inspired. Painting a Killer Whale is hard, from an art perspective painting anything that’s jet black is difficult, especially in watercolour! The lack of light means paintings risk looking two-dimensional.
I apologise if you didn’t expect this blog to be so intense, but art is married with passion and education. I hope you’ll be inspired to either read the book, paint your own Orca or even just buy a bottle!
‘Til next time!