Take Five with Emma de Polnay
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner

Recent Posts

Why I Haven't Blogged Recently
Take Five with Rosa Doyle
Thoroughly Good Podcast
Take Five with Kate Enters
Take Five with Jon Jacob

Most Popular Posts

Take Five with Trina Dalziel
Take Five with Nina Farrell
Take Five with Alexandra Harley
Creatives Blocks - They Happen to Us All
Take Five with Claire Meredith


Take Five
Well being


March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
November 2010
October 2010

powered by

My Blog

Take Five with Emma de Polnay

Emma de Polnay lives and works in Brighton as an artist, designer and MD of My Special PA.

Emma studied art at Wimbledon Art School, did a degree in fine art at Kingston University, and an MA in design for Film and Television.  She worked for over 10 years as a set designer and art director for the Film and TV industry before creating a business she truly loves whilst re-discovering her passion for drawing and painting.  She now runs the two strands of her career side by side.

Emma founded My Special PA creating a team of virtual assistants and business consultants offering a business service for creative professionals who need administrative assistance and business support without the full-time financial outlay.  Through her own experience as a working artist, she understands that success in creative business demands a synergy between the left brain (logic and detail) and the right brain (feelings and imagination). 

Emma’s collection of figurative artworks on paper have been created in a series of dynamic and intensive life drawing workshops guided by artist Bella Pieroni. In these energetic and unconventional sessions, the models (predominantly 2 at once) will move and dance to pieces of music and then hold mid-motion when asked to stop. Their positions are ‘found’ rather than ‘made’, thus retaining a vitality and dynamism that transfers to the mark making on the paper.

Emma combines naturally derived materials such as quills, reed pens, clay, chalk and ink with hot acrylic paint colours, glittery and iridescent mediums and found mixed media. She has also developed a series of mixed media abstract drawings and paintings using many of the drawing and mark making techniques she uses for her figurative pieces.

In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
As an artist - I’d be lying if I said it was all in creating my work. No, it’s seeing someone falling a love with a piece of my work and buying it. As a professional artist, there is no sweeter spot than this. The buyer has a piece of art they can enjoy everyday for the rest of their life and I have been paid for doing something I love. Happy Days. 

As MD of My Special PA - I get a massive kick from hearing from happy clients. From seeing them enabled to get on with their creative work, whilst their MSPA VA or creative business consultant is working on their admin or marketing or helping them get their creative work to market. That’s where they should be, in their creative space doing what they specialise in, whilst we are doing what we specialise in! 

Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
Grayson Perry - he’s about as genuinely individual as it gets. He looks so eccentric and yet he’s as straight talking and grounded, as he is wildly imaginative and innovative. I’ve just read his book 'Playing to the Gallery’ where he demythologises contemporary art with such warmth, candour and great wit. I think his artwork expresses his enormous tenderness for humanity, in all its wonky and wonderful forms. I also respect his hard work and unflinching vision. He certainly hasn’t always been a globally famous artist. 

What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
In my art career - I wish my teachers had insisted I learn everything there is to know about colour science and mixing, experiment and really understand it. I struggle with this sometimes even now and have to go back to basics if something isn’t working. I like working really fast, so I get frustrated with not having this knowledge bank at hand. 

In my business career - I wish someone had insisted I do a crash 'belt and braces' business course with a bit of legal/ compliance thrown in. I’m great at advising others, but at times making big decisions with associated contracts, still scare me. Again I’d like to feel more learned here.

If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
As an artist - I try to let go inside, soften my thoughts, go back to sketches and allow myself to make a mess to stop myself being too controlling or precious. I believe creative blocks come when we are too left brain (logic and detail) and putting too much pressure on ourselves for results. We tighten up and then nothing flows. Creative constipation. 

As a business owner - marketing and strategy require a lot of creative, if I get ‘blocked’ on what we want to be communicating about ourselves, I go back to the WWWH - What, Why, When, How? - And I’ve recently done a very useful Vision & Purpose exercise from The Happy Start Up School

Finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
A silver fit flop. Practical and comfortable, whilst aspiring to a wee bit of glamour too.

0 Comments to Take Five with Emma de Polnay:

Comments RSS

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment