Take Five with Edmund Palao
 -
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner


Recent Posts

Take Five with Caroline Dale
Take Five with Caroline Banks
Take Five with Mark Powers
Have a Good Scream!
Change Your Mind, Not the Past

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

Categories

Advent Calendar
Attitude
Coaching
Creativity
Ebook
Events
Motivation
Productivity
Seasonal
Take Five
Tango
Tools
Well being

Archives

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
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010

powered by

My Blog

Take Five with Edmund Palao



Edmund Palao studied art at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art & Design and the University of Westminster. His work embodies a fascination for hidden and unassuming locations such as night time street views, backlands, dual carriageways and so on.  Although he does use photographic images, a lot of his work is done en plein air. He says, "London has so many viewpoints and locations that I can discover and it is not difficult to find the familiar and the unfamiliar juxtaposed together e.g. The Shard or Canary Wharf skyscrapers - visible from long distances across the capital - seen 'propped up' by unassuming residential streets, shops and car service stations." He uses acrylic paints because they have a modern quality that helps him to capture the brittle and bright qualities of the urban spaces that he seeks out.

In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
For me it is the personal freedom and permission to do what I love best. When I paint outdoors I really enjoy it when I get passers commenting on my art work… that is one advantage of plein air painting… I get to make a personal appearance!

Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
It was at art school that I developed my practice of painting from life. I grew up in a leafy Victorian area of North London so I suppose it was natural for me to look to the French Impressionists for inspiration, painters such as Alfred Sisley and Claude Monet. Ironically my favourite one was Edgar Degas… he worked predominantly in the studio, but I love how he coupled disciplined drawing with innovative approaches to everyday subject matter. I like 20th Century American painters such as Richard Diebenkorn, Edward Hopper and Wayne Thiebaud, with their expressive use of paint, colour and light to depict urban life. A contemporary painter I admire is Danny Markey, for his confident and simple approach in capturing mundane suburban landscapes.

What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
A few years ago an art director said to me that "it doesn’t matter how good you are, there are at least ten other artists who are better than you.”At the time it sounded like a rather disparaging comment but it did help me to overcome fear and be more open to ideas and inspiration from other artists… and to be motivated in improving my own practice. I joined a professional art network which allowed me to keep regular contact with the contemporary art scene, build up professional and peer relationships and help me to gain confidence as a professional practising artist.

If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
I take photographs for reference wherever I go so if I am stuck on an idea for a new project then I can browse through my collection of images to get ideas.I believe that creating art is a bit like a game of chess… there is often more contemplation than physical action involved. I am always looking at my paintings and placing them in different parts of the house to view them with fresh eyes!

And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
A horseshoe!It is considered a symbol of good luck… I consider myself lucky to have an ability to create pictures and the opportunity to pursue an art career. A horseshoe is also a practical object, it is designed to go places, subject to work and effort.

0 Comments to Take Five with Edmund Palao:

Comments RSS

Add a Comment

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