Collette Howie

Artist & Printmaker

About

My Art world.

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Being creative is not so much the desire to do something as the listening to that which wants to be done: the dictation of the materials.

Anni Albers “Weaving in a College”

For the last 14 years, I have been involved in the creative world in some way. Initially, I taught myself how to make patchwork and quilts after the birth of my second child. I worked with several patchwork and quilting magazines writing patterns and making quilts for them. I taught a beginner’s quilting class for several years too. One day I began sketching some moths and drawing intricate patterns in order to relax. My return to an art practice grew from there. At school, I had always loved art and even got my higher art. I had dreams of going to art school too. That wasn’t meant to be, however.

I am a mostly self-taught artist. Through perseverance, hours upon hours of practice, and a great deal of patience, I used this wonderful internet world to study the skills I needed to pursue the type of art I want to create. I am still very much a work in progress like my artwork.

I sell prints and artwork through my online shop here but I also have an Etsy shop with a wider selection of work.

Today my art practice is varied. Currently, my main mediums are coloured pencils, lino print and I am experimenting with Drypoint Intaglio. For my coloured pencil artworks, I use Faber Castell Polychromos pencils to achieve a realistic, lightfast, professional result. I use this material for pet portraits.

My printmaking skills are self-taught. I love how I can draw a scene and then bring it to life through printmaking. The process of hand carving each lino plate is meditative and intricate. There are many creative decisions to be made along the way. For example, which colours of ink to use, which paper suits the print best, the composition of the final piece. There are test prints to be done, improvements to be made and the process is back and forth until the final piece is complete and an edition is printed. Most of my print work involves where I am from. Living in Scotland presents a wealth of inspiration every day. From the wildlife, to the islands and mainland, to the rich history and the role of women in helping shape that history. Several of my pieces explore the crofter woman of times gone by. Their creative spirit is shown in these prints.

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