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  • Writer's pictureHazel Manley

My first ever Roeh Art Blog

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

My first ever blog: the start of a new adventure

That sounds exciting and scary all at once! Where to start?



Why Roeh Art?

First, a tiny bit about the name. Roeh Art is the brush name I used for a long while to maintain my privacy because of my day job. Now, I'm a full time artist, I still put the symbols for Roeh somewhere on my work, although you might have to look hard to find it. You can pronounce it anyway you like, but I use RO-AY. There's a great story behind the name, which I'll save for another day.

My real name is Hazel and I am the principal artist on the Roeh Art site. I hope to introduce you to others as the journey progresses.


Getting started

I started painting and drawing as a child, but like many others, I was put off creating art by school art lessons. I returned to art via watercolours in the mid 1980s. Over the years, I've put together a great portable watercolour kit which I've used to paint on the street, on the beach and even in churches.

I saw oil pastels in art shops and really liked the look of them so I bought some, but when I got them home I realised I had no idea how to use them. They sat in a drawer barely used until an art teacher included a lesson on them in a series about soft pastels. I haven't looked back since.

Although I still use watercolours in situations where a quick sketch using portable kit is needed, today, I mostly work in oil pastels using the Sennelier brand which have a great story of their own. I love them because, although they are challenging, their rich colours and creamy textures are lovely to work with, and the finished results are beautiful.


Art speaks

Art speaks a language that surpasses the written or spoken word. It can connect a town dweller with nature giving an inner oasis of peace, or evoke a fleeting magical moment.

According to Professor Semir Zeki, a neurobiologist at UCL, viewing art gives the same pleasure as being in love. Whilst this may sound a bit farfetched, it has been proven that looking at a piece of art you enjoy, releases the same chemicals into the brain as being in love, leading the viewer to feel good.

My inspiration comes from the beauty of creation and my creator. It reflects both my love of the natural world and my faith, but don't worry, I'm not going to get preachy in my blog, the art can speak for itself.




Invitation

My invitation to you is to join me on my journey, enjoy my art and let it warm your heart, bring hope, cheer, encourage, comfort and challenge.

So welcome to the journey. Let me know what you would like to read about in my blog and stay in touch.

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