If you’ve been around these parts before, you’ll instantly recognise the vibrant artworks of Anna Blatman. Anna’s art is some of our most popular, so we’re excited to announce that she has created a new and exclusive collection, just for us (and you!). To mark the occasion, we thought it was high time for a proper introduction to this talented, warm artist. Meet Anna Blatman below and shop her exclusive new T&W collection now!
Tell us about your creative journey, how did you start painting?
I started painting about 28 years ago after seeing the art my mum and some of her friends were creating. My painting style emerged from being true to myself and because I wasn’t trying to be anyone else – I don’t think I could paint any other way.
When I was starting out, a friend told me a new market was opening in Southbank in Melbourne and asked if I would like to share a stall. Not many people were creating work like mine at the time, so I developed a small range to sell. I was so inundated with requests I had my own stall within a month. After 10 years at the markets and entering art shows, I bought a gallery, where I still work today.
Tell us about your creative process.
I work in three hour blocks and once that time is up I always down tools and move on to other tasks so that I can come back to what I’m working on fresh the next day.
When I start a piece I first paint the basic outline – so for a pot of flowers I would start by creating a basic pot shape with my spatula and then move on to adding dashes of colour to create the background before I start painting the flowers. There’s lots of layers in my pieces and I tend to build each work until I’m happy with it. I’m very persistent so I will keep working on a piece until I get it just right.
How did you go about creating the exclusive collection for T&W?
Each day my goal is to create paintings that are just that little bit better than the ones I did the day before, so when I was putting together the collection for Temple & Webster it was all about staying true to my style but also creating beautiful pieces. I’m lucky to have such a happy job where I’m always hearing lovely stories of how my work fits into people’s lives, so working on projects like the T&W collection, it’s those stories that inspire me.
Where do you do your best work? Tell us about your studio or painting space.
My gallery is a long skinny shop in a beautiful old building with a room out the back where I paint. My front door is always open so I’ll pop into the gallery to help customers when they come in, it’s a lovely space to be in. My studio is only small so I’m surrounded by works in progress but I think I work well that way. I’m usually working on about 5 pieces at once – because each work is so layered, I’m painting the next piece while others are drying.
What’s your best advice for choosing the right artwork?
An artwork has to be balanced in the room. A lot of people have the mentality of ‘I have a red couch so I need a red painting’, but don’t be tempted to match everything. Choose interesting pieces that create a balanced room when brought together. Make sure you hang your artwork at the right height. If it’s too high or too low it won’t look right and won’t have the same impact than if it’s hung at just the right height for the space.
Finally, you have to love the artwork you choose. I always say that when the right piece comes along, you’ll feel it and you’ll know.