It feels like I haven’t blogged in a long time, when in reality it’s been a week. It’s been a long and very tiring week.
I made the decision to withdraw from college. I was recently diagnosed with a second personality disorder and; to be honest; it has taken it’s toll on me. Doing my higher art and passing was such an amazing achievement; having my tutor want to keep my polynesian stick map for her home is an amazing achievement – those are the things I want to hold onto. Okay so college this time around didn’t work, I have some severe mental health issues and sometimes I have to focus a little more on those.
Does that mean I won’t be doing art? No. It just means I won’t have deadlines, I will work when I choose and I have time to knit again. It means that my life has changed again and I have to try and roll with it.
Mental illness is hard; I’m not going to sugarcoat it. This past few weeks have been some of the most difficult in my life. They have meant having to make difficult choices; they have meant having to respect my mental health. I’ve shared my mental health problems here before; and as you know I am a huge supporter of the MIND charity. These huge life changes are going to give me time to explore my mental health through my art. I hope that you will continue on my journey.
I’m taking a little bit of time out this week; I will be back to regular blog updates next week. In the meantime I really wanted to share the quote above by Saul Bass.
This is what I aspire to, it’s who I want to be. Every person has a different view on what art is; for me it’s that thing that makes me happy, sad, thoughtful, grateful and wondrous all at the same time. It’s about creating something that I’m happy with, about making a mess, making mistakes and having fun. I want to be an artist and I want to make beautiful things (even if nobody cares).
Another 4 days done and I’m almost caught up. Today my 100 days sketchbook fell apart – it took me an hour to fix it and it made me wonder can I squeeze another 29 days into this sketchbook? I’m going to do it – I want a sketchbook that is loved and used. So here are days 68-71!
For day 68 I painted onto a book page in acrylics using just a pallette knife to apply the paint:
Day 69 is a watercolour owl, painted onto card that has lace photocopied onto it; I love the depth of detail the lace gives:
I’ve had these used (but emptied) teabags and just used fineliner to draw straight onto them:
And day 71. I used some printed paper to create my blue dragon and little photos of our boys sitting on him. I created The Blue Dragon stories for the boys when they were little, I’ve wanted to illustrate the story for a while:
That’s me for today, I will be back in the week to share more of my 100 days and pages from my textiles sketchbook.
What a terrible have you been working on this weekend?
On Tuesday of this week we worked on something a little different at college – obviously we have some big projects we’re working on so it was nice to work on something completely different from that.
Each member of the class chose a different media, set it up at their table (so each table was a station) and we worked around the room. For each station there was a different word (or group of words); and it was a lot of fun working with only the set media at that station.
We had 20 minutes to work at each station; so we came out with quite a few pieces of art. I didn’t bring all of mine home because I only wanted to photograph these 3 as they were my favourite!!!
Thinking: For this piece I had oil pastels and so I decided to do a very pretty illustrated girl with a thought bubble; it’s quite a dark piece but it shows that you can never tell what’s underneath, and what’s actually going on in a person’s head:Twisted Firestarter: I had pen and ink for this one, so I did a really abstract fire coming from a zippo lighter – I actually love how this piece came together just by letting the ink move around the paper:Werewolf: I think werewolf was probably the most interesting word for me; I enjoyed making my werewolf into half and half – half person, half wolf. Then I went for a Little Red Riding Hood theme for the person – I really want to work more into this piece, I think it could be really special:This weekend for us is about family time on the Wii – we’re having a challenge; doing some tidying and (for me) getting some study time in!!
What are you doing this weekend?
It’s finished; my final self-portrait for my portraiture project!!!! I went for something very illustrative, drawn in pencil and then the blue flowers were added using pastel pencils. I had fun drawing this; it looks really effective and it’s lovely to have something finished. I worked up in layers from very pale pencil and brought in darker pencils as the details started coming together. Anyway here it is:
I’ll be back tomorrow to share some fun pieces of art from Tuesday at college; they are some of my favourites from this year.
Days 62-67; and I’m actually behind by just a few days!!! It’s been a busy week at college with deadlines looming but I’ve managed to complete my Graphic Design module and my Portraiture will be done for hand-in next week. Anyway for now 6 pages to share with you……
Day 62 is an outline of a face/head with the lyrics of Monster (Eminem ft Rihanna) overlayered through it; I did this piece in fineliner and glimmer mist spray. I am really pleased with how this turned out; it’s definitely one of my deeper pieces but I think it’s good to show a wide range of emotion in a sketchbook challenge such as this one:
For Day 63 I did a Halloween inspired piece, using glimmer mist spray, a small piece of a photo of Robbie, some circles cut out of a print I had made previously and dymo tape (which emulates the pumpkin stalk):I was kind of inspired by a conversation at college to create this Moomin Pappa piece for Day 64; it’s a charcoal reduction and I’m really happy with it – I’ve been a Moomin fan since I was a little girl so it was nice to do a piece about my childhood:For Day 65 I’ve done something really simple but I think it’s really effective – I haven’t decided if it’s finished, or whether I should work into it some more. I have drawn into a piece of marbling with some fineliner:I got this idea for Day 66 from a lovely lady at college (Lee if you’re reading this – HI!!); so I painted a face onto some crushed brown paper with ink and a teeny brush:On Day 66 I made risotto for the first time; I’ve never done an illustrated recipe card but I decided to go for it – this risotto was so good; like yummy so why not make it (the recipe) into art:So there you have it; that’s over 2/3′s done – yay!! It’s been such a great project, fun but complex too. Right that’s me for now; I have to go eat!!! Thanks (as always) for stopping by!!!
We’ve recently started working on textiles at college. I’m really enjoying this module so far – we only do an hour a week in college but it’s for the whole school year. I’ve done this work at home today.
The main theme of this project is from birth to present day – so I phoned my Mum and asked some friends about me; and so here is my mind map:
I’ve also worked on my first textile page. We did some marbling and working with tyrek at college. I know that I’m making a teddy bear for my final project so at the moment I’m looking at how different textiles will fit in:
That’s me for now, I will do a big 100 days catch-up on Thursday.