Update

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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.
Vicki xo

Aspirations

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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).
Vicki xo

100 Days of Me – Days 68-71

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:

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Day 69 is a watercolour owl, painted onto card that has lace photocopied onto it; I love the depth of detail the lace gives:

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I’ve had these used (but emptied) teabags and just used fineliner to draw straight onto them:

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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:

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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?
Vicki xo

This Week in Class

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:ThinkingTwisted 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:Twisted FirestarterWerewolf: 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:Werewolf Riding HoodThis 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?

Vicki xo

Portraiture – Final Piece

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:Finished Self Portrait

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.

Vicki xo

100 Days of Me – Days 62-67

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:Day 62

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):Day 63I 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:Day 64For 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:Day 65I 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:Day 66On 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:Day 67So 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!!!

Vicki xo

Textiles Sketchbook (Part 1)

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:

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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:

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That’s me for now, I will do a big 100 days catch-up on Thursday.
Vicki xo