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A degree in Fine Art

I finally enrolled on a Fine Art degree course and officially started two days ago. I already emailed my tutor and gave a brief introduction of myself and the desired outcomes I hope to expect from the programme -it’s all very exciting! I’ve been told I need to keep some kind of blog/journal to keep track of my progress – a sort of ‘learning log’ -but after much thought I’ve decided to stick with this one and just add extra menus and what not. Now I haven’t got an excuse to avoid posting. I think this blog is going to take a good turn, and there’s a chance to gain extra marks from the posts, so I guess it had better do. Of course, I will thrive on the structure of it all. Structure is always good and structure is usually secure. I noticed on Facebook yesterday that it has been exactly one year since I posted a status about wanting to start my degree in 2016, and now it’s happening.

In all the excitement, I forgot to post about the art exhibiton -It was totally ace! A really great night and quite an experience for me. I didn’t interact much with the other artists, perhaps one or two, but everybody seemed lovely. It was nice to see friends and family showing support, including some faces I hadn’t seen in a while.

Below is a photo of the work I had on display

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‘Caustic Foliate’ 2016

 

I’m going to stick with the early morning wake-up calls and continue to be as productive as possible. I put a small sketchbook in my bag this morning. Going to attempt a sketch-a-day, even if it means a sketch on the bus to work or during my lunch hour.

 

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Art Proposal

At the beginning of June I applied for a place at a Manchester art exhibition that will be happening this coming September, and it’s ace to say that somebody has said yes to my very first art proposal. I’ll only be having a single piece of art on display, but it’s all very exciting to me and I’m feeling very positive about the whole thing. Life seems to be on the up. My new job begins on 20th June, so that gives me approximately a week of free time between the termination of my current job and the next. It will be lovely to plan what I need to get done in terms of the exhibition and I’ll also be able to make some social plans around my new schedule. The new job will be regular working hours, Monday to Friday, which means after almost ten years I’ll finally be able to have some kind of structure in my life and I like that idea very much. Not only will this mean I’ll be able get some much needed sleep, but it also means I’ll be able to put aside set working hours for my art stuff, which is something I’ve never been able to do since getting a full-time job. Recently I’ve been working on the drawings below. They are loosley based on the proposal and will eventually play a significant part of my future applications. I’m still focusing on the theme of ‘Don’t Remain Static‘, which I shall shed more light on during the progress of this blog. Meanwhile, I’m going to continue my drawings and hope to post more updates of my work very soon.

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MARCH/APRIL REVIEW

March was a productive month for doodles. I got into the habit of carrying my sketchbook everywhere and it resulted in lots of page-filling. The extra day I gained after dropping my work hours has proven to have a positive outcome as well, so that was a good move. As much as I love taking the bus to work, it’s nice to have less travel time and more hours to do creative stuff.

The idea for the diary didn’t workout, though. Whenever I seemed to search for a day to look back on there was a missing entry. Turns out, that in almost every journal, March has always been the month with the least entries. It was really odd. The only conclusion I came to was that the month of March might be a bit of ‘come down’ month. January is most likely going to be filled with “hope” for the year, Februrary might still be quite exciting and you may have even added some new goals to the year, but by March a few things may have not gone to plan already and you might have started to give up on ideas or letting those New Years Resolutions slip. On the other hand, it could also mean that your life has been so exciting that you’ve simply not had the time to follow through a page-a-day of writing. Unfortunately, it’s probably more the former rather the latter.

These patterns below happened by accident. They originally began as biro-doodles, and whilst it’s how they appear to remain, it took a while to line the shaded areas and they are no longer just silly drawings to me. In fact, I actually like them very much. I was getting lazy with my sketch booklast year, so to see a completed page makes me feel quite prolific. That’s good. I think I like fig. 1 best. It reminds me of something sciencey; like little molecules of blood flowing through my veins or something like that. I might attempt more of these patterns in colour.

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Fig. 2

 

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Fig. 2

 

April is almost at an end and things seem to be panning out okay. I’ve got a few work-related plans that should change my life for the better if it all works out and I’ve got some good ideas for producing some work of exhibition standard. I need to think about getting an art CV together which is going to prove difficult seeing as I’ve not gained any academic qualifications in that field, nor have I ever had anything exhibited. I think if I put my mind to it then something positive will come out of all this nonsense.

Anyway, I’ve since created a new art page, which is bascially a mini side project for fun. It’s a space to share my limericks and loony characters… it’s a bit silly really. You can check that page out HERE.  I’m not even sure what makes a limerick great, and mine are quite childish to be honest, but I like creating the troupe, some of which are loosely based on people I know or have met at some point in my life.

Now I’m super-excited about May and I’ll be posting more artwork soon…

 

 

Yes, I Still Heart Art

Righty-ho! Just had a massive glance at this blog -What on earth is going on? So much junk. So much absolute crap. In fact, the cringe-factor is so strong I am literally holding on to my face for dear life. I lost the ability to write somewhere along the line. Unfortunately, I’m far too sentimental to delete posts so apologies all round.

Uhm. I might actually write about my art today, which was the original purpose of this blog in the first place. For a while now I’ve been dabbling in lots of crafty stuff but not really getting anywhere. I suppose I never really focused on anything specific and just hoped something great might happen. And well, it’s not really. Not in the art form anyway. And this is okay because for once, rather than feeling stressed and pressured about needing to make sure the art is done, I’ve felt free to experiment at my own pace without the deadlines, and that gives me a wonderful feeling. I’ve made the decision to create a new blog that will consist solely of my art. This should be ready next week, as I’m still in the process of organising my work. It really is all over the place. I’m a bit of a douche like that.

Meanwhile, I’ve been completing a few art pieces for friends. I still have a watercolour pencil feline to finish, along with an anonymous portrait in acrylic and two portraits of Ralph Steadman in ink. They’re all going pretty well. I’ll be sure to post the completed work on my new blog when it’s ready.

Au revoir for now.