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06
Oct
12

I’m back!

Aha so you thought that this website was just a phase! I have fooled you all! I have merely been taking a long break…

To be honest I got a bit distracted last summer as I desperately looked for a job and then in September I made the crazy decision to study physics with the Open University. This took over my life for ten months until June this year, where I emerged from the qualification feeling tired, boring and overly-scientific. It has taken me a long time to recover from it…I still have little energy and have had no time for my projects of old. However I think that I am now finally waking up from this nightmare and am trying to be inspired by art again and awaken my creativity. I am also trying to draw on the comfort that I actually persevered with my physics to the bitter end, something I haven’t found easy with my little projects in the past.
I am going to try to post weekly on here, although I know this won’t always be possible as the job that I finally managed to get last year is quite demanding and I can often end up working late or at the weekends. However I’m hoping that by just trying to think creatively about my posts it will help to get me back into the swing of things again, even if I don’t always manage to get it on this website.

30
May
11

At the moment I like…abandoned buildings

Well, strictly speaking, that’s not true. I’ve actually liked abandoned buildings for quite a long time, but it’s very rare that I get to visit one. Being a skinny young girl I’m too scared to go into them on my own for fear of the inhabitants, so I normally have to feed my abandoned building craving by visiting urban explorer websites, my favourite being Another State of Mind Urban Exploration (ASOMUE). However a few weeks ago when visiting family I had the opportunity to look around an abandoned train station on the sea front. I’ve been there several times before but have always either been turned away by the guard or been unable to get through the fences. This time though, the guard was distracted and the whole station was opened up, so I had a little poke around and took some photos. Here are some of my collection which I also tried editing on paint.net. I’m not good at taking photos or editing, so it was just a bit of fun really 🙂

B & W station

B & W station

Colour station

Colour station

Abstract bridge

Abstract bridge

Oily

Oily

Cage

Cage

Bright station

Bright station

Whale weigh station?

Whale weigh station?

Scales

Scales

22
May
11

Old News

Tonght’s activity has been about turning this…

Bare newspapers

Bare newspapers

…into this…

Scrap book

Scrap book

These are the bazillions of newspapers that I have gradually acquired, each from an important event in my lifetime (except the souvenir booklet shown above from Fergie’s wedding to Prince Andrew, which I found at my nan’s). I had no idea I had so many until this evening, so I decided to put them in my scrap book. My scrap book is mainly filled with my photos and other important things like family trees and old tickets etc (I will post about it properly some other time), but in the back will be my newspaper collection. I felt kind of bad about cutting up these old newspapers to begin with, but I then decided that they take up far too much space in my bedroom and I don’t look at them in their current condition anyway.

I still have a long way to go, having only got through Prince Andrew’s wedding, the death of Princess Diana, September 11th, the death of the Queen Mother and the Golden Jubilee in about two hours. I also didn’t count on the emotional trauma of reading about lots of depressing things in a short space of time. I will hopefully get it done tomorrow though and then move on to something more interesting and less miserable.

12
May
11

Silly Stop Motion

A few years ago I made a little video for my friend’s 18th birthday. I came across it today as I browsed through some old pc folders and watched it for the first time in ages. Despite the fact that there is no end to the things that I would change about it and that it is packed to the rafters with private jokes, I quite enjoyed it and thought I should share. I don’t necessarily expect people to get it or like it, but I thought I should include it here in my special zone of artistic creations as it is something a little different.

P.s. having just watched it for the second time today I’d like to make two further points:

1. It’s kind of meant to be a bit crap.

2. I wonder if I actually meant the typo on ‘happlily’ as Lily Allen’s photo is on the corners of the page? Something to mull over.

08
May
11

The Selfish Gene

I have just read Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene and it reminded me quite a lot of this song.

Ignore the weird video.

11
Apr
11

An Acrylic Experiment

On Friday I went ahead and began my acrylic landscape. I was inspired by an amazing acrylic that I saw in a school I had worked in a few weeks ago. It was so good that I had assumed it was a photograph until someone mentioned it was painted by a a student! I decided that this kind of painting looked easy peasy; all I needed to do was to include every single little detail that I could see into my painting. There was no need for creativity or imagination, it was merely copying the view before my eyes.

Actually, it was bloody hard and I don’t like my painting.

A few months ago I fooled myself into thinking that I was alright with acrylics when I randomly painted this planty thing as I tested my paints.

Plant Painting

Plant Painting

Instead I found that I had real trouble mixing the colours with precision and also suffered from my fidget-arse syndrome. I just couldn’t find the will to include EVERY detail. I think part of the problem is that I lack technical ability and therefore become discouraged. I have an instructional painting book but I don’t like it. It just told me how to recreate the pictures in the book with a step-by-step guide (e.g. paint the front boat with a bit of red. Now paint the blue boat. Now paint the seagull etc etc). I need a good art book that teaches techniques and rules that I don’t know about.

Anyway, here is my picture.

 

Landscape
Landscape

 

I’m not trying to make excuses but it hasn’t scanned in very well…!

I was really pleased with the jetty and its reflections, but I don’t like the colour of the sand and some of the shrubs.

I have decided from this exercise that I like acrylics for close-up objects and watercolours for landscapes as it is easier to create an impression of views which I think is more my bag.

07
Apr
11

To do

I have decided to include a ‘to do’ list here as a way of pressuring myself to begin/complete a few projects that I am interested in. This is to try and combat my project-leap-frogging issue that so plagues me.

1. Finish my William Morris tapestry cushion.

2. Finish my bird canvas painting.

3. Produce a castle drawing (maybe Noir Comic style?).

4. Harbour scene in acrylics.

5. Portrait in acrylics inspired by early Picasso.

6. Research family tree.

I think I might make a crack at the harbour painting tomorrow! Exciting.com.