Monday, 28 February 2011
I love the idea of layers and what they can represent. Layers laid down over time, layers of complexity, within ourselves, our life, our feelings.. or the layers we use to hide them.... hmmm...... layers, yes, this may be a new direction for me. let's wait and see....
Friday, 25 February 2011
Thursday, 24 February 2011
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
This was my messy workspace as of last week when I was beavering away to my hearts content, lost in new ideas and the possibilities of producing some new work just for me, right from the heart. I'm thinking of my art from a completely different perspective, not just thinking about drawing something that is pretty and people will want to spend their money on, but thinking about confronting things that are a lot more personal and mean more to me, and getting them out of my system, off my chest, if you like...
So tomorrow, I have my list of jobs prepared, i have a few errands to run, such as dropping off work at a gallery and paying cheques into the bank, then I hope to get busy in the studio again
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Monday, 21 February 2011
Sunday, 20 February 2011
Have been away to a wedding this weekend, and it's been a while since I have been to a wedding. We had a great time, meeting new people and catching up with old ones, as well as drinking far too much wine, dancing to college faves such as Stone Roses, Smiths, Happy Mondays and the La's, and being the last ones on the dance floor!! Great weekend, just think it needs to be rounded off with an afternoon in front of the fire and a little snooze-ette, followed by a Sunday lunch with big yorkshire puddings and lots of gravy!!
Friday, 18 February 2011
The pretty birds and delicate detailed ink illustrations have gone for a while... not forever, I must say, as they certainly have a purpose and a place within my work but for the next month I'm concentrating on something different, delving deeper into the things that I feel I need to do, things that make me 'me', things that make me happy, sad, thankful, things that make me think about who I am and who I have been. This is completely different to anything I have done before, and so far it's proving to be a bit of a revelation.... I'm enjoying the process and playing with ideas, and definitly not thinking about a commercial sell-able end-product. It's more about addressing certain things that definitely have played a part in my life since I took art up again after several years of not practicing at all and expressing things I have wanted to express, or ideas that have been in my head for a while. I don't know how it will all end up, and whether I will go straight back to my illustrations or my textile landscapes after this month of exploration, but I do know I'm enjoying what I'm doing, and enjoying making 'my' art because I want to.
Thursday, 17 February 2011
Sunday, 13 February 2011
Friday, 11 February 2011
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
Monday, 7 February 2011
Sunday, 6 February 2011
Friday, 4 February 2011
I'm on a slow journey back from the land of no inspiration, which is why in the last week I have had nothing to blog about or anything of any great consequence to show you!! My mind has been like one big blank piece of paper...... and it has been bugging me a little!!
I know myself well enough now to know that I go through these phases at the beginning of any new project or just as I've finished one piece of work, but saying that, it still annoys me, as the impatient person inside me just wants to get on and get started with the next thing NOW!! I know that the ideas will come and I'll have a bit spurt of creativity sometime in the near future but I'm just not sure when... it would be nice if I could schedule it in for tomorrow morning and have two long leisurely days languishing in my studio making the most of it!
So, in the mean time, I'm going to look through some books, some old sketchbooks, take my camera with my everywhere I go, and a sketchbook and pencil and try to jot something down every day until inspiration hits me... these photos above are from a drive out in the car earlier today, a walk in this wind would have been far too stressful (does anyone else get unexplainably stressed out by the wind??) the light was lovely, colours very wintry and the hills and fields were begging to be photographed! I hope this is the first step away from my creative-less-ness!!