Thursday 17:40 - An empty train journey home for the weekend. After an intense week at uni, A weekend break with family felt deserved. Sometimes we seem to be constantly stretching ourselves, constantly pushing with work and nothing seems to come out of it. What I learned is that if you constantly try hard to get as much done, you lose the love for what you are doing, and your work suffers for it. I thought to my self why is my best work things I've done for me, or family and not for my degree? I guess the difference is I feel that in my degree I'm trying hard to please others and sometimes forget the reason why I'm even doing it, becoming a chore rather than something I love. And how can art be such a chore when all I get to do is everything I love. Draw, paint, print , and play? i guess, it's difficult to be so self motivated, one needs to be told to do something sometimes for it to happen, if you set goals for what you want to achieve in a day, you are much more likely to achieve them, appose to taking each day by day and seeing what comes out of it. That said, spontaneity is always welcome, and change is good.
Sunday:- Talking of Spontaneity, On my way back to Aber, myself and my parents decided to go to Aberaeron for a few hours, It was nice to go somewhere different than usual, even though it's not far away there's different things to see, a clean canvas. It gave me lots of inspiration for my work, seeing new ideas for composition, colours, people, weather, sound. Even though i wasn't there long, it felt like a holiday, a break. walking in the freezing cold wind of the seafront, grabbing some chips,adoring the views, I realised that art is everywhere, but it takes an artist to bring it out and remind us, as for the majority of the time we take our surroundings for granted, and forget what a lovely world we live in. Every individual can look at the world in different ways, and we can all learn from others visions. i was told that, if you cant find something that interests you to paint from around you, especially in such a place where i live, then how do you expect to make it as an artist, An artist is constantly inspired by their surroundings, an artist paints their reality, an artist strives for perfection, but does not expect to achieve it.- This is what keeps artists creating work and living, having something to live for.
Monday 9:00- Back in the Printing space , all day I spent working on different pieces that I had abandoned trying to get something out of them. Knowing that etching isn't like drawing, I can change a plate completely to get more out of the print, and although I'm not completely happy with them yet I can see improvement in my work and am starting to understand more about the process. This attempt pictured above was my first attempt primarily at etching, a simple bird line drawing, one of my favourite Birds- The Araripe Manakin, a critically endangered Brazilian bird. At first i was not happy with how the print came out, and once i added an aquatint, the image is completely different, i etched the plate at three different levels giving a gradation of tone, and then scraped back to give a few highlights.
As well as etching, I got round to print my lithography stone, i was pleased with the results, a lot darker than the drawing on the stone but i guess that's something ill get used to the more i do it. I have started some Chinne-Collé ready to printed soon, I thought I should get the most out of each stone before I go to the next. Adding some colour to the print in a vibrant pop art style kinda way! Just playing around with tissue paper, was so much fun but very fiddly... The results may be interesting but we'll see! Until then though, what am I going to draw out next? I've started to come into uni each day even if i'm not there more than a few hours i always get something out of it, and it has suddenly dawned on me what great facilities i have access to,Especially in printmaking, i most probably won't ever have this opportunity again, with only a few more weeks of second year left, and an undecided module choice for next year, i have to make the most of everything.