Monday: With Holiday around the corner, i felt that i was in holiday mode and everything i was doing wasn't my best. I did a few more prints on some old plates but nothing seemed to be going my way.
Tuesday: Walking through Aberystwyth taking some sketches and paint sketches, trying to work out some compositions for another final piece, and another etching for tomorrow, Unfortunately, nothing seemed to be going my way, so i decided to stop and do something else, and went to the national library to continue with some artist research and artist statement.
Wednesday: Prepared two plates A5 copper plates with ground to take with me on holiday, and draw out. After being stuck for ideas i decided to hope for new inspiration in France and Spain.
Tutorial with June, with not much new work to show, she helped me resolve some of the problems i had with other pieces and talked about holiday, and tomorrows workshop painting outside, something i was excited about, as usually i have to paint by myself but tomorrow there would be other artists embracing the same struggles.
Thursday: Holiday mode continuing, tomorrow long car journey to Spain. Excitement. With the workshop i decided to enjoy it as much as possible, before going back to pack.
My main attention was the clouds, Was a lovely day to paint as the colours were beautiful, and was a great exercise, working outside always helps to get the sens of atmosphere- a very enjoyable two hours. Was nice to see everyone else's work and focuses, as we all have our own topics which we are painting; abstract, portraiture, interior, landscape.
Now time for a stressful two hours before train, time to pack, sort out my room and make it to the train on time. All done and arrived home to be greeted to a lovely roast pork dinner, Thanks Dad.
Friday: Setting off at three, had a few things to do before, post i had to sort, phone calls to be made, Sort out phone to work abroad, pack car. Luckily a very successful morning, and everything seemed to go my way.
Saturday: Somewhere in northern France, 8.15, after a kip in the car a fresh croissant for breakfast back on the road, to Zaragoza, Our next stop. 12 hrs. I know its crazy, but the journey for me is part of the holiday, looking at the amazing views, seeing the whole country, is a lot more fun than just getting on a flight somewhere, plus i got lots of inspiration for art, lovey views, mountains, scenery. It is nice to be somewhere new.
A room with a view, indoor train station, fascinating. Lovely hotel. Nice to be in Spanish Land. As Lovely as France is, i find it very rude to be there, not knowing any french, So i am always glad to be in Spain, my second home.
Sunday: Having done the bulk of the driving, there wasn't so many hours drive to where wed be staying, only 8 more or so! After a lovely Spanish breakfast, the journey now commenced.
Sunday: Arrival, after a quick check in, dipped toes in the pool.. brrr. dumped bags, Time to go and have a nice meal and get some food in search of a shop, when everything is closed on Sundays.
Holiday now began.