This week i met with a current undergraduate student who had a few questions about my art. I thought i would post my answers on my blog for anyone interested in finding out some more info on my Art journey
Painiting in my Grandad's studio aged 9.
.How did you first get in to art?
I have been surrounded by art from a young age. My Grandfather is a working professional welsh landscape artist and has been a huge inspiration of mine. He has spent a lot of his art career teaching art classes, and I can remember tagging along to some when I was little. We have often gone out sketching the North Wales landscape together, and these young memories continue to feed into my work. During my teen years, I was living in Spain, surrounded by a wide variation of landscape, from the calmness of the sea to the great heights of the Alpujarran Mountains. My Spanish Art teacher was very encouraging, and pushed me to enjoy creating art, which then continued by my teachers back in the UK during my GCSE’s and A-levels.
This week has turned in to two weeks and still working on this series. The more I paint I lose more of the glow, but it is all practice and I would much prefer to have a painting which I have hopefully resolved. I am happy with three of these paintings for the time being and the fourth actually doesn’t exist anymore, I scraped the paint back completely and am working on changing the composition. However at this point I am putting these paintings to bed as I feel I have learned all I can from them for the moment.
Thinking back along the lines of my assesment and trying to push my paintings further in to abstraction. I’m still not bold enough to go completely abstract, but where abstraction and representation meet continues to inspire my paintings.
The paintings I work on now will potentially be my first MA exhibittion pieces, but I’m trying not to think of that too much and to power on!
I don’t really find artist block exists all you have to do is keep painting and it doesn’t matter if you go months or every years just making a mess as during the process you will progress and find a new path.
Thankfully this week we have been blessed with lots and lots of snow.
I always am inspired from my everyday life, and this week was a drive through the mid wales mountains bringing my kitten home from Spain. ( Long Story short) .
Anyway I find that snow is quite helpful in abstracting the landscape.
These paintings have begun and I’m enjoying the layer so far, now comes the tricky part - finishing paintings which is my least favourite of all the stages of painting! .