Saturday: I had an interview for some part time work, if i'm going to do my masters i will need to fund it somehow! I was supposed to be leaving today, But the extra day came in handy, tidy of the house before the off, packing my bag and time to go for a lovely walk with my boyfriend before going home for a week. I need the time of Easter to do my work, But home is calling.
Wednesday: News that after posting my painting 2 weeks ago, It had finally arrived safe and sound in España. Good News day!
Tuesday: Back in Aberystwyth, Feeling very dizzy, lots of traveling and not a lot of sleep, I need to do work but not today. Today i will sleep. This last week has been fun but very busy, Been to Manchester, midlands, London, Cardiff, Beacon Beacons, and its safe to say I'm out of routine. But worth it to get to see everyone.
Thursday: Back to doing some painting, as i haven't painted in over a week i decided to just do a few studies and sketches to get back into it before attempting any larger works. It's a lot easier to et out of routine than to get back into it.
Tuesday: In he studio all day, We had thought that there was a possibility that over the Easter break students would be allowed to come into the studio and do work, however due to health and safety apparently that was not a possibility. This week would be stressful, consisting of trying to finish paintings started, keep them safe and get new boards ready for paintings, take them home to paint on over Easter, and luckily as i'm painting in acrylic this is a possibility. I wouldn't like to have to paint in oil in my small flat. With the final year coming to an end, i'm not getting o stressed which i thought i would be. But i'm too busy sorting everything to think about stress.
I also had to take back some larger canvases from last semester, other boards and bits and bobs which I've sold and need to finally sort out getting them to their new homes.
This painting hat i have been working on i would almost say is finished. Its hard finding the balance for me, as if i'm not careful i get too much detail which is not the work i'm trying to produce. I want the life of the painting to remain, the freshness, i really do not want to kill them. Consistency is my main priority, as i want the works to look like they are meant to be together.
Wednesday- Lunch break.
I think that people forget that to be happy we need our minds to be happy. And to produce art it very important remain happy for me. Getting stuck in a rut or stressing about the work is the last thing that i want to happen, especially this close to the end. This is why it is so important to take time to break the routine, do something different, go for a walk, sit on the beach, call your family, go swimming. Those who say they don't have time, are busy spending all there time on the wrong things. Life is about balance, and getting it right is hard. But today, i knew i needed to eat my lunch on the beach, not in side, especially when the weather is lovely. I know how much work i need to do, that wont change in an hour.
Thursday: Rain. I wont be sat eating my lunch on the beach today. However i did go a for a stroll this morning, to go and paint the sea in the studio, i find it helps if I've been outside first, it helps me get some of the atmosphere and movement, which i don't get from looking at photos or videos.
Friday: Snowing again Back home. I've managed to miss all the snow, oh no what a shame!
Morning i spent lugging back boards, adding some final touches to the paintings and i feel that the paintings i've got so far, if worst came to worst would fit together in the exhibition. I am proud of them but i want more still. Some of these will for sure go in the exhibition, now to add titles.
After lunch i wandered up the hill looked around the art on display in the art centre, returned my books to the library and finally got round to visiting the Kyffin Williams Exhibition. Which was brilliant. I love his work, and it was interesting to see his sketches of the sea he had done, as i found they were very similar to my own sketchbooks, I find that very interesting when artists are working on the same subject matter. My only issue with Kyffin, is that his work although is great, didn't seem to change, its almost like he found the answer straight away and carried on like that. However, he gets the welsh landscape down to the tee, but i wasn't so fond of his watercolours or European work. But that could be because I'm spoiled by my grandads. Whilst we were leaving the exhibition we had a chat with a woman working for the welsh magazine about the exhibition, it was interesting the questions which she asked us, relevant to how the work was displayed, the quotes, etc. It got me thinking about the graduation show.
Some of my works as of Friday 23rd of March.
Monday: The last few days I haven’t felt myself, just generally unwell, which always makes my work ethic none existent but today I felt w bi better and amazed by the incredible skies I set out to do a painting . Which is still unfinished like almost everything in the studio. Time will finish these paintings but I need to be in the right headspace to so them. This painting has been one of my favourites , I love creating dramatic scenes at the moment trying to capture movement and my feelings towards the subject. I have com back to sky a bit aswel as the sea, i love how they connect and create natural rhythms and I want that to be a main factor in my work but I’m still working on it. I like the challenge.
as of Wednesday. In the studio touching up some older oitninfs aswell as completely painting over some that I don’t feel are right. It’s time that I put them all together they need to link for the show and I want them to stand out on their own individually and as a series.
The dissertation is starting , and time is running low. I will g t there bun these next few weeks will be tough but so worth It, I’m loving everyday and I just feel so lucky to
Even be here.
Monday: 09:00- Early start, on the seafront collecting information and up to the school of art to continue with paintings, With no painting done since Thursday, A full day in the Studio is Neccessary.
Spent the Whole day on this, something i started last week, But needs to be left alone untli i have a fresh pair of eye to fix the parts i'm not happy with .
Tuesday: The light again taking over the photos, But touching up some paintings that i've been leaving alone, so far this is my favourite piece.
Few Hours in the Studio, Board fell on my arm off of the wall, which did not tickle. Headache approaching from an overload of turps spillage inhalation and another student falling off a table. Maybe today is a right off.
15.30; Home. Catching up on other work. Thinking of ideas for new paintings and continuation of the drawings, Quick tidy up, and an early restful Night.
Wedenesday: 08:00- Early morning and start today, Gas man coming so need to work from home for most of the day.
19:00 Two of my friends coming over for Scrabble and Vegan Thai curry. Social Events are a lot different from the average student, We sometimes even knit!
:12:00 in the studio.
Tutorial In a few hours, been struggling through trying to finish some work but as much as I love starting paintings I do not enjoy finishing h em. It’s always been a struggle
Of mine a battle of looking and debating what is important to remain in the painting aswell as what it needs with out killing it .