It feels strange that this is my final week as an undergraduate, but this semester i have had very little timetabled lectures. My attendance must be amazing, as there isn't anything to really miss. This kind of self motivation to still work everyday is hard, but when your'e doing something you enjoy, its not. I live for painting, I love it. At this time of the year when i'm writing the dissertation and sorting other writings, and tasks. I just wish i was painting. But, it is quite nice to write about my work.
Tuesday: Painting the edges of all possible exhibition pieces, I personally like the way the paint goes down the edges, but it isn't up to show quality i suppose. All my edges are now a lovely tube grey! A colour i have tonnes of as it comes in a pack and is one of the colours i don't touch, together with black.
I also spent the day, cleaning up possible exhibition works, and working on this sky. I didn't want to over do it, but wanted to get some of the same colour in the sky, and create more depth. I am pleased with the result.
Wednesday: Tutorial, Managed to get a lot of questions answered today, i wanted to varnish one of my works, because it had a lot of shine, but after testing it out on one of my other paintings, it made it foggy, so ill just deal with the bit of shine on the work. At this point i don.t want to cause any extra stress.
Thursday: Emptying the studio. Including taking back last semesters work. Finally.
This painting was one i had finished on this day last year, Still one of my favourites. Its nice to see how i have progressed, my interest now is more sure, i know what makes me want to paint the landscape now. And i feel that this is still evident in my older works, i just didn't know yet. I was clearly still interested in the sea and sky as a major factor in my work, as well as movement.
Nature paints for us everyday. Todays sunset reminded me of rothko. I constantly see abstract art in the natural world. Its easy to paint what you see. whats hard is painting what you see in its most simple way. This idea is something i have been thinking of recently, as my work has began to become less representational. I know that in no way Rothko was a representational painter, but he evokes so much in such a simple way. It speaks power to me, and I feel i can learn a lot from this idea. Not painting in the same way as Rothko, but perhaps in simplifying the landscape.
Friday: Boards Finished, Stored safely ready for hanging. Quick tidy up of anything left in my space. The end.