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.