08.45- Reality struck, quick cuppa and a slice of toast and up to uni. A crisp morning, sun out but not yet warm enough for all the puddles to have dried up. Wasn't prepared for the day ahead of me, but was sure once i was there i'd have fun.
10:00- Worked in to my plate, spent the morning trying to get the print somewhere, parts of it i really like, and others not, after a few hours i got something more on the lines of what i was going for and was excited to go on and get another plate and start a new idea, if i could scrape up some money for a copper plate. The semester seems to have dragged out longer and longer than each semester before, and whilst i'm not complaining as i love to be at uni, the loan can only go so far.
13:00- Time to etch my litho stone from last week, some of the processes involved in lithography i feel i cannot do on my own yet , so am wary of working on something with out reassurance that i'm not going to break something! Nonetheless, stone etched and ready to print when i get round to that.
17:00- Monday gym day with friends, you only have to do something for three weeks before it becomes a habit, but it still continues to be something i'm to lazy to force myself to go to but when i'm there i enjoy.
Tuesday around 10:00- A non timetabled day means i don't have to get to up as early, and its very hard to force yourself up with out knowing that you have to be somewhere at a certain time, although its nice, productivity decreases. This week i decided to focus on etching as Andrew my lecturer would be away the following week, so i went in to uni for a few hours and got some more prints done, before coming home to do some painting. June says that second year is where you blunder about not really knowing what you're doing, which i can totally relate to. I never like to stick to something, whilst doing one painting i'm always thinking about what i'm going to paint next and this distraction can be clearly spotted in my work, as once i'm bored things tend to become a bit sloppy. Anyways, Today i want really sure what to paint, artist block, pouring down outside, i didn't want to leave the house, so i went back to a painting i started in the second week of this semester, got a few tubes of paint that I've had lying around in the bottom of my paint box with colours that i never use, and thought id play around with them. Something that has always interested me is the connection between abstraction and realism, and i like it when they meet somewhere in between, my work in first year and before university was full of a lot more colour and i miss that aspect sometimes, Anyway, i wasn't entirely happy with the result of the painting, in fact i feel as if it would be better if the portrait wasn't there at all, and just showed a mess- a creative mess..
Wednesday: After getting home from printmaking and a lecture on cv writing. my new paints had arrived, with a rush out with excitement to test them out, i was pleasantly surprised with the difference the paint gave to my work, still improvements needed in terms of application of paint, but i could finally see my work going somewhere.
"Lighthouse with a view" - 33.1"X 23.4"- Acrylic on Canvas, 22-03-2017
Thursday: Tutorial went well, was excited to get back out and do more work, absolutely loving painting at the moment. It's so nice to actually enjoy it and just go with the flow i guess not everything will go to plan but one time it will, if you keep doing it regularly, i'm sure it will get easier, there's so much yet for me to learn, and that's what i love, knowing that my work is only going to get better if i keep at it.