I had a pile of dip pen nibs lying around and no holder for them – so what to do? Get some willow, duct tape and get making. I also made a folding pen yesterday using a cider can, old brush handle and ever useful duct tape. It makes some nice marks. They all look a little homemade and crude but I kind of like that aesthetic. (The burnt cardboard is for a college project).
I found out yesterday that I have got a placement on a college/uni scheme where I get to help out one morning or afternoon with a local primary school class with teaching art. It’s only for 8 weeks but it will be good experience and will determine whether I enjoy working in a classroom environment or not.
This is the painting I did for my girlfriends 40th birthday (yesterday). It’s based on one of the earlier college sketchbook pages I did which she liked a lot. And the Isle of Harris and its fab beaches is one of our favourite places. It didn’t turn out as abstract as I would have liked but its not fr off looking like the original but much smaller sketch.
These are a few app-filtered photos of the sculpture experiments we have been doing at college. Using the fantastic vacuum former machine I placed some objects onto a plaster head and formed a plastic sheet over them. I think the results are quite interesting and the machine is a great piece of kit – it’s all going towards working out a solution for a final plaster piece. It’s also a world away from the 2D stuff I usually do.
I did this very quick doodle of Radiohead for a Twitter project the other night. It doesn’t look much like them and it wont win any prizes but each one took a matter of seconds and I really enjoyed doing it. As it turned out we did some speed drawing as a warm up in life drawing on Friday. Three minutes for each one and it was great fun- no time to over think the drawing, trying to catch the essence of the pose with rudimentary charcoal lines. The first one was just getting a feeling for doing it – by the third I was getting into the swing of it. Anyway, it was really enjoyable and I think it the class with a tangible learning curve.
An acrylic and polllyfilla sketch of Sheilabost beach in Harris. Been enjoying doing seascapes/landscapes recently. Always found ones I had done previously erring on the side of twee. I like the controlled mess thing – the more of them I do the more abstract potential I see. This one is only A4 – I’d like it to be the size of a transit van.