I have started up a new blog for the 4th Year Painting at Gray’s School Of Art. Our name is Gray’s 16 as luck would have it there are 16 of us to tie in with the calendar year. It is our final and biggest year with all our hard work going towards the Degree Show next year. The blog is a place for us to post our work and give people a flavour of what we are up to. We have a big fundraising push underway and we need a strong social media presence. It is early days with the blog and a few follows would be great.
I accidentally posted this here instead of my private storage account. It’s a reference pic for an ongoing painting but I guess it might be of interest in its own right.
Some more recent images from the paintseptember Twitter project. Of course, I’d be making these anyway. I gave them various titles but I’ll spare you them. I employed my usual materials – ink, filler, acrylic. The last one, however, is Crayola flip-top markers borrowed from the kids – a nice effect when mixed with water. Could have potential as a landscape sketch tool.
As much as I am enjoying these easy days of housework, school runs and occasional creating I am looking forward to art college. Two weeks today I start in earnest. Excitement, nerves and all the usual are running through me. It’s not like I’m a kid fresh from school any more but there is that anticipation of a new challenge.
As I’m writing this I’ve got a documentary about John Bellany. I just burst out laughing – when he was my age he had a major retrospective exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Ever felt like a underachieve?!
I’ve been doing a twitter project called #paintseptember – so I’ve been posting an image a day. Mostly daft wee sketchbook pages like these ones. I start art college at the end of the month so this is a good way to limber up and keep my hand in. It has certainly been productive in terms of y twitter use – I’ve seen some fabulous work and I’ve managed to gain about 50 followers in the past week or so. This is fine while I have the time but once uni starts it’ll be head down into the work. Hopefully I’ll still manage to do the odd blogpost though – maybe keep it to a weekly basis.
I was back in the artshed tonight, paints and assorted materials out, several different sheets on the go at same time. I’ve hardly been in there recently – all those fine evenings in the golden summer we had and now that it’s turning to dark and cold in the evenings I feel the urge to be there – warm clothes on, artificial light, operating with difficulty in the awkward mess. What is this urge, this drive for thrawn isolation?
Last night Scotland lost one of it’s great painters – John Bellany. Sad, sad news.