We’re into November 2015, and I’m now ready to graduate. Too bad I’ll have to wait until the spring, when I have enough credits… what I mean is that I (think?) I’m mentally ready to finish with school. Even a year ago I may have argued this vehemently, but I finally feel like I have a clear idea of where I am, and where I want to be. My education has become less about the technical aspects of painting and drawing (which is what I really want to be learning about) and more about concepts, and the politics of painting. Without going on any long-winded rants, I’m less than enthused about having to constantly defend what my inspirations are, and the kind of work I want to be doing. On the plus side, this means that I’m to the point where I know exactly what I want to do. On the negative side, it means that when people give me critique that doesn’t line up with my goals, it can be frustrating, and it isn’t very helpful. Continue reading →
And just like that, it’s summer! I’ve been busy off my feet with classes, work, and personal projects, but with me starting my final year of school in a few months, I’m hoping to redouble my efforts with this blog. I’m seeing lots of things I’d like to change about it, which is good, right? Progress! I think I may actually give the ol’ website a huge makeover, now that I’m getting a more focused idea of where I want to take my work.
I found this year particularly challenging, physically and mentally. I feel like I’ve been pushed to the limit a lot, especially in the last few months. A lot of difficult and challenging things happened in fall semester simultaneously, and I had to make difficult decisions on what to let go of, and hold on to. Fortunately, the semester is over; I passed everything and am back on track with yoga and rest. I’m really happy that Tim has been busy with photography this fall, because I was at home very little, especially in November. Continue reading →
I have decided to take the month of August off (mostly, one project on the go instead of 3-4) from art to give myself a rest before school starts back up in less than a month. I’ve been busy juggling summer work with self-directed painting and drawing studies, which I began pretty steadily from when I finished the semester out in May all the way up to this month. Despite having a month off I won’t be completely silent, though. On top of figure drawings and portrait paintings, I’ve been sneakily working on a couple of paintings to submit to a gallery for a special show which starts in less than two weeks! What is the show?
The human figure and portraits are two of the most challenging subjects to study in art. They are essentially just a collection of shapes and lines, but shifting limbs or proportions ever so slightly can make a body look off balance, or a face look unrecognizable. What I have learned about drawing and painting the figure, so far in my education and self study, is that there is no easy way to do it. Many How To Draw books will show shortcuts, and there are patterns and proportion rules that can aid in the process, but there is no getting around it; to draw the figure convincingly, you simply have to practice, practice, practice.
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be an artist, specifically, how one gets by on art as a career. It’s a very daunting concept that scares a lot of potential artists away, and one that every other discipline likes to poke fun at. If I hear about BFA grads becoming glorified baristas one more time…
We’re in the thick of winter now. It’s been snowier than normal in Halifax which has resulted in a few snow days off school, which were rare, even back in NB! As usual, I’ve been a busy little bee, with a new part time job and a full course load. On the plus side, I’ve been doing a lot more drawing. On the minus side, I feel like I’ve got a long way to go until I’ll be able to draw well enough to properly execute my ideas. Keeping my fingers crossed that Figure Drawing and Descriptive Drawing give me some chops. Continue reading →
I blinked, and November was over with. Between a history final that crept up on me way too quickly, and several heavy-duty projects to work on in Illustration and Intro Painting, I had to buckle down and really focus to get everything done on time. I’m very happy to be finished the semester, but at the same time it was sad packing up my stuff and leaving the paint studio. I spent so much time there that I grew attached to it, even the leaky parts… but I’ll see another studio in the fall, when I take Intermediate Paint.
It turns out that I’ve done a ton of art this year, probably more than I’ve done… ever! Deviantart is full of people posting memes about what they’ve worked on over the year, so I decided to participate:
Whelp, that escalated quickly. All of a sudden my agenda is full of homework and I need to remember to schedule in sleep. However, I’m a happy little busy bee! Having to multitask in school is hugely important. People might think they can do one project at a time (leisurely) when they graduate, but I’m starting to see that this isn’t the case, and in reality, I wouldn’t want it to be, anyway. It’s nice to be able to jump between projects when I’m frustrated with one and need a break from it. It’s also good to have all these things thrown at you in school, because for me it became quickly apparent what I wanted to specialize in, so much so that I dropped print-making to spend other time on drawing and painting. I haven’t looked back.
I’ve been silent on here but always, always working. Here’s a glimpse of what I’ve been painting (very excited about this class!):
Is a painter/illustrator drawn to colours, patterns and the whimsical. As well as posting her own pieces, she also blogs about what inspires her: other art, illustrators, tattoos, design and everything in between.