Archive for January, 2014

January 25, 2014

Sketchbook work

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I’m in the middle of watching Braveheart but I thought I’d show you what I’ve doing with my day. These aren’t for anything in particular as yet. I’m just concentrating on working on a sketchbook to get plenty of ideas down so I can then start afresh on something more substantial. Playing around with pattern and texture, i’ve been looking a fair bit at the work of William Morris and Grayson Perry. Think I’m going to play around with some paper too.

I’m also going to be doing the back, sack and crack equivalent of tidying up my website…spruce it up a bit.

 

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January 25, 2014

Gallery Visit at Oriel Myrddin: Clare Thornton

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I said that I was going to try and get out to visit some exhibition and here is one which is on at Oriel Myrddin right now. The exhibition is titled The Dandy & The Mute and is by the artist Clare Thornton who is based in Bristol. You can find out more about her and the work she does here.

I was keen to visit this exhibition after seeing the tiles above on the gallery website and wondering what they were made from. It was a delight to see them and to realise that they are actually made from wax.  According to the write up, they are mouldings taken from a piece of cornicing from an old theatre. Her work is very serene and there was an amazing feeling of wonder upon entering the gallery space.

January 22, 2014

DO I HAVE TO?…REALLY?

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Bollocks! That is literally the only way I can think to describe things. God, I thought I was going to be so productive in 2014. I am well aware that we’re only a month into the year but if you knew what I was like…oh this isn’t good!

I just can’t seem to find the motivation to do anything at all. I start a piece of work and then about half way through I think what the fuck is the point of this? and end up scrapping it.

I’ve written before about my struggle with anxiety and depression and while I have made a lot of progress I think I’ve still managed to let it get a hold of me too much now. It feels like a vicious circle at times. I don’t go out to work as that is still a bit of a challenge for me but I’m very lucky to have my parents supporting me while I get myself together. I’m really not very good with going out in public but I think I’m really going to have to push myself this year as I need that outlet where I can bounce ideas off other artists. Or even just getting inspired and motivated. I don’t think I’ll achieve anything by staying at home!

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WP_000501 Today was the first time in a while that I felt like doing any drawing. These are some of William Morris’ roses. I actually found it very relaxing doing this which is something I haven’t felt in a while when producing art. There’s always that niggle at the back of my head that the work must in some way produce money and I’m starting to find that overwhelming now. I don’t know how others manage it, that balance of creating something they are happy with but also that people would want to buy.

Onward and up though eh?!

Hope all is well with everyone.

Take care,

Rach x

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