Sunday, 18 September 2011

All the fun of the fair.....

Cole and Michaela on the carousel.

Yesterday I spent some much needed quality time with my family. I went to Southport with my sister, my niece, my daughter and my adorable grandson. Despite the heavy showers we had a very enjoyable day.  Today it is back to the homework and the house work oh well no rest for the wicked as they say. :) 

Friday, 16 September 2011

Fine art mixed media....

We where given a black plastic bag with an object in. You where not allowed to look in the bag at all.  You had to put your hand into the bag feel the object and draw what you thought it was.  My object was a camera.

The lesson was what is the definition of drawing.  Is it pencil and paper or can it be simply a mark made on a surface. Here i have stuck torn pieces of masking tape to paper painted over the tape with ink then removed it. Is it a drawing????

The exercise above developed onto the theme chance. Here I have used embroidery thread as my choice of medium, fabric and paper then sewn random line stitches.

I then used several of the threads together and twister them as I pulled them through the fabric.

This weeks rotation started off with photo shop and it was terrifying. Me and technology nooooooo, give me a paint brush and paint anytime, not a computer. I was a complete novice and struggled terribly through the sessions, even with a one to one with the tutor. The next rotation was Fine Art mixed media and I have had a fab time. Some people may call this type of art " Blue Peter moments".  I  really enjoyed experimenting and trying to find the lost child artist in me.  You know when you did a picture in school, maybe of your Mum and it didn't matter that her hair was green or one eye was far bigger than the other. Or maybe you drew a picture of the family dog and it had five legs and halt a tail.   I enjoy the freedom of nothing is wrong its just all about development and freedom of expression. Oooo get me using long words and philosophizing about art, I need to watch I don't start calling everybody darling and explaining the true meaning behind the un-made bed? ;)

Sunday, 11 September 2011

And so it begins......

We had to bring in interesting objects to draw.  This is a one minute sketche of a whisk head, some icing pipes and a cork.

Continous line drawing of whisk heads a cork and a energy light bulb.

Draw the person next to you using a continous line in three minutes.
Fir cone using continous line, four minute drawing.

Fir cone drawing taken one step further and made into a lino print.

Research artist who use print in their work.

Collage's of the artist I researched over the weekend.
Well what can I say? My journey into college life and the Arts has begone and it looks like it is going to be a very fast paced. This week has been more than a shock to the system, early mornings, long days and late nights. Oh and on top of all this I have had a chest infection which has soooo not helped, I feel I have mainly coughed my way through the lessons.  At the moment we are in tutorial groups, until you pick a specialist subject and then the group will split up.  There are eight lectures, therefore eight tutorial classes. I did see a couple of other mature lady students in the hall on the first day and I was so relieved, however, they are not in my tutorial.  I am completely surrounded by 18 to 19 year olds, which believe it or not was quite intimidating.  With that said they have all made me feel really welcome and I was invited to join several of the girls for lunch at the noodle bar on Thursday, Bless! The next invitation was to join them for a drink after college on Friday (we finish at 12.30) but I graciously declined as I was meeting Michaela for lunch (who is so supportive but I think may be feeling a little neglected as I have not seen her or Cole for over a week).  Well my homework is complete so I better get on with some house work.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Lifes a little hectic........

Hello all, just a quick post to say unfortunately I will not be posting for a little while. The reason being is because I have started my Art Foundation Diploma course and life is a little hectic at the minute. Once things settle and I get into the swing of the new routine, I will post all about the new journey I am on.  I am sure I will not be away from my beloved blog for very long but I just wanted my lovely little followers to know why it is currently quiet.  :)

Sunday, 4 September 2011

At last......

I won a judges merit at Harrogate for my Twelve days of Christmas.

Sue with her block of the month quilt.

Kathy next to her New York Beauty.

Sue standing by her miniature quilt.

Janet came second in the cushion category.

Sue's lovely forest floor cushion.

Janet's Spring flowers quilt.
Yesterday I went to Harrogate with my good friends Janet, Sue and Emma and we had a great day. However, the icing on the cake was that I won a Judges Merit rosette and I am truly delighted. I would like to thank all my lovely friends in Liverbirds for their never ending support, encouragement and belief in me.  My family are really proud of me and I can not wait to show them the rosette in person.