Monthly Archives: October 2011

Blogging, Inking and Opportunities

Hey folks.

First of all some good news for my blog, I’ve reached 500 views this week! Fantastic! Helped mainly by the apple fell down of course. A subsequent conversation got me thinking… how can someone improve their blog to gain more followers and to reach a wider audience? Most of the blogs I follow have tutorials, hints and tips, or interesting notes about life within an art career. Mainly, they’re about things I find interesting and appeal to my own situation.

As for my own blog, I think it’s important to update regularly. This sounds a lot easier than it is, I’m sure anyone who keeps a blog have moments where they simply don’t have time for an update. If it’s a fairly new blog and you don’t give out regular information, I do think a lot of people will simply believe that the blog won’t be going anywhere in the future. Having said that, just updating regularly won’t guarantee you an audience!

Most of my posts follow the work I’m creating and what I plan to do next. That’s it. I’m closing doors already by not writing about anything else. I think I should focus a bit more on other areas too, such as recent exhibitions I’ve been to see or examining artists I find of interest. That way I can collect my thoughts about a specific area and at the same time give people something of interest to read. Perhaps this is what would allow me to reach a wider range of people.

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Back to the usual format, this is how my canvas is coming along this week. You may not be able to see, but the canvas has been worked back, dried ink has been peeled off and I’ve painted over the top. I’ve also added some silver foil in a flowing pattern. This will be sprayed over with ink when my desired colours arrive, this canvas is far too vibrant for what I have planned. Whilst wet, I employed one of my favourite techniques. I took a sheet of foil and pressed it down onto the canvas. After a length of time, I peeled it away to take off the new layers of ink and to show the older areas underneath. This is such a great technique. When you work backwards, you never quite know what you’re going to end up with. It could be a complete disaster! And if it is, you just do it again and again until you’re completely satisfied.

On another note, my camera disappeared earlier this week (I eventually found it in the drawer I had already looked in) and so haven’t tried to take any photographs in the dark yet, although I have been looking up various techniques online. I’m seriously doubting whether my camera is good enough for night time photography, but I will find out for sure soon enough. I finish work late in the evenings, so there is no valid excuse not to go out and take some photographs!

Last but by no means least, I’m very pleased to say I’ve been given the opportunity to work within a gallery space over the next couple of months. I’ve yet to find out exactly what I’ll be doing but it’s such an exciting opportunity that I just can’t wait for it to start!

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As of this week my newest artwork is underway. The others that I am still in the midst of have been placed on the back burner (metaphorically speaking of course) until I can find some refreshed enthusiasm for them.

It started, like always, with a sketch and a canvas. I then attached some glossy paper on top to allow the next layer of ink to run more freely. In future, I think I will start using boards more often as the texture from the canvas tends to be more of a hinderance than a beautiful effect that I wish to keep.

The first layer involved an application of colour through ink. I’ve used plain drawing ink as well as mica pigmented spray inks to give a tattered overall look, but also a sparkly element. This work will be mainly white when completed so the only colour showing will be from this layer.

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I’m going to purchase some more inks e.g. blues, greens, silver to build up the tone that I’m aiming for. Basically, I’m aiming for a ‘Winter’ feel. This work will be about coldness and beauty.

On another note, earlier in the week I took a few photographs outside on a creepy moonlit night. I’ve now got it into my head that I need to go outside on a clear evening equipped with my camera and tripod to get some new outdoor photographs of the night sky. Night time photography… there’s some new territory for me! Any helpful hints!?

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Diversions

This last month has been nothing but diversions! The most important of these was a cheeky holiday I took to the south of Spain to get away from the dull drizzle of home. Sunny days of shopping and eating, what more could I ask for? We stayed in a rather residential area of Alicante not too far from the coast, which of course suited me as we managed to get quite a decent breeze on those far too hot days! From the nice area we were in, I managed to get a few photo opportunities of the coast and surrounding buildings. I do love the Spanish architecture around there, it’s so different to what you get back home. These are photographs taken from the building we stayed in.

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As wonderful as a holiday in Spain is, I honestly don’t believe I could stay there for a longer length of time. Oddly enough, I miss the rain and mists, with the green hills and trees sprouting everywhere they please. I think Alicante is just too hot and dry to really fuel my imagination. Although a few extra days of sunshine back home would never go amiss!

Speaking of home, next week I’m hoping to post the first few pictures of my new work in progress. I’m going to see if I can count how many layers it takes to make a painting I’m satisfied with! Until then I have a photograph of a rather sweet card I made for my sister and brother-in-laws wedding anniversary.

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Much love to you all!

And on yet another random note, I have been debating whether to create a new Twitter account, one solely devoted to my art and craft ideas or whether to keep the random jumble I have at the moment. We shall see.

Until next time…