Here are the results… #ArtADay No.107-131
Much arty love!
If you’ve not already, pop on over to my Clipperton Project & Ondine Updates post and read that before this… as it’ll make a bit more sense!!
After reading that you might be wondering what’s going to happen to my #ArtADay project!!! It took me a while to figure out what I was going to do with this project while I’m away… but I’ve finally decided!!
I’m going to use the best photograph I take everyday as my art for that day. I’m unlikely to have to time to sit down and do a drawing, or make something every day while I’m away, so instead of just skipping this month, I figure a photograph counts as art, and could be a good excuse for me to let my inner photographer out!!
Hopefully I’ll be able to post these photos everyday to Facebook, but I think it’s more likely that I won’t be able to post them until I get back.
So…. for now… I’m going to leave you with a top ten of my favourite #ArtADay‘s so far!!!
I’m happiest when I’m in front of my drawing board doodling furiously away, or sat at my bench sawing and hammering pieces of metal. If I could do this all the time I would, but it doesn’t quite pay the bills yet… but hopefully with your support I can get there!
What will you be funding?
Workshop and Studio Practice
I draw every day, and I try to get into the jewellery workshop at least once a week. Your pledges will cover the day to day creative expenses, such as: art supplies, workshop bills, jewellery materials, ordering prints and postal supplies, etc.
This will be my first commercial jewellery collection. It will be based on a faerytale I’m writing that brings together traditional undine mythology with our modern world, with added jewelled twists. I’m also aiming to make a film of this tale, and make a tail out of this tale… but you’ll have to get in on the Patreon-only posts to find out more…
My stall at Edinburgh Comic Con 2017
Next year, I would love to have enough artwork to get prints and merchandise made up to sell at Edinburgh’s Comic Con. I went to the event this year, and it was fantastic! The whole time I was there looking at all the glorious nerdy things, I couldn’t help but envy the indie artists selling their wares, and I knew I wanted to be them next year! The convention is usually in April, which gives me a whole year to achieve this goal of creating more nerdy artwork, and to save the money needed to book the table, and buy the stock to sell.
A little series of photographs captured at random of my new daisy flower plant in some really beautiful lighting.
I’ve edited them as both full colour and black and white, and although I prefer the black and white versions, I though I’d post both collections together so you can see the different beauties in each style.
Which do you prefer?
My wonderful parents bought me a new DSLR camera for my birthday… and I’ve not had much of a chance to use it, so decided to take it out on a sunny dog walk around Dalkeith Country Park and take a few snaps of the natural beauty there.
1. an object kept as a reminder of the inevitability of death.
2. Latin, literally ‘remember (that you have) to die’.
An Ode To Dead Dye Jobs
I collect my dead hair.
A strange habit I know.
A bit of a gross habit? yeah, I can see why you’d think that.
I’m not sure why I do it. It just feels like I could use it one day, so I save it.
When my hair brush is full, I pull off the tangled locks, and place them in a jar.
Okay… now you think I’m crazy right?
I don’t blame you.
One of the nice things about it, is I get to see colour gradients forming. I dye my hair, mostly, every month, and I never pick the same colour, so layers of colours form.
I’ve made a miniature sculpture to celebrate my oddness, and to “light a candle” for my now passed dye jobs…..
Saw-pierce out a copper oval.
Sand and file the edges of the copper oval until smooth, and sand the surface with varying grades of sandpaper, until scratch-free.
Clean the surface of the metal in preparation for drawing on.
Draw! I’ve never used markers before, so this was a bit of an experiment.
After sealing the back of the oval, place in etching baths, for roughly 3hours.
After cleaning away the marker and etching grounds, drill holes all around the oval’s edge.
After polishing the metal, seal with wax to prevent the copper from oxidising too quickly.
Take a sheet of white silk organza, and alter the shape using heat.
Find a ball of colourful hair!
Stitch organza into the holes around the copper.
Fill with hair, and continue to stitch until the end.
Cut the organza into an oval.
Stitch beads all around the edges of the oval.
What do you think?
At the moment, life for me is writing lots of job applications. It’s good practice in writing about myself… it’s good practice in not getting frustrated when people don’t get in touch with you… it’s good practice in reminding myself just why I want to be a successful artist…. but it’s not a good practice in creativity!
So………… A year of creativity.
I’m going to create a piece of art every single day from my 23rd birthday to my 24th.
I want to bring more creativity into my life, and I think the best way to do that is to experiment with my craft a little bit everyday.
Follow my project on Facebook, as that is where I’ll be posting my art everyday.
All pieces in this Facebook album are for sale. Prices from £5-£35 with postage included. Just click on the individual photographs for more details.
I’m still working on my Ondine project, she’s just a little in the background as I try to re-build my momentum for her. I love her, she is my most exciting project, but sometimes she becomes a little overwhelming… and the anxiety that plagues me can’t always deal with that. Ondine, know I love you, but I just need to work on you slower than I intended.
At the moment, my lovely blog readers, I’ve mostly been focusing on the writing aspect, and the logistics…. so, I don’t have any pretty pictures to show you :( but, I will always keep you updated when I do!!
For now! here are some pretty pictures of some of my favourite #ArtADay pieces so far…
And be sure to give me a wee like over on Facebook to follow the rest of this project, along with all my other arty things :)
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