Monday, July 25, 2011

Summer Book Project 2011

I went to Freshers' Day at College on the 1st July and we were given our first project to work on over the Summer.  As I am still working, I have not been able to start - but that won't be for much longer.  However, I have spent a lot of time thinking about the subject and researching.  

It is fascinating - I had never come across this before but the range and styles I have been able to look at have really set my mind working at the possibilities.    

There are four parts to this piece of work and the key to showing these will be my sketchbook/journal.  This is also a new thing for me as I am used to using my sketchbook for drawing practice rather than as a project record.  

Have a look yourself at the wide variety of "altered art books" there are ... just type the three words into google images and see what you find.... as I said, fascinating! Click here for some examples.

So, with ideas brimming in my head, I visited the local "Book Barn" to see what books I could find to suit my ideas.  

Idea No 1 - a book about nature - Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species would be ideal.  I have lots of feathers and a couple of bird skeletons that could be used with this book.

Idea No 2 - a french novel - to use as a journal as I travel in France on my holidays.

Idea No 3 - a book about flowers - to use to make sculptures from the pages.

However, my mind was open.

I did find a french novel which has a really pretty cover and an illustrated story inside.  I also found a book by John Galsworthy called Flowering Wilderness.  As I spend so much time in the countryside, I thought this book would be great to reflect something close to my heart.  

So, decision made on the book, now to begin further research on the alteration style.  My mind is already working overtime!

Friday, July 15, 2011

The world at your feet

Have you ever stopped to look at the world around your feet?  I walk a lot, the joys of owning a dog.  It's the first thing I do every morning when I get out of bed at 6.00am.  There is an amazing world down there... stop and take a look next time you are out and about in the countryside.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fresher's Day - Art & Design Foundation Diploma

Where does the time go?  It's been such a whirlwind lately that I haven't had time to blog!  I'm currently finishing up at work ready to leave at the end of July, G had a hectic June with school exams and now lots of activities prior to finishing school at the end of this week and finally, getting organised for Art College in September.  (I know that doesn't sound like much of an artist - getting organised two months before, something I need to work on!).

I attended Freshers Day at Art College last week, which was great, very informative.  I thought I was attending A level Art but I also received an unconditional offer for the Art & Design foundation Diploma which, on reflection, will be much better for me.  So, I accepted this offer. That means I will now be studying Art & Design full time - Yippeee!!!

Our Head Tutor thought that we would do an impromptu drawing session at the Fresher event, and we found ourselves choosing a dead fish to draw.  We had less than an hour to do this and the variety of the finished articles were great - so many varying styles - so much to learn from other students.

420mm x 300mm
Pilot Drawing Pen, Watercolour Pencils, Tea

I was generally happy with this picture as it was done so quickly.  A chinograph pencil had sneaked into the watercolour pencil box and I didn't spot it until after I had used it to make the black marks on the back of the fish.  This pencil doesn't work with water so the colour didn't spread.  Learning point: check the pencil before you use it, even if it has disguised itself in the watercolour box!