Summer of Taking it Slowly

Sometimes making art can be challenging and it feels like a struggle. If I feel too frustrated, I stop and take a break; walking or physical activity is the best way to shift gears.

However, it is important to finish projects. This can also be challenging when the deadline is completely self-directed and the material rewards may be non-existent.

There are plenty of other rewards though for finishing a project. It builds a solid momentum of discipline and in the best of times, feel liberating.

Today I finished these urban landscapes.

I will call them ‘Middlesbrough Calling’. They are approximately 14.5cm x 21cm (5.75” x 8.25), made with acrylic and pen & ink on 300 gsm (140 lb) watercolour paper.

I used photos I took when my parents were visiting and we were walking around town. It was a sunny day with blue skies.  Then, instead of ‘put a bird on it’ (Portlandia television show reference), I ‘put a robot on it’.

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Summertime Blues

This Brexit bullshit has thrown me off all week and it’s been an emotional rollercoaster.

It’s summer break time from my day job as learning support assistant and I have lots of time to work on art stuff (and also housework- nightmare,  garden- nightmare).

Here are some photos of things I’ve made lately.

The bookmarks are finished.

All of the mobiles are works in progress–need to finish painting them and trimming the yarn which reinforce with pva tacky glue.

It’s fun work.

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