2021 Week 9
Hey hey and welcome! This blog series is a journal / accountability tool / resource for my pursuit of a career as an artist. I’ve been keeping a notebook for some time now detailing the daily tasks – no matter how mundane – that I’ve been taking towards this goal. Each week I’ll reflect on my insights and projects from the past week in Process and share them with you here!
DISCLAIMERS: I’m currently studying in the UK and living in London, so I’m operating on tight budget! I also have no formal training in art. For now the focus is on getting into a flow with my creative practice and expanding influence, nothing business related. This week’s finished paintings can be found at the end of the post. Without further ado, let’s recap the week!
I started the week off with The Create! Podcast’s interview with Austin Kleon. The episode gave some great perspective on how to keep your creative energy flowing both in and out of a pandemic and energized me to get back to work! It also introduced me to Kleon’s work, so I grabbed a copy of his book Show Your Work! and proceeded to read it in a day because I could not put it down. I feel like this book is the shot in the arm I’ve needed to bring my creativity to the next step and the author’s advice inspired me to start this blog series. Do yourself a favor and grab a copy!
I had completed 2 small paintings the previous week on acrylic paper and this week I mailed them to Miranda for her to bedazzle as part of a collaboration we’re working on. She’s quickly becoming an expert bedazzler and I would highly recommend her tips for bedazzling anything. Similar versions of these works can be found on our instagram page.
Florence Given author of Women Don’t Owe You Pretty, posted on her instagram calling to connect her followers. By interacting with the post I joined several WhatsApp groups of hundreds feminists in London and around the world. Connecting with these lovely people felt like a surge of light amidst the isolation I’ve been experiencing since moving to London during the national lockdown and we’re already making plans to meet up once it’s safe to do so. Through this experience I joined a subgroup of artists/makers who are mostly based in the UK and collaborated with them to create a joint account where we’ll all submit interpretations of a monthly prompt. This month’s is figure. More on that to come 🙂
Due to the perpetual London dreariness and lockdown, I’ve been getting most of my inspo pics for paintings from Pinterest. Trying to change this, on one of my daily walks I made a conscious effort to capture my own reference photos. Luckily it’s nearly spring and more colors are starting to emerge across the city. I took the photo below on Regent’s Canal and I used it for a painting (at the end of this post)!
Since I do most of my painting at night, I’ve been overdue to improve the photos of my art. Earlier this year I signed up for Not Sorry Art School, taught by Sari Shryack. The course is a-m-a-z-i-n-g and by signing up you join a Facebook group of fellow students. I asked the group for advice on how to take better photos and response was unanimous: nothing beats natural light. To improve this, lay your work on a white background. I don’t know about you but I was relived the best option is the free one!
Speaking of free, my editing skills are in need of an upgrade, and I went on the hunt for a free Photoshop alternative. I ended up landing on krita and watched a couple YouTube videos and practices editing my photos to get a feel for it. Aside from the occasional lagginess, the software seems powerful and a great fit for what I need it to do. I am still learning it and will share any more helpful tutorials I find in the future.
And finally over the course of this week I completed 4 paintings, focusing on playing around with different color palettes. Below are my paintings from the week!