At the village street fair we went to while in Norfolk (see last post!), I came across this rather delightful little paint box for £2. Since being offered my position as an Art teacher, I have been rekindling my passion for the subject. As many of you who have been reading my blog for a while will know - crafts, textiles and dress making have been my outlet for creativity for the past three or so years, which led to me training as a Textiles teacher. Just to recap, my degree was in Fine Art, although even then I focused on more contemporary media, such as video and photography, so it really has been a long time since I have attempted to paint anything properly. I tried to create a watercolour of me and Steve a couple of years ago, but it did not go well! At school, I always found painting quite challenging, preferring to work with dry materials such as charcoal and pencils and my old favourite - the black biro! Now that I am going to be teaching others so many different skills, I really felt that it would be valuable for me to start experimenting with some of these lost techniques again.
I love the little colour chart inside which that gentleman that I purchased it from left there! It's not really of use to me, but I can't bring my myself to tear it out!
One of the teachers in my new department gave me a beautiful, brown paged A3 sketchbook when I was offered the job - I love it! I am really enjoying having a sketchbook again. When I was at school and sixth form, I would carry mine everywhere, I have not really had one since. I have really loved buying new art materials too and browsing around small, independent art shops, it's just a shame that everything costs so much money, I'm having to give myself a monthly budget at the moment!So, here are a few of the things that I have been up to, it's quite daunting sharing my art with the world, I never have had much confidence in my work! I would love to hear your thoughts and any top tips to improve though! You never stop learning after all :)
The last image is a painting which is currently unfinished. It's one of those works that you never seem to be happy with, but I am trying really hard to keep improving and to not give up on it!I have also recently been reading a book called The Story of Art, which I borrowed from school. I have become really quite engrossed in it. I have never really had any desire to learn about ancient art, such as Egyptian and Greek, but this book is so well written and easy to understand that I have found it rather fascinating! A really good read for anyone out there who is constantly swayed towards contemporary practice!