So today I did a painting demo and talk at Ballakermeen High school, and though I had a great time, I must admit I've been burning the candle at both ends a bit lately, so I've been dreaming of bed all day.
do you ever work hard at something for any length of time and achieve your goal, and then immediately feel a little empty inside, like there is a cloud hanging over the achievement, I do and I don't know why.
79. Negative people Digital 10.5cm x 10.3cm I think whenever you undertake any kind of endeavour (creative or otherwise) you always run into people who tell you can't do it or it's too hard, I mostly ignore them, but this is how I see them.
78. So Bored my face might melt off! Acrylic on board
30cm x 21cm
So I did a painting Demo at Castle Rushen High School today, this was good as this was my old high school, so I wanted to do a painting based on some of my experiences as a high school student, though there were many classes I enjoyed, there were a few that bored me to death, I used to day dream that I was so bored my face would melt off. Also I felt old today as I worked out that it has been 18 years since I graduated high school :(
I have done versions of this idea before, as drawings and paintings, but it never quite felt right, I think this montage way of working seems to be (in my opinion) the best version of the idea, don't get me wrong the other techniques had nice qualities to bring to the theme, but this is the closest to how the idea looks in my head.
71. You're all just jealous of my beard! Acrylic on board
30cm x 21cm
So today i did a painting demo at St. Ninian's high school, I haven't shaved in awhile so i was worried that students would rip it out of my ginger beard, so i thought of this image, i think it went down very well.
It's been a long time (10 Years) since I last did any print making and so when the opportunity arose, i jumped at the chance I plan to do some more print making as the project progresses. there is something I really like about the quality of line you get with etching.I'd like to say a big thank you to Claire Pullinger, our print making lecturer at the Isle of Man college and her Friday morning Print class for letting me gate crash.
for my first exhibition (quite a few years ago now) I did a painting called dying, it proved extremely popular, one of the wonderful people who buy my work has never forgiven me for selling it, so I have been requested to create a similar image.. so Happy birthday Julie James, I know it's not the same as the image you like but it is in the same vein. :)