Monday, 10 June 2013

Wedding Project

So this weekend was the beautiful wedding of my best and one of my oldest friends Catherine. I was given the honour of being her bridesmaid and was asked if I could provide illustrations for each of the tables, each of which were named after the family animals that she's had over the years. After being so out of touch with drawing and generally being artistic for the last few months this was a great little project for me. I chose to work with ruling pen and ink throughout the drawings.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Weekend in Liverpool

So a couple of weeks ago I spent the weekend in Liverpool with my mum for her belated birthday getaway. I love this city, you don't realise just how much there is to do. I took mum to see the Liverpool Tate which she'd never seen before. Unfortunately we didn't have time to see the Monet, Turner and Twombly exhibition however we have seen Monet and Turner exhibitions in the past so we weren't too disheartened. There was some great things on display in the gallery including Sophie Calle's 'The Hotel.' I'd heard about this prior to visiting the Tate and was delighted to see it on display. I loved her simple black and white photographs of what seemed like uninteresting images of various Hotel rooms, but the accompanying stories that came with the images gave the photos so much more meaning.

We also popped into the Walker Art Gallery which was exhibiting the John Moores Painting Prize. I got to see some fantastic paintings...some of my favourites were 'Peter' by David Hockney, 'Cow Mutations' by Tim Head and 'Blotter' by Peter Doig which I thought was especially beautiful. 1972 Olympic Posters were also on display in the gallery which were great, I've always been a fan of art used in the Olympic games.

Being in Liverpool, we of course had to do some Beatles activies, both being huge fans. We booked onto the Magical Mystery Bus Tour which really did exceed my expectations and I'd really recommend it to others in the future. We visited places I'd seen before such as Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields, but we also got to see the childhood homes of the fab four and many other places. We finished off at the Cavern pub which was certainly the highlight, I really felt like I'd stepped back in time. The atmosphere was just incredible as everyone drank, laughed and sang along to the live musician who of course dedicated a few numbers to the Beatles. If I could go back and experience any era, it would hands down have to be the 60s, and just standing there in the Cavern confirmed that for me. The music and the history that that era holds is something I just wish I had experienced, and I love hearing my mum tell me tales and stories of her experiences in the 60s!
The next day we also visited the Beatles' Story museum, something I've wanted to see for a long time. It's a wonderfully set out exhibition, making you feel right there on the Beatles' journey to super-stardom. I read a number of stories and found out many things I'd never known before, this was all of course accompanied by all my favourite songs as I walked through the exhibition. Just brilliant, would go back again. If only we had longer in Liverpool, but we managed to squeeze in a fair bit considering we were only there for a couple of days.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Back to Blogging

Well I've figured how much I miss blogging after a long break away, so I'm BACK. Leaving my MA Blog behind to return to this neglected, empty (for now) one. Hopefully it'll my brighten up with exciting things in no time.
Today I've been working on my website, bit late in the day but it's done. It's just a simple thing through Wix, which I actually think is a very useful template for a first go at website building. Anyway, here it is:!about/cy2g

Monday, 14 November 2011

Animal Sketches

Here's some of the drawings I've finished which I'm going to be combining with other media for my MA project...

Friday, 11 November 2011

Rhythm & Light

I recently stumbled upon an old memory stick with the original photographs taken for a group project from Art College called Rhythm and Light. We spent a couple of weeks experimenting with light, taking inspiration from light artists such as Lichtfaktor, and we used these three final images in the Rhythm and Light evening exhibition. These were projected onto three light boards which really made the light shine out from the photos.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Painting finished!

I finally finished the painting last night for my mum's colleague. He actually discovered this bug, which is called an Oxycera fallenii, and my mum and her colleagues thought this would be a nice leaving present. Not the funnest painting I've ever had to do, but hopefully they'll be pleased with it!