Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Holiday.

So you've probably realised by now that this is not the kind of blog where a nice rosy sheen has been glossed over my life. I am not trying to sell you anything (though send me money if you like), I have a chronic illness, I do not live in a perfect house and my family are so un-photogenic I could only ever post stick figure drawings of them (faces pixelated) or arty photos taken in soft lens from the ankles down. So it wont surprise you any to hear that April is conforming to all expectations by being the crappiest month of the year. I had been literally just hanging in to finish up the terms work, counting the hours down I have to say, till Thursday afternoon when the term would come to an end and so too the painting component I'd come to find excruciating. This was partly due to the self portrait bit,  partly the pace, partly my inexperience with paint and mostly the evil virus that had taken hold (not even talking here about the one on the computer). The plan? I'd take a couple of days off, regroup and begin preparing for the grading interview scheduled for two weeks time. But then I hadn't fully registered the last day being reserved for a bit of Adobe photoshop, turning our final paintings into pdf files (huh?), getting them all special looking and to the printers before the holidays began. Sad to say I'm just not an intuitive learner when it comes to computers. Instead I'm the annoying person next to you at a computer course saying "Excuse me what did he just say about Control F?" or "Excuse me again, I'm sorry to bother you but I can't find the window I was just working on...", until you want to hit me over the head and I feel like the big loser I was when I did Stats at uni and 25% of the whole grade was for using a statistical program and I had no choice but to forfeit that 25% because I didn't even know how to use the coded door lock to get into the computer lab in the first place. Anyway to cut a long story short - I didn't finish my photoshop adjustments which meant instead of using the cheap college printers I had to do mine commercially at 500% the mark up. Also I lost my visual diary, ran around like a mad chook the next day, making two trips back into the school to look for it, mentally relinquished my studies, found it again, took  studies back up again (mentally), realised my children had hair lice, spent the day ridding us of them and washing every bit of bedding and clothing in the house and as a result I've done nothing for mid semester review next week...and all I want is just a few days off. Oh, and it's really cold and dark today.....sigh....
(It's a cute pic of a bunny though, right?). Source.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Supermarket Sarah.

Supermarket Sarah  covers her walls. With stuff you can buy. Just click on it and see if it's sold or not! It's beyond crazy and beyond original and beyond clever. Now she creates walls for big retail names and department stores like Selfridges .Remember now how I said I was going to start storing my junk up on the walls to get it out of the way?? I just had this really great idea....

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


This is how today should be spent. With a cup of tea and a magazine (the latest issue of Yen is particularly good - it has a great feature with some chosen illustrators re - imagining fairy tales!). Failing that wrapped up in bed. The start of really cold weather here, darker skies, earlier nights and an ongoing virus has sapped my motivation to finnish off some paintings for the grading coming up in two weeks. It doesn't help that the paintings are  - hmmm what's the right word to use here? - crap? -  and self portraits to boot. I know I should use this free day I have but all I want to do is blog, drink tea and then crawl into bed. Looks like I've made up my mind....

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Six Weeks Down.

Hard to believe I've made it through the first six weeks of my course, having completed the Sculpture and Printmaking components, simply because I didn't think I would.. I can't believe how intense the course is. Part of me wishes the pace was slower but if I'm honest another part of me is exhilarated by the challenge and having my skills pushed ahead like this. I worked really hard to complete the artists book that was to 'showcase' our lino efforts, thinking I would reward myself with some sewing projects afterwards but no time for that as it's right into the deep end now with painting - yikes! - and on goes the pace.......  I wish I could put up some photos of what I've done (the sculpture of my head - now abstracted in a surrealist style - to scare you and the bookmaking/lino print project because I really like it) but our main computer is out of action due to a virus (the whole thing now has to be emptied out and rebuilt) and I can't access my photos. I've had to satisfy myself with this beautiful image pinched from an Abundance recent post. Worth a visit there as Mady always has the most beautiful and inspiring images.
Another thing I'd like to put up is the zine I've made for the printmaking course. The first one I've ever made which was a lot of fun and exciting since I've always loved zines, though not done one myself. I'm even taking my teachers advice and have signed up for the Canberra Zine fair next week to try and make myself a neat $4.50. Oh all right, I hope to sell more than one, I can't lie, but if I make enough to buy a frivolous fashion magazine then I'll be happy. Actually I really want to read the book We Have Met The Enemy (have you heard of it?) about excess, temptation and addiction in our culture so I think I'll aim for that which will mean selling 8 of the little things. So wish me luck. I'll try and post it during the week (if only my partner could just get that little bit nerdier and fix the virus....). Hope you are having a great weekend.