Finally got around to doing some well overdue site updates today. I re-arranged the "personal" section of work and amalgamated a few sections that didn't really need to be separated. Here is some of my life drawing and painting from the last year, all done as part of Applied Arts course in CCAD.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Yesterday evening I went to the opening of a special art exhibition / event just off Douglas St. in Cork. It's called Notions and it's the work of my good friend, Lauren Baylor. It's so beautiful! It's only open for 3 days and it's in a garden in a convent in the middle of the city, a really serene location. It's based on a story that Lauren has written, the story is so lovely. It's autobiographical, but in Lauren's inimitable fantastical way. I'll ask her if I can reproduce some of it here on the blog.
Here are some pics of the exhibition taken yesterday evening. It's open until tomorrow so i'd recommend popping in. She's selling some really beautiful photographs connected to the work which I hope she'll show on her own blog soon.
I spoke to Lauren today and she gave permission to reproduce some of the (beautiful) story on the blog. Here it is:
Part of it became alive by these characters whose liveliness could spark up a room and animate the night Fiery, warm and fun
Then there was the other part, the art? The quieter one that was dark and the sorrow wanted to dominate
Have you ever met someone and felt like you knew them before? They have these powers, you see They share and can feel what you feel like sweets...mmm! or a cut knee
She loves to question and inquire (and hoard up all the answers) She also loves to journey With arms outstretched she dances
Also she is usually mostly starving
WOW, it's all so good. These few paragraphs really aren't doing it justice. I'll leave you with this one last bit...
The heat turns, It bubbles, boils and in a ball-shape it burns The speed it travels Its insides push to the out in a constant race, self-propelling its journey
Is it getting faster? Could it even get hotter? The atmosphere, the darkness, the silence have broken A freak spell like, terror, crackling the air, it fights against itself
Its direction is erratic Its energy majestic The space it finds itself in has transformed in so brief a moment But its impact will last
like the first time you click with someone...time has no meaning any longer, that familiarity of friendship withstands time
This invasion is fiery, quick but it leaves a warmth, like the memory of and unexpected embrace.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
A series of lino prints created as part of the curriculum studies module in the H.Dip for Art and Design teachers. I used a photoshop painting I did a few years ago (pictured below) as a starting off point. I hadn't done lino since school and I really enjoyed this process, particularly experimenting with cross-hatching to build up tone and depth and printing on different types of paper for different results.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
First ever wire sculpture! This was done as part of the curriculum studies module for the H. Dip in art and design teaching. I focused on retaining the cleanness of the wire line and building this as sparsely as possible. I went on to build another wire sculpture, taking the opposite approach - layering it up with loads of wire to create texture. I'll photograph that and pop that up here too when I get a chance.
We've finished semester one now, it's been great! I've really enjoyed it. We don't have college again now until February so it will be really nice to be able to fully concentrate on teaching at school and put in longer days there.
One of my first year groups recently completed these animations in our art class. I'm so impressed with how much they learned and how well they applied it, we had very limited time to complete these animations and I thought that we would still be working on them after Christmas, happily, they all got done in time for the Christmas break. So proud of them!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
I'm doing illustration with one of my first year classes at the moment. I've rediscovered a load of illustrators that I used to follow fairly closely, but kind of lost touch with due to becoming so busy. I love these illustrations from Kristian Hammerstad! Really fun and retro, tapping into an old school b-movie horror vibe.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
These are a few monoprints I did as part of the H.Dip course. The two more drawn-looking ones are based on previous drawings i've done (the hair one should be pretty familiar - i've gotten great mileage out of that!). I love the very different line quality that monoprint affords. The slightly scary one was made by taking away ink from the plate using the back of a paintbrush and a piece of bark, a totally alternative way of creating an image and it can have very interesting / different results. It's coming close to the end of semester one now, feeling the pressure!!