Wednesday, 24 March 2010

To Sell Or Not To Sell That Is The Question!

So as you know lately I have really got back into art and painting. I keep coming up with ideas and i just need to get them onto paper. For some reason I got the idea into my head that I might be able to sell my art and actually make a bit of a profit.

So here it goes!

With the creative geniusness of my Boyfriend I will aim to get my art out there and seen and hopefully sold to the public. My boyfriend is going to help me design and make a website to house all my creative pieces of crap (lol) and I will have an online shop for people to purchase my art.

This genius idea can only go one of two ways...

1. It can be great. It can be an amazing success I will sell all my pieces and have commitions for more art and become an amazing famous rich artist over night.


2. It can fail. I could get no intrest in my art. I can sell nothing and just be left with a flat full of unsold art.

Either way I'm not fussed I'm not in it for the money or the fame (although both would be nice) I'm in it for the art... I'm doing something I love that makes me happy and I will have an adventure while I'm doing it. Sucesss or not I will have fun and get to do what I love and if it works out then I have more fun and be even happier!

Wow can't boyfriends just be the most inspiring people. Without him I would still be a bored lonley nobody with no confidence to pick up a paint brush, let alone start my own site and display my art to the word and try to sell it!

Here goes nothing...

Thursday, 18 March 2010

"he's a dedicated follower of fashion."

So ive got back into painting lately. I always liked painting but kinda lost my confidence in it after failing A level art. Not that it bothered me much it was more the fact that i couldnt explain what I painted rather than that I wasn't good at painting. I'm not saying im amazing at painting because I know I'm not, I'm no Monet, nor am I the next Banksy. I paint what I like. I might try and sell some of my art if possible but if it doesnt work out it doesnt work out, I'm not trying to make a living out of it!

Anyway back to what this blog was intended for.... So I got back into painting and for some reason I was going on a bit of a Mod theme... I dont know why but I like it!

So here is what I came up with...

Random patten with the 'Mod' symbol associated with The Who!

A bit of a Mod overload!

I like bright bold colourful art that uses repetative pattens!


Tuesday, 16 March 2010

The Future In The Past!

So pretty much everyone I know knows how I am a bit of a geek at times. I like comics and sci-fi and if I admit it I actualy liked algebra when I was in school... Im probably the only person in the world that does!
But not alot of people know I have a facination with steampunk. I can't really explain what it is specificaly, but the following video should explain more...

I like the scultural aspect of the idea. At some point I would love to create something for myself in the steampunk style if I ever get around to it! Probablly a cool clock or something!

Thursday, 11 March 2010

A Work In Progress

Hmm... So I woke this morning and decided to create a bit of art. I dont know where the idea came from or why or what it is going to be but i decided to pick up a pencil and put the idea to the page. After a while it was sketched out and onto the paint I went. I like to work mainly with Acrylic paint as its the easiest and gives the best finish I think. And this is what I have so far....

Ive finished with it for now but I still feel as though its unfinished... But I don't know what to add to it to make it a proper finished piece. I just like the black and white grafic design of it!

But what now??????....

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Passed Down From Generation To Generation!

So I have had an on going joke with my mum for years now on the fact that in every family there should be something passed down from generation to generation. Whether it be wisdom, facts or actual physical objects. Ive always said to my mum that there must be something that has been passed down the family. Some familys its a wedding ring passed from grandmother to grandaughter. Others its a watch from father to son. Another could be the key to the best roast dinner, or the secret ingridient to aunt Sue's famous apple pie. Either way most familys have one.
The on going joke between my mother and I is that our family don't have one. As far as I am aware my father has not passed a watch down to my brother, nor has my grandmother passed down her jewelry. There is no secret ingridient to aunt Sue's pie, but thats mainly because aunt Sue doesnt exist. My mother may have passed down some of her wisdom on the roast dinner front. But that is mainly just timing is everything. For ages I thought that no objects or wisdom had been passed down our family for generation to generation but today I found it. Today I realised what it is that has been passed down.
Not the most amazing object of beauty nor the most powerful part of wisdom. No, but the part of my life that has been affected by the previous generation is this....................................

This is the fridge and the knowledge passed down to me by my parents has influenced my use of the fridge. I know it sounds strange and I know it might make me a little crazy but this is how i was brought up to think. And now I have realised that this is the wisdom and knowledge that I have had passed down to me. My mum has given me the knowledge that you should keep every condiment and food stuff contained in a jar you may ever need in the fridge! Yes I have ketchup, brown sauce, mayo, salad cream, garlic and hearb dressing, nando's sauce, mustard, beatroot, jam and olives. I may not use them on a daily basis but I do know if they are ever needed they will be in my fridge. This may not seem like important information but to me it was always something I knew, something I had been taught!
The second piece of knowledge passed down from the older generation to me comes courtesy of my dad. I had never realised the wisdom that he had passed down until now. This wisdom also realates to the fridge. And this is that you should always have a packet of dark chocolate digestives in the fridge! They cant simply be contained in a biscuit tin as the chocolate will melt. Or as I see it, that in the tin they will be forgoten but in the fridge everytime you go there you will see them and you will want one, even if you are just about to make dinner. For years I never wondered why the buscuits were in the fridge, I just saw it as fact, chocolate buscuits belong in the fridge. Now I realise not alot of people feel the same but I shall forever keep my chocolate digestives in the fridge.
So now I know there is something that has passed down the generations. It might not be of great value or great importance but it has stuck with me.
All I can say now is I feel sorry for any effect I have on a future generation, I think I will stick to good old fashioned Wisdom.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

"Everybody is less mysterious than they think they are." A Top 5 To Be Shameful Of!

As a film student you would think that my top 5 favourite films would be a diverse mixture of cinematic greats and cultural blockbusters. But sadly not... My top 5 looks more like a top 5 guilty pleasures list. But anyway here it is...

Number one! My favourite film of all time is.......

"We go together like rama lama lama ke ding a de dinga a dong remembered for ever like shoo bop shoo wadda wadda yipitty boom de boom"...


Yes I know its sad but its a musical and I have loved it since i was about 5! I even have the soundtrack... Although I have alot of soundtracks!

Number 2! Another classic! First watched at a sleep over when I was in primary school! I fell in love instantly! ...

"Me? I'm scared of everything. I'm scared of what I saw, I'm scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I'm scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I'm with you."...

Dirty Dancing!

Number 3! Romantic in its own fucked up kinda way!...

"People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can't rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right."...

The Crow

Number 4! Some of the best music picked for a soundtrack ever! ...

"If it wasn't this... it'd be something else"...


Last but not least ... Number 5! The film with my other obession in life! John Cusack...

"Jonathan Trager, prominent television producer for ESPN, died last night from complications of losing his soul mate and his fiancee. He was 35 years old. Soft-spoken and obsessive, Trager never looked the part of a hopeless romantic. But, in the final days of his life, he revealed an unknown side of his psyche. This hidden quasi-Jungian persona surfaced during the Agatha Christie-like pursuit of his long reputed soul mate, a woman whom he only spent a few precious hours with. Sadly, the protracted search ended late Saturday night in complete and utter failure. Yet even in certain defeat, the courageous Trager secretly clung to the belief that life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences. Uh-uh. But rather, its a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite, sublime plan. Asked about the loss of his dear friend, Dean Kansky, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and executive editor of the New York Times, described Jonathan as a changed man in the last days of his life. "Things were clearer for him," Kansky noted. Ultimately Jonathan concluded that if we are to live life in harmony with the universe, we must all possess a powerful faith in what the ancients used to call "fatum", what we currently refer to as destiny."...


So there we have it... A top 5 of shameful films in most peoples opinions but to me they have marked to happiest times in my life! The have made me feel a certain way and whenever i watch them that feeling comes back to me, just when I need it!

I Heart Street Art?

Ive been a fan of Banksy for sometime and as a film student I of course love films and going to the cinema. So when Banksy ventured out into film making to create 'Exit Through The Gift Shop' I thought two of my favourite things have come together colliding in a mess of art and film madness... And i wasnt far wrong!

Warning Spoilers Ahead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Guerilla artist turned guerilla film maker Banksy created the film out of a messed up camera reversal with
Thierry Guetta, a french man who started out with a filming obssesion and soon became a street artist himself. The film started out just as a project of Thierry's, he filmed every part of his life that he could. Venturing out with his cousin the street artist Space Invader, he started to film street art and became more and more involved with the movement. Soon he found himself filming as many street artists as possible and he told them it was all for a documentary, that at the time he had no intentions of making. Once Thierry had become fully submerged in the street art world one artists name kept coming up. BANKSY! He tried everything he could to get close to Banksy but he had no leads or he found connections to Banksy but they wouldnt give him the vital information he needed to find the artist. Soon enough Banksy came to LA and through some connections contacted Thierry believeing that he was the one who knew the great graffi spots in the area. After a while Banksy and Thierry become friends and Thierry becomes Banksys right hand man. Soon enough Banksy realises that the supposed street art documentary isnt going to be made. So he makes Thierry sit down and collect all his footage from the last few years to create the documentary. When Banksy sees the final cut he is supprised... And not in a good way.
This is where the film flips into the hands of Banksy. Convinced that Thierry is not a film maker but merely a camera man, filming what he sees. He persuaded Thierry to create art himself while Banksy sorted the film footage and fliped the camera onto documenting Thierry.

And i think i'll leave it there so I dont spoil the entire film! I think that the way the film suddenly jumps from one focus to another creates a very intresting piece. And what can you really expect from Banksy ... A straight forward Film? Really?

What does a scanner see? Into the head? Into the heart? Does it see into me? Clearly? Or darkly?

I really like the film 'A Scanner Darkly' mainly for its artistic use of rotoscoping but also its sci-fi esk plot line! Although I dont believe i fully understand it all.

I was inspired by the film to create some portraits based around screen shots from the film.

Here is Bob Arctor/Fred/Bruce

Here is Donna Hawthorne/Hank/Audrey

And here is Charles Freck

I tried to create images similar to the style of the images shown on screen in the film!

A photo I took of one of my favourite trees... This tree is in Camden Lock and I think it is beautiful with its pink blossom.

I have an obsession with trees and I love tree photography! I took this photo last summer and will take another at some point during the winter to see how the tree has changed during the seasons!

My favourite tree is located in Greenwich park. I dont seem to have a photo of it though. But at some point I will.

Wildlife Photography

Just some photos I have taken of animals!
I aim to fill my blog with all the creative things I have made or enjoy as well as random thoughts and mumblings I have had! I will fill it with paintings and drawings photos and videos, and anything else I can think of!

Its all new to me!

I decided to create a blog so I could have somewhere to vent my random thoughts as well as show my art to the world! I do not pretend that I am a great artist I just like making art wheather it is good or not is not for me to comment on! I warn you now im not very good with spelling so if anything is spelt wrong then i appologise! This blogging thing is all new to me so if it goes all wrong and upside down then im sorry! Now all i must say is enjoy my random posts! x