Got a fair hoard of goodies today to play with so hopefully I should have an exciting canvas to show you all at some point! I actually have a surprising amount of stuff I need to do considering it’s Sunday so I’ll have to see how I get on considering my gut instinct is to play Fallout and eat pizza…
Yesterday, about this time I was returning home for a hot shower and a cup of tea after my first 24hr comic event. I’m still slightly recovering today, I feel a fair bit more sluggish and achey than normal and yesterday was a sleepy blur!
First thoughts, initially the things that concerned me were primarily: could I stop up for the full 24hrs? Would I finish in time?
So when I first started I structured a story based off the prompts/fact cards that were put out for us, they were Truro based facts and were really interesting. For my story I grabbed as many of these facts as I could and rolled them into one sort of place and then created a narrative for it. Upon reflection I feel the story potentially was a bit cheesy/feel-good. I hadn’t really anticipated the story writing side of things which was silly! I also went a little bit crazy with colour and didn’t limit my colour palette at all.
I think next time I’m going to spend more time to make more considered decisions, I was very worried I wouldn’t finish on time if I didn’t start straight away but I ended up working pretty quickly and finished at 5am, that was working on A4 in watercolour/acrylic painting. Also I was contemplating working on A5 next time, the scale might encourage me to be a bit more creative with breaking up the page.
Funnily enough the staying awake wasn’t really an issue for me, I felt pretty chipper about it and just chewed airwaves when I started getting dozy. I also had a migraine the night before so didn’t really sleep much and had spent 12hours on a coach ahah so I supposed if I managed to stop up after that I should always be able to do it anytime!
Overall, absolutely fantastic time and I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat! I actually hope I get the chance to do it again so I can put my reflections into practice!
Wearing no make-up was a good choice, I may have looked a little plain faced in the photos but at least I didn’t look like a weepy panda the next morning!
'Six artists will be creating paintings, sculpture and maybe something a little different on the streets of Truro on Saturday 5 April.'
Well it seems that I turned out to be the ‘something a little bit different’! As those of you who follow my work may be aware I don’t often use canvas so I bought some nice handmade paper from Truro Arts. It was a rainy/dreary day but I had my rather animated gazebo to keep me sheltered. In the end I started drawing every umbrella I saw and this turned out to be the basis for my project. I created a book called ‘Mizzle’ which was a collection of drawings/watercolour paintings of the umbrella’s I’d seen throughout the day.
It was interesting actually the rainy day part turned out to be a highlight for me because I don’t really get the opportunity to draw in the rain, if I do it’s usually very quick and heavily affected by the fact I want to be somewhere dry! So having the luxury of a dry gazebo and table to draw from was great.
'Mizzle' and my other painting are on display at the Lander Gallery in Truro until the 19th April.
(I’ll post some gallery photos and the drawings that I did soon)