Ink art work – Seed head – endings and beginnings

Endings and beginnings 

This year I have discovered fluidity and permanence of colour with acrylic ink. This is a joy to use enabling me to create in a fairly short time scale, a further range of artworks on the theme of Seedhead – endings and beginnings.An exhibition space in a very sunny library window during the Burnham Art Trail 2012 required lightfast colour and light weight artworks. More work was developed and exhibited in the Summer of Art marquee at the Sparks Will Fly festival in Hylands Park and later in the Maldon Art Trail.

The black drawn element of the artwork is Indian ink, again very lightfast and permanent. Due to the application of medium this may appear to be a print but it is a painting using watercolour techniques and masking out with poster paint to place the indian ink.

I have found this is a good route for freeing up my output, making some of the backlog of ideas out and visible.



Independent and teaching

Independent art teaching? This for me refers to self employed management and development of art workshops and courses instead of working for the county council. But I am always aware that the skills I think would be useful for other people to do their own art are mediated by my art education, continuing practice, reference to the outside world plus what people want.

How to pull it together? Personally the slog (part time 2 years) of studies for a post graduate teaching certificate helped me to understand (amongst many things) how to create a structure and environment for learning that I can use. Not only a relaying of information on how to do and think about things in different ways but the opportunity to learn as a group for creativity and fun. It is really good to see people taking hold of art skills and using them for their individual creative ideas.

Additional to my art practice this has been and will continue to be a part of my activities, building up over venues, updating advertising for a recognition of available local art workshops. Now to give renewed thought to getting my artwork out and visible in new venues and with new opportunities.

Next update – Where and what – artwork. Future subjects – formal art education and art schools.