Hello! 2020 is over and a new school semester is almost here! As I wrap up my winter break, it has been interesting to look back on what I’ve accomplished over a very hectic holiday season. Even though this was a fairly unorthodox year, I still am marginally proud of myself for sticking to some goals I laid out. It may not have been a perfect effort but I hope to bring any of this self imposed discipline into my semester!
I may have skimped a little on my journal over the break but I did manage to paint something almost everyday. I experimented with old assignments (for better or worse), started new work, and have continued to enjoy learning on my own time.
The piece I may be most excited for is my restart of my old Hannibal painting. Over the last few days I started my composition and have been slowly tweaking as I go. I am still undecided as to what I intend the painting to look like. I don’t think I want to try to paint something overly realistic but I am not sure what makes a painting really look like my work. I enjoy that sort of struggle to find myself in these paintings and while I may never be a prolific painter, I value the catharsis it brings.
Oh! and I accidentally got paint on the wall behind my easel, so I decided to roll with it. I’m not sure exactly where I am going with this but it would be fun to have a Moby Dick themed wall in my studio so this may become a sea-scape.
Writing in the Future- I look forward to bringing some of this recent thought-process into my ceramics this year. The more comfortable I become with the technical ceramics process, the more excited I am to include more of my drawing and painting. I want to explore new shapes and rhythms, and work harder not to miss an opportunity to make a deeply personal work of art, something that helps me to express a bigger feeling, with every piece.
What’s Playing- It seems I’ve been in a fairly consistent music mood recently. This week’s song on repeat has been Goodnight, Texas’s A Bank Robber’s Nursery Rhyme, definitely a new favorite and a playful backdrop to some painting experiments.