Hogarth’s Morality Paintings and other inspirations

As part of my desire to create more meaningful art I have been looking at Hogarth’s Morality Paintings. In around 1743 he created a series of paintings called Marriage A-la-Mode. They are a series of six paintings that he created with the intent to make engravings from them as that was how Hogarth made muchContinue reading “Hogarth’s Morality Paintings and other inspirations”

Planning for my exhibitions

With the pandemic dominating every aspect of life, the inevitable life re-evaluation takes place. I have found myself wanting my paintings to be so much more than well-executed paintings of beautiful bras. Suddenly it seems I should do something far more important with them to mark this time in history. I have been inevitably thinkingContinue reading “Planning for my exhibitions”

Work in progress part 2

The painting that I am currently working on is breaking new ground for me in more ways than one. Firstly, because I am working in mixed media for the first time and secondly, because it is making me consider working in other ways and not just in realism. Because of time restraints I decided toContinue reading “Work in progress part 2”

Artists I admire part 4.

There are many things I am thankful for in regards to being a student and alumni of Aberystwyth University. And I am so fortunate to be able to live in this beautiful part of Wales. One of the things that I really appreciate is having the opportunity to meet other artists. Professional artists, who haveContinue reading “Artists I admire part 4.”

Realist or Photorealist?

As part of studying for either a BA or MA in Fine Art, you are expected to do a lot of research. Research about other artists and the history of art and place yourself within that context. For me this proved a little difficult as I haven’t, as yet, found anyone else who paints brasContinue reading “Realist or Photorealist?”

Exhibition Photography

After publishing the blog post about my disastrous graduation pieces I realised that I forgot to show the photographs that were shown alongside the two paintings. The photos were my saving grace, without them, I may not have passed my exhibition module so I thought it would be a shame for you not to seeContinue reading “Exhibition Photography”

Work in progress part 1

This painting has probably been my most difficult painting yet, not because of the gap of almost two years when I didn’t paint at all, though that undoubtedly didn’t help, but because of my own self-doubts about whether I could do this university thing again. I always place too much pressure on myself and endContinue reading “Work in progress part 1”

Lockdown malaise

When the prospect of being furloughed and staying home to continue with my uni work first became a thing, I was quite relieved. I am not too proud to admit that I have been struggling to fit two part-time jobs in with my uni work. You see, there’s one thing about me that only thoseContinue reading “Lockdown malaise”

Coping with Covid_19

When I began my MA I did not envisage being in the situation we all find ourselves in now. Uni is closed and I am holed up in my flat like the siege of Stalingrad is going on outside. But this situation is no joke. We are living in unprecedented and scary times indeed. SoContinue reading “Coping with Covid_19”

Falling back in love with painting

It has been almost two years since I last wrote a blog post. I didn’t post the photos of my ‘finished’ paintings for my graduation show because I hated them so much! They were rushed and it showed. I am a perfectionist and I put so much pressure on myself that I couldn’t paint. TheContinue reading “Falling back in love with painting”