With the end of the year approaching, I figured it’s time to wrap up the activity of my blog over the course of the year; condensing the highlights into one post and providing the links to the relevant posts that I’ve published.
At the beginning of 2015 and through until June time, I was still on my Art course at college, so my posting was irregular and I didn’t really put much thought into blogging. Since completing my course though I’ve stepped up a gear and started to post more regularly, redesigned the look of my blog and produced the artwork that I’ve wanted to.
With that in mind, I’ll start this review with the final piece of artwork that I produced for my college course, which now sits comfortably in my portfolio –
This painting, created entirely using coffee, depicts an imaginary scene showing the arrival of Coffee to Europe (Venice) and the opposition shown by the clergy. This piece was a very symbolic artwork and also very personal to myself; it also signifies the end of my time at college, the point where I left my tribe to go it alone in the world of art.
The write up that I did on this piece of work, explaining the scene and the symbolism involved can be found by clicking the title link above the image.
Once I was out of college, I spent some time trying to figure out which direction to head into, where I wanted to go with my artwork and what sort of art I intended to create; in terms of media and subject matter. I spent a lot of time meditating and reflecting on possibilities; how I could eventually turn the work I love into a suitable career and in which ways I could at that time market myself and my artwork.
The thinking that I did turned out to be very fruitful, I figured out what I wanted to do and the ways of going about it, I also decided to write up my artist statement; it isn’t set in stone and may be slightly changed in the future, but for now at least, it is very apt.
Whilst doing some personal research and looking through different artists and their work, I stumbled across an amazing artist, inspired by the work of J.R.R Tolkien, much like myself. I decided to write a featured artist post and write a short review on some of his artwork.
A question that I decided needed an answer from myself, I thought deeply on the question and came up with my thoughts on the concept of talent and aptitude. I found it interesting to really delve into a question and write a slightly philosophical post, answering the question from my own perspective.
The Matthew Stewart post that I wrote, inspired me to work on a project of my own, inspired by both J.R.R Tolkien and Peter Jackson, I decided to tackle the Lord of the Rings; carrying out a series of sketches and drawings, eventually culminating into a final piece painted in oils, to add to my portfolio.
This project has been the biggest part of the year for myself and my blog, it’s been a process of learning and constantly adapting.
Alongside the posts that i published showing my own artwork, I also wrote and published several posts on other artists inspired by Tolkien, I’ll list them all below with links –
The Jerry Vanderstelt post was an interesting one, I had never heard of him before and found him whilst browsing the Weta Workshop Store. After looking at the variety of his work I then decided to write a more in depth post on one particular piece –
I also went on to write another post on some of John Howe’s concept art for the Lord of the Rings movies, focusing solely on his concept sketches rather than his painted works –
The most recent post I’ve written, was earlier this month, and although it may be too soon to put the link here, I will just in case you missed it previously, or in case you’ve only just discovered my blog.
I wrote this post as one of my insight writings, I’ve always felt inspired by the Renaissance era and the workshops that the artists were apprenticed to in order to begin their road to mastery played a huge part in the history of art.
The Year Ahead
I have a lot of plans for 2016 as for as my artwork and blog are concerned, I intend to keep blogging regularly, at least fortnightly and sometimes more. I also need to get more use out of the Sketchbook page I added to the blog earlier this year. There will be many more insight writings, reviews of other artists and I also want to write a bit of art history.
I will be spending a lot more time learning and taking an atelier based approach to my education over the next year, also enrolling into a life drawing class once I’ve got my driving license and can get there, which should be soon. Once my life drawing skills have improved more I will be posting the best of my results on here as well as other general sketches. I need to not only carry a sketchbook with me everywhere, but I need to use it.
As for projects, I will be doing a few smaller scale things, nothing quite as long and drawn out as the Lord of the Rings project was this year, I want to learn many facets of oil painting and that will involve creating more smaller scale studies.
My portfolio is like a widow’s cupboards at the moment as well, so carrying out smaller scale projects will provide the opportunity to build that up; working only now in the media that I’m comfortable with despite being new to; pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolour and my favourite of all, oil paint.
There’s a lot to accomplish and get stuck into in 2016, I have to remember that the masters of old had the same amount of hours in a day as I do and stop whinnying about time and just crack on. It’s the point now of turning a comfortable habit into an outright obsession, not leaving anything to chance!
I would like to say thank you to everyone that has been on this journey with me so far, and I hope you continue to walk the long road ahead with me. Thank you to all my readers and visitors, and all those in support.
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Until next year, all the best and take care!!!