The beginning of the “Journey” prac.

Yesterday I had a panic moment. I realized I had not yet developed a concept for my art practical that I will be working on for the next four weeks. Like a true procrastinator I sat and had tea with a jumble of people who happened to be at my house, sighing sporadically and explaining the woes of an art student to anyone who asked.

The theme of the impending artwork is “Journey”, and as it was I had no direction for it. I usually spend time developing my concepts and exploring ideas, but I knew I had 24 hours to thumbsuck something worthwhile. After all, this is matric and concept is everything.

One of the women that was at our house having tea was staying with us for the weekend. My mom had met her only a week previously, developing connection with her and her travelling companion. They were on holiday from Germany and needed someone to show them the sights. Unfortunately, there was a traumatic situation and this woman had to separate from her friend and leave South Africa early. She needed a comfortable and safe environment for the weekend, so my mom offered her our spare room.

Someone suggested that I speak to her about her journey. I had a spark of imagination and asked if she would mind being part of my art practical. She obliged and we sat down for an interview. Three and a half A3 pages and over an hour of audio recording later, I knew most of her life story and I was late for church. What an incredible woman! Hearing her speak and visualizing her life inspired me to use her story, her journey, as the focus of my prac.

She has lived through so much and come out so beautifully. She prefers that I do not share anything personal on the internet, so I will respect that. But oh my goodness. Her story leaves me speechless. I am so excited to express the experiences she told me about as I see them in my mind’s eye.

Sometimes procrastination leads to the most wonderful concepts. Most of the time it leads to half-baked ideas.

Fan-girl Friday: Copic markers

Whenever I plan to have any structure on this blog I manage to fail epically.

Not this time! I want to start doing something here called ‘Fan-girl Fridays’. The idea is to share every Friday something that I’m loving, or ‘fan-girling’ over. This will range from new things, to old things and will include writing by other people, books, movies, make-up, pens, music, people, furniture, pictures and much more. If I like it, you will know about it.

So to kick off my first Fan-girl Friday, here’s something I’ve had for a while, but fell in love with yesterday.

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Its my Copic markers! I only have two colours, Light Pink and Pale Cobalt Green, but I love them! Mine are the ‘Ciao’ markers. They create such smooth colour and are perfect for these little illustrations that I have been doing. The one pictured is not one of my best as it was super rushed, but I like it anyway because it captured a piece of my day. The colours go beautifully together and they are super fluid with a tip on each side of the marker; one is like a Highlighter’s shape and the other is a brush shape with a flexible tip. Copic has a wide range of products, so check out their website if you’re interested in what they have to offer.

If you’re arty, into illustrating, enjoy crafting or just appreciate a good marker, you need to give these a shot. I didn’t buy mine for myself, they were a gift from my person, but I think that they are available at the Deckle Edge. They’re on the expensive end of things, but they truly are worth it.

my passion

What a beautiful time we have had on the farm! It has been incredible to relax with family and friends in these beautiful surroundings. I have so enjoyed the different lifestyle that I experience every time I come here. Time seems to have slowed down and moments are filled with happiness, while others are filled with sadness as I take the time to reflect on the past year since I was here.

Everything around me is inspiring me at the moment. It leaves me itching to draw and create, however for some reason I still haven’t managed to pick up a pencil or paintbrush for about a week. I’ve been preoccupied with activities and people. Art is my passion and I can’t forget it. Its always in the forefront of my mind, reminding me to slow down and capture life with lead and line.

I’m so grateful to have this passion that drives me to do something. I feel like I’m truly me when I have a brush in my hand.

happy moments

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My heart is happy. After a weird two days that are kind of mashed in my brain, I feel I’m getting somewhere. I did some source book work this evening while Paige sat on my floor and wrote an essay for college. There is just something about sharing that time, listening to awesome music and feeding off each other’s creativity. This girl, she inspires me a whole bunch.
Above are random little sketches inspired by a piece I’m working on as my exam practical at the moment. Its pages like this that make me smile. Many layers, so much feeling and a speed that captures the moment in a way that meticulousness can’t. They may not be accurate, but they are me. These are the pictures that best show the world a little of who I am. If I explained my source book to anyone, they would probably know everything about me.