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So Long, Farewell….

I have decided to start a new blog in keeping with the new direction my art is taking. Please follow me at http://confessionsinart.co.uk

Thanks for your continued support xxx

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News Flash – Summer’s Over

I have recently celebrated my birthday and to me once it is over, so is summer. And the weather forecast appears to be backing me up on this one. The good news is that the winter months are always a lot more productive than the summer ones, and uni year 2 is advancing quickly on me so I’ll have lots of things to write about and show you. In the meantime, here is my most recent work from my journal:

Journal

Storming Through

The rains have come, bringing with them a refreshing new energy. What is it about unsettled weather that seems to ground me? I suppose I don’t feel like I am missing anything if it is miserable outside….

So a very productive day with lots done and I have completed a piece that has been sat half-finished for weeks. It represents my mental unrest:

 

Satisfy My Soul

The Inevitable Summer Lull

A seasonal halt has occurred. Creativity has been traded for days lazing in the sun. Well we only get a few weeks of summer a year in England (if we’re lucky) so I can justify the use of my time to a large extent. As long as I don’t send myself crazy in my laziness like I did last year.

Just because I have no credible evidence for it, doesn’t mean the cognitive juices aren’t flowing. I have a big project in the pipeline once I have a slightly more affluent bank account. I am also still pondering life’s problems and struggling through Zizek’s “The Sublime Object of Ideololoy.”

In light of the lazy summer days, there isn’t much else to report. Other than I’m still smoke-free. I’m off the wagon now but still feel it is relatively under control. And news just in; my sugar cravings have subsided! So the only real mental weight on this fine day is to try and maintain a healthy balance of leisure time and productivity, and to make sure I keep up the good work on the rest!

Park

Photoshop Battles

My aim for the next stage of my creative development is to experiment with the manipulation of digital media. Adobe products seem to be THE thing to be proficient in in the world of art and design so I thought I better learn how to use some of the software.

I have created a piece to represent my desire for inner peace entitled “Serene.” Serene definitely wasn’t how I was feeling when I was battling with the user interface of Photoshop but it has been a valuable learning experience and I have learnt some skills that I hope I can take to new and exciting levels.

Serene

Cake 1 – Cigarette 0

An ironic piece of photography to represent addiction and the birth of one bad habit in place of another. And ironically I couldn’t wait to dispose of the stinking cancer stick and eat the cake!

Like a lot of cakes with a burning stick in them, it also represents a milestone; a month without nicotine or alcohol. I have also managed to sit down the pub and the local park without faltering. So, today I say no to guilt; I deserve to have my cake and eat it!

 

Cake

Sweet Escapism

So this weekend I have been pondering escapism and the human need for pleasure. Sometimes these pleasures or forms of escapism can turn into addictions and this is something I have been exploring after recently quitting smoking and drinking and becoming aware of other things that could replace the cravings previously felt for nicotine and alcohol. Luckily I have only developed a sweet tooth rather than a crack cocaine habit! Still, this highlights the human condition and our need to escape the pain of reality and internal struggles in exchange for external pleasures.

I have used my new found sweet tooth to create some ironic and satirical photo’s to represent addiction, and the struggles we all face as conscious pleasure seeking human beings.

Sweets

Cooking up sweets

Cooking up sweets

Chocoholic/Alcoholic