I’ve decided to stay in Norwich and carry on working over Easter, I’m very aware of time constraints and not being able to use the studios after the degree show install. I’m also struggling at the moment with scale and reference material – there is a danger that I make something without fully experimenting first, and the work will come out looking uninformed or under developed.
The 2 smaller blue paintings I’ve been working on were stretched this week, I’m sort of a bit disappointed in what they look like now – without the blue border I think they loose a bit of the depth that they had.
I think for now I’m going to keep them stretched, but it might be that if I come to display them at some point I might consider taking them off the stretchers again. Working in this way with a very limited palette seems to have helped me – I think the kitchen scene with the figure in the door frame works much better like this, I’m now considering going back to the original, large-scale piece and trying to apply the same sort of neutralness. I think In future, it might be better for me to prime on-stretcher, remove and then work on the canvas unstretched as I had some trouble lining the images up on the stretchers with no guide. The canvas also isn’t as taught as I’d like, in fear of splitting the acrylic paint I went for a slacker stretch, so I think stretching, then priming, might be the way to go.
I’ve started preparing another surface, a canvas I primed last year but never used. I’m planning on using some stills from a recording I took of myself and a housemate watching TV. I’m not going to edit these pre-painting, but I’m hoping that if I limit the number of sessions that I paint in the colour will stay fairly neutral/accurate. I’m a bit worried about the graininess of these images and whether or not this will affect the way they translate onto a larger scale.
I’m also beginning to think more about how I market myself, trying to create some sort of online presence so that there is a greater chance I will be motivated to carry on my practice beyond university. I’m also considering publishing a small book of writing and documentation so submit alongside my work. I think that the more professional I’m able to come across and the more conscious I am of how I present myself, the more accessible my work will be.