Over the summer, and particularly since my last university project - researching into Visual Migraine Auras, which I sometimes suffer from - I have really felt my artwork become more personal. It feels like it has "opened up" and a more experimental process has become the most enjoyable part.
I have found a new love in abstract mark making, which I feel has derived from my fondness of bold colour and pattern. (On a side note; I have become obsessed with pattern design and this has flourished into a career aspiration! Hopefully I'll be writing about this soon!)
So this summer has consisted of a lot of new artist inspiration; bouncing ideas between my friend Flo ~check her out at floblogcroft.wordpress.com, she's fab!~ and myself, for experimental work; and finding new colour and form inspiration in the world around me!
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A lot of my "summer inspo' " as I'm calling it, has come from nature! Since Easter, I'd been getting up at ridiculous o'clock to start my summer job working in a deli kitchen - which is a lot more fun than it sounds! A big upside were the beautiful sunrises I was able to witness and capture. Even in just the ten minute drive to work, the colours and clouds and shadows would all shift and create some incredible scenes. I just got that "WOW" feeling!
So, whenever there was a particularly beautiful sunrise, I would take a picture (safely pulling over of course!). Just seeing them gave me the inspiration and want to suddenly mark down the colours in a painting.
My annual family holiday to Corfu, also instilled some incredible inspiration. All of the pastel chalky buildings against bright turquoise seas! I tried to get as many colours down as I could, with the hope to put them into paintings and patterns later. I began to draw a lot of the vegetation too: Every line and shadow became a lot of intriguing! But I definitely favour the sky and sea, mostly for their blends of colour and light.
Finding inspiration in nature has been refreshing for both myself and my practice - I highly recommend! My style has transformed into something much more expressive, and I think the process is my favourite part! Chucking around paint and tidying up with line and cutting back into, feels so natural.
The fabulous Instragram has also given me great new ideas, through new artists and their video "how-to's". Some of my particular favourites are...
@ addicted_to_patterns Surface design by Justyna Medon; hand printed bespoke wallpapers and textiles, that I am just obsessed with!
@ kadyberrydesign Kady Berry, an "encaustic artist and maker of patterns" of great painterly textured,
@ mitchgobel_resinart Expressive life and work of Mitch Gobel and Sally Mustang: abstract, natural,
@ angemillerart Angela Miller - use her hashtag #artflowsessions to catch up with her mini tutorials of super abstract paintings,
@ inkandindigo Emily Mann has become a favourite of mine, in line pattern as well as texture,
@ eva_magill_oliver Fab textured collage work by Eva Magill-Oliver
...check them out!