School’s Out For Summer!

That’s right! As of this Monday night that just passed I am done with Uni for the year. I spent all of last week finishing off artworks for my folio and writing up a few assignments. I’m relieved that it’s all over, it’ll be great to have a bit of time off, but I know in a few weeks I’ll be missing uni like crazy.

I’m working on keeping myself busy so I don’t miss it too much though. I’ve just started volunteering at a local gallery and in a few weeks I’ll start my Christmas Job – decorating custom Christmas balls! I’m going to be just covered in glitter constantly. Of course I’m also still drawing pictures all the time, I’ve got a bunch of pages in my art diary to scan up. I’ve also been toying with the idea of having a crack at NaNoWriMo and I want to start working on my crochet again (I spent a few hours tonight just untangling yarn). No rest for the wicked right?

I was kind of silly and forgot to take photos of all of my finished works for the year, I’ll just have to do that when I get my grades back and the email letting me know when to pick up my artworks.

I did remember to take this one photo while I was finishing things off.


On the left we have “La Madamoiselle” who was from the week we were working with a limited palette using only complimentary colours. On the right is a painting that was created using a monochromatic black created from mixing other colours, and of course greys by then adding white to it. I can’t remember what I named that one. I’ll find out when I get it back. I probably named it something like “skull and candle” or maybe “still life”. I’m not always original with my titles.

Well look at the time! I should probably head to bed soon, it’s going to be a struggle keeping some kind of regular sleeping schedule now that I really don’t have to!

An Army of Skeletor

I’ve been a bit slack when it comes to scanning things up. Just so I’m still sharing here is a little something that I shared with my instagram today. We’ve been working with acrylic paints for the past few weeks. Last week we were working with a monochromatic palette. This week we were working with a limited palette. For the warm up exercise that we did we didn’t have to work in this palette, but it just kind of worked out that the toy I brought in the paint fit the colour scheme of using two complimentary colours.

SkeletorOh hey there Skeletor. Nice palette you’ve got going on there.

Our warm up exercise was to paint the toy (so in my case Skeletor) 5 times, for 3 minutes each time.

Army of Skeletor

I ended up with what i have been calling “An Army of Skeletor.” It was a pretty fun exercise. One of my classmates complained that she found it a bit boring, but I quite liked her work, she just kind of started painting him however she felt like and I think that was the point of it really, just to get us loosened up and ready for the main piece that we were going to be working on.

Which was this beauty. Her name is Sascha. Or it might be Patrica, or Cher, Or Stella. We kept changing it, Rhiannon even suggested that the mannequin herself keeps changing her identity when it suits her.


I’ve been wanting to paint this darling for weeks. I finally asked Sonia if we could last week and she agreed! Of course she has just joined my pile of artworks that I need to finish. I get the feeling the mid semester break is going to be a busy one for me. Hopefully I get started on it a bit more before that though. Maybe this weekend?

Today’s Work In Progress

Thursday which is my favourite day at uni. Thursday is Drawing and Painting day. Its a fun class, we’ve been doing a bit of everything. Its really good to get back to basics. I love it and our teacher Sonia is the best.

Today we were working with acrylic paints, we learnt how to mix black. After some playing around with different techniques on how to paint and mix colours we began work on a still life.

Somehow whenever I draw/paint skulls they look rather comical. Keep in mind this is a work in progress. I’ll try finish the painting over the weekend and hopefully once I add more shadows and detail it will look less like a funny floating skull.