The beadtrove - plural in this case...or many cases. To prep them, the surface was smoothed with sandpaper, layers of a walnut shade were added
and then we were good to go. I remember when I first set up the studio, topping up the paint for all the furniture. It's hard to believe it's
been nearly 4 years since then. It's been a while since I painted a beadtrove box, as I've been curbing the temptation for more treasures (and
quadrants start overflowing). They've been traded in for wooden planters as of late, yet I dip in to occasionally, to see what I can bring to paper.
Arranging and playing with scale leads to quirky results with buttons and glass gems (because you can never have to many potted plants).
Sometimes sweet treats make for artwork with a gem twist. Coloured paper backdrops are also something I want to experiment more with - I'll share
the results when the components come to clash.
Believe it or not, the snaps here were found when delving into the hard-drive. Checking the date, they were coincidentally taken in May...2016. A
whole two years ago! So this post feels more like a retrospect. If anything, it allows me to look back and see how I'd do it differently now. For a start, I
wouldn't have been so tentative with the brushstrokes - a lot more paint=laden and bolder, so the figures really stand out.
Speaking of paint, I've come across one fun interpretation of what to do with it. Artist Annette Labedzki creates custom moulds with semi-set frozen
paint. Slicing into it leads to a visually mesmerizing process (mentally I'm pondering how I would go about it). It could be pink oreos, green-yolked
eggs. or uncannily-real looking banana & strawberry splits, I may spend a little too much time watching paint being pasted. Subtly satisfying.
Some of the gems I've had for years and could probably tell you when and where I purchased them. A little time capsule. Sorting and colour
coordinating is just that bit more aesthetically pleasing. There is that spark of excitement when creating a new piece of art. The numerous ideas each
bead could be used for are considered. Sometimes less is more and it's a case of taking some off. It's all part of the fun.
Most of the time, painting takes up my focus (gardening does in the warmer months), so I don't get around to sharing on the blog as often as I'd like
to. Hence, there's a bit of a backlog - plenty more from the archives to come. Just a little heads up.
Considering this feels like a throwback piece, I also thought I'd share a picture of old work I happened to stumble across. This collage illustration
was created circa 2008, while studying a foundation course in Art and Design at Loughborough University. We had set-ups created for us, featuring
coloured backdrops, clothes and spool-topped mannequins. We imagined items at various scales (hence giant shoe- top right). I love looking back
at early work, especially where you can see what works, the really-not-so-much and the growth in every piece. It's hard to believe it was a decade
ago. What can I say apart from, carry on...and enjoy the process.