There was a time when my main art form was sculpture. I was doing an art degree and was told by a tutor that 'painting wasn't my strength' and to concentrate on 3D. The work above is made from a fur lined board with cast papier mache baby heads, each one slightly different from the other.
If you've only ever seen my recent 'whimsical' paintings this post might surprise you. I was at art college at the time, in my final year and as part of that course, I organised a workshop at Colston's Girls' School in Bristol. I'd just about forgotten all about it until Middle Daughter asked me what had happened to my pea pods. They must have had an effect on her at the time, poor little thing! At college I found myself making art that I didn't particularly like, I threw a lot of it on a skip at the end of the course. (It was pretty scary stuff mind you!) You wouldn't want that looking at you in your home now would you? ;)
At the end of the workshop I gave a talk about the work I'd made during my time there. I couldn't tell them what it was about because quite honestly I didn't know, so I garbled some nonsense to them about the babies being like peas in a pod, all uniform like the girls in the school. I don't think it went down as very popular idea and I hope they've forgotten what I said!
Here are some pictures of the girls at work.
Let me show you the other pod.
These 'peas' had a much more comfortable time. Snuggled within a fur lined pod with a purple velvet coating no less. Only one of the babies in the comfortable pod is awake.
So what was on my mind? My own school years were horrible. I hated school, life was tough and we had no money. I became very aware how different the environment in this school was to my own childhood experience but most of all it brought back memories of when I was their age.
I find it difficult to express in words and there's much more to this than I can explain, maybe you can see something in it I'm still unaware of? Your thoughts on this would be interesting. :)
So there we have it, my darker past.
Now on a much lighter note, I'm working on a couple of new paintings that will be varnished today and ready to put in my Etsy shop later.
And my message to the art tutor who told me that 'painting wasn't my strength?'
Don't be so darned negative!