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  • A New Challenge

    Last month I went to a great art retreat on Exmoor, called 'Call of the Wild Soul' and had three full days of journalling and painting with Orly Avineri, Teesha Moore and Flora Bowley. I learned loads and really want to apply some of that...

    One thing was Flora saying that to find your own style, you just need to go away and do 100 paintings! Well, it's not the first time I've heard that, but this time I thought 'yeah, I actually want to try that!'.

    A big problem for me finding my own style in the past has been my chameleon-like habit of creating art in the style required for the job at hand. And despite getting through around 30 sketchbooks, I still don't feel grounded. The second thing was working at twice the size I'm used to in Orly's class - which really made a change for me, as did her insistence on working only on spreads.

    So, I've made myself a new journal from a Young People's Science Encyclopedia, adding a few pages from my beloved Reader's Digest Great World Atlas to enable me to have 50 two-page spreads. Yes, 50! I decided 100 in one go was just too frightening a prospect, so I'm starting with 50. My greatest fear is that I'll give up after a few and never finish it, so ongoing encouragement/reminders would be most welcome! (I'm hoping to give myself incentives of buying books after reaching certain page landmarks...)

    Here are a few images of the journal - empty pages and my first spread across the title pages. As you can see from the blank title pages, I had to totally rebind the book, which originally had a deep hinge as it was stapled and stitched front to back, leaving many holes! I had to reconstruct the cover boards and do a new open-spine binding to give me more space (and flat space) to work.

    Another dilemma - whether to work stoically from front to back, or whether to plunge in wherever I find inspiration... I'll let you know.

    2 Comments

    • 1. Oct 23 2012 4:50PM by Dee

      Hi Bunk, I love what you're doing. What a fantastic idea and I will give encouragement where I can. What are you using for prompts or are you just coming up with themes/ideas yourself. I've just started a challenge on Rumi quotes which should keep me in prompt fodder for a while. By the way, do you have any experience of learning in the natural environment (taking teaching outside the classroom)? Would like to know as I've got an interview as a Development Administrator for volunteers in this area and I was wondering if you had any experience of it?

    • 2. Oct 23 2012 7:40PM by Jeanette House

      What a wonderful blog and website you have, Bunk! And I' so impressed you're starting this - I'm half tempted to join you :))

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