An Art Journal Page: Other People, A Trip to see Grayson plus Art in Chester

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Hello my lovelies!!!!!

It's been a while I know! Much longer than I imagined it would be. We've been rethinking the space in our home and one of the changes was to set up my art studio in another room. I thought it might take a couple of weeks AT THE MOST. Turns out, it took almost exactly six. I cannot tell you how hard it was not being able to create much during that time. 

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However, I'm now fully set up and installed in my new corner. And the above page in my journal is the first bit of creativity made in it. It's not fully there yet. The room, not the page. I'm sure I'll be tweaking and rearranging until it's just right. Or as near as possible I can make it. 

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Just before I chat about my page, I've been on a couple of artist's dates this weekend. The first one was to Chester Cathedral for their Ark Exhibition of Modern Sculpture. It's on until 15th October 2017, which is two weeks away at time of writing this post. If you're local and interested in modern art, go check it out. Just under 100 pieces and entry is free. If that doesn't tempt you, head to the restaurant for carrot cake, tea and a tuna melt. Your tastebuds will thank you even if your waistline doesn't :D

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I'm fully aware that there's a wee bit of smugness about me when it comes to my second artistic treat. It was to see Grayson Perry (as Clare) giving a talk at my second home, Chatsworth. Just under 400 seats/tickets were available and when it sold out, there were 2000 people on the waiting list. And I had two of them!!!! So smug mode on.

He didn't disappoint either. Funny, intelligent, thought-provoking, and sharp. He was a joy to listen to. My head was spinning with so many new ideas about the world of art and the different perspective I was feeling. 

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With all that I had soaked in over the weekend I sat and worked on making this page. It started life as a red/orange/yellow Distress Oxide mix. I then slapped a a large stencil over the whole spread and sponged a darker orange ink over the top. 

I grabbed some Paperartsy Fresco paints and on separate papers, created a green background and a blue. When dry, I stamped the circles with black Archival ink, using Carabelle Studios "Et Ronds et Ronds" stamp set. I cut them out, put some tranquil sounds on in the background, then moved the pieces around the page until I had placed them in a way which pleased me. Once adhered in place, I used a paint pen to connect all the circles. The shapes created by this process called out to be doodled. 

I added a border then rather foolishly decided I waned to paint between the central shape and the border. So with a fine pointed brush, a steady hand and an opaque chalk paint by Paperartsy, I blocked out with purple. 

With Grayson's talk (and his new book "Playing to the Gallery" which I've started), resounding in my ears, I added a few words about style and what I like. It's an over simplification on the issue of how, when I see something, especially in visual art, and say to myself "I like that", there's a whole lot of other people in my background of experience, who have manipulated my tastes. Do I like it, or have my tastes been directed towards liking it? I's a fascinating subject which I want to delve more into.

That and much more but my brain will go into meltdown and I've already prattled on long enough.

More pages await me to add to and hopefully, my video camera set up will allow a few of them to filmed.

Have a great week my sweets

P xx