Well my first proper oil painting, I experimented for a few days on my art foundation course and I started a self portrait this summer as a learning exercise but I haven’t decided if it is salvageable yet… Anyway, I have always wanted to paint with oils and finally had a summer free of revision and summer jobs to give it a real go! I love creating pieces of art for my friends and family and decided I would paint my friend Izzy for her birthday, although she didn’t get it till a few months later …need to work on my speed a little! I learnt so much though including: how eyebrows are a lot harder to paint than eyes and how easels are pretty handy if you don’t want to transfer black paint from the background on to the middle of the canvas…. I’ve posted a few photos during the development, the first photo is a little scary sorry Izzy! and also of Izzy finally getting to see it. I hope she liked it because she’s awesome and deserves the best birthday presents.
So I moved to London recently and am still very much exploring the city and finding new and exciting Art galleries and exhibitions. Last Sunday I was lucky enough to explore Brick lane for the first time and can’t wait to go back with my camera, particularly after visiting the International Print Exhibition 158 at the Old Truman Brewery just around the corner. The exhibition comes from the Royal photographic Society with the selection of 100 unique and powerful photographs across a range of genres and subject matter. My personal favourite was the Bronze award winner, “Comfort zone #1” from the series, “Comfort zone” by Tadao Cern. The photograph is not staged yet appears too perfect to not be staged but at the same time feels 100% authentic and real. I think the photograph really evokes a mixture of feelings with the sense that we are intruding but at the same time aware that this is a public space and we are then reassured that these women are content and relaxed. It serves to remind us of the very few public places that we do feel able to be ourselves, to be content, relaxed and oblivious to our surroundings.
All the photos were fantastic, beautiful and unique, some were absolutely unbelievable in terms of their timing! the exhibition has now moved to The Royal Albert Hall and is well worth a visit if you’re looking for some photography inspiration. Here are few more of my favourites below, enjoy!