After working full time for 9 months, I have finally jumped on the collective state of happiness when a bank holiday comes round. I headed back to Southend this weekend, and realised very quickly that taking ‘a break’ is actually real boring and I have undertaken the task of sorting through the canvas collection of my artistic career dating back to 2006. This was a real, roll your sleeves up kind of moment as we opened the door to the shed and a dustpan and brush precariously balanced fell off at the same time. Infront of me, was about 15 canvasses and MDF pieces ranging from many conditions: mouldy, incomplete, warped, dusty or covered in spiderwebs.
A few common problems of practicing art..
- Being an art student means that you have to embrace being a hoarder, you ALWAYS hold onto bits of material, clay, sketch books in the hope that you will use it again. I had DIY paint which I bought on clearance when I worked at B&Q when I was 16 for when I was going through a spell of using heavy duty wall paint on canvas, massive great box of murky coloured paints were just sat there.
- There is severe embarrassment when you pull out canvasses of average looking paintings that you proudly showed your parents who obligingly nodded and said very good.. They’re not very good.
- When you study art you must admit that you fell into cliché atleast 50 times throughout your young and amateur artistic career; time, song lyrics, emotion or bad quotes will often feature in your sketchbook, written in some bad calligraphy you tried to execute, and failed.
- There will always be a handful of paintings or sketchbooks that you will be able to throw away, and your loved ones will hate you for it.
- Being an art student means that wherever you go, the moment anything mildly creative pops up, you’re roped in – regardless of the nature of the task.
What do YOU think is common to all art students? Comments welcome!
So here’s a shot of all the canvasses, MDF pieces, sketchbooks that have testified to the highs and very much the lows of my art practice.