My work on display

It has been a long while since I created a finished painting, the last time was probably in school when painting was all “art” was. Duncan of Jordanstone has really opened my eyes to what art can be and has allowed me to gain new skills and discover talents I didn’t know I had. I feel I have really matured as an artist this last year at university but it was nice to get back to where it all started, my paintings.

I am a member of the Broughty Ferry Art Society, every month professional working artists will give us a demonstration of their work so we can learn new skills. I go with my gran and although I am the youngest member by about 40 years, it’s still great to be surrounded by people of any age who love art.

So as a member of the Broughty Ferry Art Society I was invited to display a painting in Scout Halls in Broughty Ferry during their renowned Gala Week. This was exciting for me, not only as it gave me artistic purpose while I’m off university for summer, but, this would be the first time my work would be displayed for sale. So I got back into my painting and adopted the technique I used when I was in my last year at school. I created 2 textured paintings using tissue paper, acrylic and charcoal. The first “Back in my Day” is up for sale and the second painting “Twenty One” is not for sale as I created this as a present for my boyfriends birthday. I love the unfinished effect of the paintings and the comparison of the dark charcoal against the bright tissue paper.

If anyone happens to be in the area then you should definitely pop down to Scout Halls. There is a lot of great work on display by some very talented artists. These are works by my fantastic Gran, Muriel Butler.

I know the type of paintings I create is not as aesthetically pleasing as some of the other work on display but they are more for me to create my own style. I also just loved seeing my work in a gallery alongside some amazing artist, sometimes just being seen is all you need to give you a little boost. Plus I was number 1 on the list, that’s got to count for something!


Painting with tights 

After weeks of going between my tights sculpture and my prints I needed a break, and whats a better way of gaining some new inspiration than painting your tights. My work is heavily inspired by the human body so painting with my own body seemed (sort of) logical to me.

I threw on my best ‘Risky Business’ tribute outfit and started to paint my black tights a flesh tone colour.

I was very interested in the texture of the prints I could create. I wasn’t planning on creating a perfected final piece but rather an array of development work experimenting with tights and my body.

I started off my prints my kneeling onto the black sugar paper. I feel I may have had to much paint on the tights as I would’ve liked the texture to come through more than it did but it was all in the name of experimentation.

I then decided to paint my butt to see the type of print I could achieve. I have used fishnet tights in my sculpture to add gender and promiscuity so using my rear end to print seemed to give the same effect.

I also painted fishnet tights and printed them with my hand giving a hand print on top of the butt print. I like the effect fishnet tights have when printed and I found the contrast between the two types of tights aesthetically pleasing.

I had great fun creating these prints and I believe I needed it. It was a chance to muck about and get away from the rigidity of lectures and crits and deadlines. I am still working on making my sculpture as large as possible and begging my family and friends for their spare pillows. I will be back in the print studio at the start of next week screen printing and hopefully will create new prints of a larger scale. There’s only a few weeks left of 2nd year so it’s time to knuckle down and really get into producing the work and I am excited to see how it will all look when it’s finished!