oil pastels

Some useful links:  http://www.wikihow.com/Draw-With-Oil-Pastels Beginners Guide http://www.explore-oil-pastels-with-robert-sloan.com/oil-pastels-techniques.html http://www.oilpastelsociety.com/oil-pastel-basics.html Now to get going. I have an idea of using my daily photos and translating them into blocks of colour. I’m still looking at opportunities for integrating the writing and drawing, then maybe it will feel right to bring back the bodies (or bring up the bodies??)

success

With deep trepidation I made the decision to transfer hosting of my website after 3y with just host. After a few emails back and forth during which I learned that my site was a huge 36GB due to having about 20 backup copies, which I duly deleted, I am now successfully transferred to hosting with …

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preliminary ideas

I’ve started to write some poetry again and remembered that I had bought Verse & – the last collection of poems written by Oliver Bernard before he died. He died 1 June 2013 and I was amazed at how little I knew about this charismatic English teacher who had encouraged my early writing when I …

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reassessing

A spell of mood instability followed by Christmas and then some fairly intensive writing (lit review, methodology, PhD application) has left me feeling a bit drained of creativity – at least on the making side. I reviewed some of the photos I’d taken of ‘Florence’ in December, and wasn’t happy about pushing that particular aspect …

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interesting article about depiction of bipolar on TV

I’m a great fan of Homeland, and have been fascinated to watch the development of the character of Carrie, who has bipolar disorder. I have felt a lot of identification with her, although clearly the time frames and extremes of her mood states, whilst not inherently unrealistic, are probably inconsistent with her role as a …

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updating…

Lots of experimentation with different weights of armature wire – I discovered that there is a definite compromise to be made between the chunkier wire which provides a sturdier figure, and the finer wire that is much more manipulable. I have settled on a gauge that is fine enough to create strength by twisting back …

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