Recently I moved to a completely new neighbourhood which has been quite a change. I pretty much grew up in a small country town where I knew where everything was and I could walk to the other end of the town in an about an hour.
Moving to a new area where I am not familiar with my surroundings means that I no longer know where everything is. I used to go out for walks around where I lived to de stress and not feel all cooped up inside all the time. However I now no longer have my normal walking route so I have to make a new one.
How am I going to so that you ask? Well, this brings me to Keri Smith the wonderful author, illustrator and guerrilla artist who wrote the book How to be an Explorer of the World based off this fabulous list she wrote.
My plan is to go out and follow this list to explore my new area in a more creative way. I hope that I can fins a new walking route in the process as well.
Here are a few of the pages from my Visual Arts Process Diary from last year. I love using watercolour, I think I’d say it is my favourite medium. I can’t wait to explore it even more, along with other mediums such as ink, and watercolour pencils. You can see the original versions of some of my final works in my Abstract Watercolour Art post. 🙂
At the beginning of last year, my art teacher handed each of the students in my class a beautiful old book. However this wasn’t english and our task wasn’t to read it. Instead we were given the instructions to turn it into an artwork – to alter it. That’s how this wonderful project came about, after much thought into what books mean to me and a super cute sketch of an innocent little creature, the idea Xanameia was born. To me Xanameia comes in many forms. It is a name I made up for my imagination and the imaginary worlds I personally create. It is also all of the small acts of creativity that stem from my imagination. You may find it likely that I will use it again in the future as it is an idea I’m keen to continue exploring.
I have a huge fascination for the imagination and how we each have varying perceptions for imaginations. For this work I explored how books stimulate the imagination and if they are especially good, the words can transform into images in ones imagination and pop up right off the pages. My hope is that I can keep exploring this world and developing it through a variety of mediums.
Last holidays I went to a great photography workshop with the photographer Tamara Dean. It was super fun and a great experience, so I thought I’d share some of the photos I took on my blog for you guys to enjoy. 😀
Lately I have been playing around with photoshop, trying to practice and learn how to do more and more things.
Youtube has been super helpful and google is great at answering my quick questions. Again I have been using unsplash photos but I’m happy to say that for these ones I combined one of my own images with one from unsplash.
I was kind of going for a fantasy theme by inserting fantasy elements to places near where I used to live / where I spent the majority of my childhood, so it represents my playful childhood imagination in a way.
I’ve been loving my Wacom tablet lately! It’s so much fun to draw stuff digitally. This illustration was especially fun because I have my own peace lily that is my favourite plant. I guess I have finally moved away from my succulent obsession quite literally because I moved house and left them in my old garden.
Last year I created these abstract watercolour pieces as a body of work for an art assignment late last year. I loved the process of creating them physically and then transferring them into digital art to further modify the colours and add other elements to them. The assignment was to create a work of abstract expressionism and research other abstract expressionists. It was a highly enjoyable assignment and I might create another post about the planning / process for these works if you guys want. 🙂
And another school year has begun. I started school last week and I gotta say so far its been pretty great! I’m in year 11 this year which means I got to pick all my subjects (YAY) but it also means that school is getting pretty serious and I gotta buckle down and work much harder, especially with year 12 and the HSC looming.
Something I discovered that has really been helping me with my study motivation is the online community of students on tumblr called Studyblr. Basically its an entire community dedicated to posting tips and motivational pictures about student life and how to ace it. Here is an article that describes it way better than me 😂
If you’re interested, feel free to jump over to my humble (and definitely not the best) studyblr where I reblog the best posts I find about studying and the student life.
Some other fabulous and amazing studyblrs are:
The Organised Student
Recently I also found this other super cool website for Aussie students called Student Edge. It’s a website that is 100% free to sign up to and gives you heaps of discounts codes for some of my favourite stores, tips for getting into uni and how to get the career you want. Here is a link to sign up and if you use this particular one you and I could win an iPhone 7 🙂
If you’re unsure about what you wanna do after school there is a fabulous website called The Cool Career that I definitely recommend you check out as well.
I hope you guys find something here that can help y’all out with your studies – I’m sure you are gonna give it your best shot!
Playing with unsplash photos is so much fun because they are free for whatever I want to use them for and absolutely beautiful. For this digital collage I drew inspiration from all of those wonderful fashion bloggers who collage their photos to create fun and creative outfit posts. I am quite obviously not a fashion blogger (there is no way my t-shirt and shorts combos are as sophisticated enough to warrant a post) but I most definitely enjoyed putting this image together so if anyone wants me to be their official fashion collage person just give me a yell, I think it would be the perfect job for me.
Disclaimer: This post was just for entertainment I’m actually way too stressed out with life to be able to be anyones ‘official fashion collage person’ but then again if you’re offering money… 😂
During the week before christmas last year my family and some family friends went on a holiday to the Gold Coast here in Australia. It was a beautiful week full of sunshine, uncrowded theme parks, trips to the beach and heaps of fun adventures.
We didn’t end up going to Dreamworld because the nine biggest rides were all still closed but we did go to Sea World, Wet and Wild and Movie world. My favourite ride was definitely the Superman Escape rollercoaster at Movie World. It was amazing and you go really really fast! I also really enjoyed the Arkham Asylum ride as well. Who knew I would end up loving rollercoasters so much?!
Anyways I hope y’all enjoy the pics from my holiday 🙂