I’ve slowly fallen away from posting to this blog because of posting to other, more interactive social media. After this post I will aim to again post on here when I post other places on the internet, I do quite like that this is just a place based around my artwork.
If you’re interested you can see my just artwork posts from October 2016 to now on my Tumblr . My Tumblr in general is my artwork posts along with other posts of inspiration whether that’s other artists, exhibitions, animation, film or just other things I find generally interesting- rachelmasseyart.tumblr.com
My Instagram is also posts of my artwork but also includes more personal posts in relation to my life as an artist- exhibitions, travelling, studio, works in progress etc.
Please take a look around my posts and links I’ve posted here.
Also I’m still, as usual, open for commissions, collabs and exhibitions. You can get in touch with me via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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A selection of arty things I was selling today in Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton.
I am open for commissions for Christmas now- cards, gift boxes, stationery gifts, artwork and anything along those lines. Email me at email@example.com for more info.
Playing around with ideas in Photoshop instead of using my usual sketchbook. Just felt like doing something different and actually could’t be bothered to get my sketchbook from upstairs- which is awful I know. Drew things with my tablet, made brushes out of them, changed the composition, layered different things etc.
I also want to physically make this on paper with ink. I’m interested in how differently it will come out when using a more traditional medium.
I received an ask on Tumblr about where inspiration can be found during an ‘art block.’ Where do you find something you can work with and your mind can relate to, to keep you creating. I thought I’d post my answer here too as it demonstrates how I’m always collecting ‘things’ to use in my artwork:
I guess I get it from all different kinds of places. I learned from university lecturers and my own experience that always collecting and having readily available ‘sources of inspiration’ to hand is a necessity.
I’m always collecting ‘things’ usually paper ephemera but can also be little objects, writing down quotes or words I’ve heard or seen throughout the day- having a notebook/sketchbook with you when you go out is so important. You never know when ‘inspiration with strike’ as they say.
I also have a folder on my computer and my phone of images that I collect- photos taken myself, images saved from the internet, images scanned in. Usually something that has caught my eye or made me think that somehow I’ll be able to use it later. I don’t always know how I’ll use it at that time but it’s something that interested me.
Another thing that is invaluable to know is that strikes of inspiration are rare. Continually making work, writing etc will breed it’s own inspiration. Even if you make something that you don’t like- cut it up and stick it back together differently. Choose a word at random and make something to convey it there are many online communities that can assist with this.
The internet is also, of course, a great source of inspiration- follow artists works, writers prose, search randomly on google images. I’ve come to love tumblr as a continuing source of visuals that I find ways to put into my organised chaos of inspiration.
That was a bit of a long answer but hopefully at least you can see that even when I’m stuck with a block, I’m no more that a few clicks away from something to boost my artist’s brain.
Ink, acrylic paint on paper, 32x25cm
This is the start of another series focusing on specific iconic parts of commercial aircraft.
This first artwork is obviously based around the jet engine- with varying types of jet engine to follow in subsequent pieces.
I aim to select, splice, overlay, crop and edit together these parts to create a deconstructed series that I don’t actually have a name for yet.
As you can see I prefer working in series so I can research (both literary and visual) topics and construct a theme between the pieces.
Just sorting through some of my University BA work.
Found these small images of experiments with scenes and ink. I think I’d like to revisit these and make some into larger paintings/drawings.
I really enjoyed experimenting with ink and text on my Masters course this year so I could combine the two techniques.
These are in a folder labelled Power Series.
All pieces are 30x27cm and are ink on Fabriano pressed paper.
Plane operations during a snowstorm at New Chitose airport, Sapporo Japan.
I’ve watched many videos recently of airports during snowy conditions, this is one of my favourites.
Aesthetically I love the combination of harsher weather and aircraft with a backdrop of the commercial airport. The contrast apparent in the heavy weather and the heavy technology also intrigues me.
As the Art Therapy MA operates in the same building as us at University and it doesn’t run throughout the summer like we do, I’ve been able to use one of their studios for the rest of the semester. I’m still in the process of setting it up and moving stuff over to here.
I get this studio all to myself until early September, extremely happy. Although the fact that someone drew a crown for the clock unnerves me.
Look at all the space. I’m hoping to start a 3 x 1.5 m work on Monday/Tuesday next week.