The year 2014 brought lots of changes. Behind me are six years of full-time study - ahead of me are years as a fully-fledged artist!
October to December of last year, I reconnected with Poldrate Arts and Crafts Centre and joined a group of artists who gather one evening a week to work together. Having done nothing - no drawing nor painting since June, I prioritised drawing. I looked again at the objects that so inspired me for my Degree Show and worked on producing images that could be used for future paintings.
I would also like to revisit collage painting. I enjoyed making my own collage material along with found material to interpret images. I would also like to work with oils again on small paintings, like the tile paintings I created around forms and shadows in the garden.
This week I have taken studio space at Cockenzie House and Gardens. Together with the PACC, these two centres provide excellent opportunities for not only producing work but hopefully being able to exhibit and be part of future projects.
In May I will be exhibiting at the Hangar Gallery so will be looking to produce new work that combines the painting techniques I acquired by the end of my degree with new subject matter.
As a family, we adopted a rescue dog from Romania last year through an organisation called Animal Rescue Crew. I hope to be able to use my paintings in some way to help highlight and promote the brilliant work they do whilst contributing to much needed funds. Cassie will be coming with me to work. She has her own corner and if this photo is anything to go by is well happy to be part of the routine.
All told, a busy and exciting time ahead!
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Carol E Duff