Happy Holidays and stuff!

I’m currently snuggled on the sofa in my ridiculously fluffy new dressing gown and socks. I’m actually a little too warm… I hope everyone has had a lovely not-too-warm Christmas. I’ve had a great time with my family!

Now I’m getting a cold. Despite all the warm. My holidays are ruined.

Aaaanyway like I said, I’ve had a great time and am now very much looking forward to my boyfriend Jonah coming up to Beverley for New Years celebrations! Haven’t gotten much art done in the run up to Christmas, but I did crack out the oil paints to have a go at, since I have no PC/tablet. I tried to create a bunch of alla prima still lifes, and am hoping to do a few more before I head back to Leicester.

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I’ve got a lot to practise! I’d like to get better at oil painting because it’s a skill I really respect, and I’d be really proud to be good at oil painting. Also I think people love to buy a good original oil painting, and I want to sell some! I know for sure my mum wants one, and I keep refusing because I’m not good enough yet. I need to learn more about the technique, so I think Alla Prima by Richard Schmid is one to add to my reading list.

I still feel guilty for not doing any more art and prep for my FMP. *sigh*

I’m loving all the eating and chilling out, but I’m really looking forward to going back to Leicester in the new year and getting back into a routine with my FMP. Even though we haven’t started yet, I’ve still made a huge ‘to do/to learn about’ list, and I often lay in bed before sleeping thinking about where my FMP is going to go. I really hope it turns out how it is in my head, which is super awesome. I’d probably have doodled some ideas if I had a means to. Pencil isn’t colourful enough and hell no I ain’t using oils.

Speaking of which, look what I got for Christmas!

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It’s an iPad Pro (and an Apple Pencil somewhere in the post) for me to sketch on out and about! You may or may not recall that I bought myself and iPad Air and Wacom Creative Stylus to doodle with and generally use, and I’m really glad I bought it. It’s been a really useful piece of kit, particularly for showing my portfolio to people in London over summer. I did, however, find that the stylus is quite cumbersome with a really fat nib and dodgy palm rejection. I didn’t sketch much.

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So much clunk. Also I suck.

This rather large (twice the size…) upgrade should be great for drawing with. I’ve heard so many good things and can’t wait for my Pencil to arrive in 2016 so I can give it a go! I absolutely love the idea of being able to do plein air work or idea concepts in colour without the mess of paints, and them putting the PSDs on OneDrive to access on my PC and work on later.

I’m also looking forward to setting up my pretty new moodlight diffuser in my room, reading my 20th Edition Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb, eating tasty chocolate, and eating ramen out of my new bowl! …I like eating.

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The new year is going to be full of fun and terrifying new things, eeek! And I’m going to graduate MAAAAAAAAH. There are too many things to think about; it’s overwhelming, so I just don’t ha.

All I want to do is break down and freak out about how terrified I am for the new year and leaving uni and jobs and how much I’m going to have to do for my FMP and ah ma gawwwwwd what am I going to doooooo. Maybe I’ll write a more comprehensive, thought out blog about my thoughts and fears for 2016 and my final project. For now I’ll just say Happy New Year! And see you next year! (Maybe before, it depends how much of an urge I feel to unload my thoughts on you.)

BYE.

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