Continuous Painting








Stretched canvas and then stitched the pieces to it.

Then “primed the canvas”





Continuing the continues painting

Started last year.

Ended the year looking like this.


Began by tearing it apart:

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And then stitching them back together.

Summary of First year at Cardiff Met

This year has been really fantastic and I’ve been able to develop my practice to a more confident point. As well as creating over 100 blog posts that have made me more comfortable to show and talk about the work I produce.


In the first term it was difficult to get the ball rolling on the Inside/ Outside brief while also trying to get used to a new place and moving away from home. The workshops in the first term were a fantastic way of helping to settle in and begin thinking about what I might create. My first thoughts were to follow a more abstract line or enquiry that explored the layering of ideas and paintings and thought about Inside/ outside in a more 2D way. As the term progressed and I was exploring the works of other artists such as Hepworth and Kandinsky I started to get braver and tried out a few new mediums. It was during this exploration period that I began the continuous painting that has really pushed my thinking and is something I would like to come back to in the future.

During the third term though I had a massive shift in ideas, which I think had been because of an increase in confidence through the field module. I then began working very quickly, with ideas and thoughts moving and developing towards the work I finally produced. First there was the body, which I later decided wouldn’t be enough for me to feel satisfied with showing it. It was after a long discussion with my work that I stumbled on the ball of light and the work of Jessica Drenk which has massively influenced the pieces I have shown (mirror and hat stand).


The field module was incredibly important to my personal development as I now feel more comfortable within the university as well as comfortable with the thought of collaboration pieces. I was lucky to have a positive experience with both groups the first producing a video showing the city we live in, and the second an installation that explored a sensory experience of Llandaff cathedral.

Finishing the hat stand

After carving the bottom of the stand I realised that I needed to do something to the top so that it is interesting across the whole piece. I didn’t really have any ideas so I took a few days to think it over, it was eventually suggested that I use birds some how. I first thought about carving and painting birds sitting on the branches or about to fly from the tree but this might be better shown with a clay or wooden bird sculptures that sit on the branches. So I carved and painted on a flock of birds flying away from the tree that I carved and painted on the bottom section.

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Painting the mirror

Finally I decided that the best way to utilise the mirror was to go with the doorway idea; I thought about the phrase “the grass is always greener on the other side” and how my doorway onto a beautiful sunset might be a more preferable place to be for some. The peacock was added after the masking tape had been taken off, revealing sections of the mirror as a symbol of elegance, looking back at the audience, inviting them to join it. I believe that it is very important to include and be thinking about those who will look at the work and so using a mirror means that I can literally include them into the piece, hopefully meaning that they will bring their own experiences to how the understand the work.


















Working on the hat stand


This is the hat stand that I started working on. I began to stain the wood a dark brown, sanding it down in places to make it look like bark.


Once it was dark enough I tested the birch tree drawing that I will calve into the stand.



After this I copied it onto tracing paper that I wrapped around the stand and then began calving into the tree:

The carving wraps around the bottom of the stand, but it is a little unclear so I think I need to find a way of defining the difference between the carved tree and the stand.

Jessica Drenk

Seeing the work of Jessica Drenk has really inspired my hat stand piece; Drenk uses everyday objects and turns them into something very beautiful. I don’t think that my ideas have quite evolved enough yet to produce something like her work but I can see my work moving in a direction that will incorporate man- made objects and giving them a refreshing new appearance similar to Drenk.