Monday, 29 August 2016

2nd Blogiversary!

Gouache painting of me throwing confetti

I am really proud to say that today I am celebrating two years of The Creative Outlook! 

I started TCO back in August 2014 because I loved blogging and after having many, many other blogs I wanted a little space on the internet to share all of my creative things. It's been a progression of my drawings and design work, a documentation of my time at university and I'd like to think it has finally grown into something a little more refined than when it first started out. 

Before I began this blog my mental health wasn't all too great and I was in a bad place at that time of my life. Writing this blog makes me incredibly happy and has improved my confidence greatly. I can't imagine what I would be like without this in my life and I don't even mean that in a soppy way; I really can't! 

Thank you for following along, it makes me really happy knowing that people read my blog and I've received so much lovely feedback over the past couple of years it's been overwhelming! It's also allowed me to come into contact with some lovely creative people and given me a few opportunities I otherwise wouldn't get. Blogging will never be my full time job but it's definitely always going to be a huge part of my life and I am beyond grateful for this wonderful online community.  

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Painting with gouache

I've not been feeling myself recently but I think I'm slowly getting out of this weird mood. I think I just needed time to sit and make things for myself again so I decided to walk into town and buy lots of lovely new art supplies from Fred Aldous! It actually helped quite a bit as most of my stuff was becoming unbearable to use and I finally felt like I could enjoy creating new things.

Whilst I love to collage I wanted to find another way to bring colour into my work. I've always been a bit scared of painting but I finally sat down and experimented with gouache that Jake let me borrow and I love it. It's so opaque, the colours are vibrant and it's much easier to work with than I had originally imagined. I painted this lovely bird in a new sketchbook which I'm hoping to fill entirely. (Not sure if this will happen, but I'm off to Cornwall with Jake and his family tomorrow so I'm hoping to do some drawing whilst I'm there.)

When I was in Fred Aldous I picked up a Sharpie peel-off China marker because I loved the wax texture it created.  (I used it to sketch these dogs!) I've never seen them before, but I think the general idea is that you can draw on china, plastic, glass, etc. and it can only be removed with a damp cloth. When applied to paper you can't wipe them away, however they are waterproof so I think they'd be really great for mixed media pieces.

Not many pages but I'm hoping to continue with this; I miss sharing all of my sketchbooks and drawings! 

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Tenderfoot 2016

Screen prints on cotton 

Tenderfoot (an annual collective art exhibition curated by a number of Chesterfield College alumni) is over for another year! The opening night was as lovely as ever and there was a variety of work on display ranging from paintings and illustration to textiles and film. I think the combination of practices makes for an interesting exhibition and it's always pleasing to see what fellow artists and designers having been getting up to. I decided to share images of the works, leaving out statements but giving a link to their websites. 

In terms of my own prints I was really happy with how I'd displayed them; the weak ceiling was a little bit of a battle but I'd like to think the three hours spent setting up was worth it. Thank you to everyone that stopped by to share your kind comments and support!

Saturday, 6 August 2016

A little update

Cheeky bear 

Hello, I thought I would post an update as I've been extra busy this week! I mentioned before I'm on a two week placement with Hallmark and it's going so fab I can't believe the first week is over already. There are a few other girls on placement there too which makes its so much easier and enjoyable, it can be a bit daunting being the newbie especially when the company is so huge and established. 

I'm afraid I can't share any of the work I've been up to but I did draw this bear today! I've been really into wax crayons recently as they produce such a nice texture. It was nice to be able to wake up a bit later as I have to get up at six for work, I managed to decorate our bedroom a little so now it's less bare and a lot more "us". I'll have to share some pictures of our house soon, I'm still absolutely loving it here, it's just so comfy and spacey and quiet. 

Taken as I was leaving work- I want a house in the middle of nowhere 💕

Tenderfoot exhibition is happening again this year for the fourth time running and I'll be displaying three of my screen prints there. The private view is Tuesday 9th from 6pm and the event takes place at APG Works in Sheffield until 13th August, it'd be lovely to see some of your faces if you live close by! There's a lot of beautiful art work from a group of very talented people, I still can't believe I get to be a part of it too. 

If you haven't noticed I've been loving the new Instagram stories, it's great to get a bit more personal with the creatives I follow and I really enjoy sharing what I've been getting up to as well. I was never a huge fan of Snapchat; the design is pretty ugly, I don't like adding random people and I very rarely sent a snap to one specific person so the Instagram version is perfect for me. You can follow me @amyhodkin if you'd like!

I think that's about it from me! Having such a long summer break really throws me, I kinda can't wait to start back at university just so I can get into a routine again. Before that I'm off to Cornwall with Jake and his family again, so that will be a nice trip before my dissertation work. Two holidays in one year; what a treat!

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