Since I graduated from the NZIBS I have been much more confident in approaching editors with articles and other writing so thought perhaps I could do the same with my artwork. To this end I have enrolled with the Learning Connexion for their Arts and Creativity Diploma (Honours). Received a box full of supplies, a large portfolio case to send work in and a whole range of DVDs with the lessons on them. Unfortunately I found that the player on my computer would not play them so ended up going into town on one of the wettest days on record to buy a DVD player. Fortunately they're only half the price they used to be. My TV is so old and small (it was my mother's spare one) it didn't have all the plugs needed to run the machine so my brother patiently hooked the player up through the video and it's all working perfectly now.
It has been overwhelming looking at all the work I need to complete in this course and I feel that I may be pushed out of my comfort zone- especially working large and boldly when I am used to small and detailed. However I hope to learn many new techniques that I can use in my art.
I also have a phenomenal amount of work to complete for the Original Art Show plus work for selection for The Affordable Art Show has to be submitted in two weeks. I wish I had more on hand but I need to jump into these shows this year so will submit what I can and try and have more completed by this time next year. It's a shame they don't make 30 hour days......
Yesterday a friend sent me a box of CDs that she didn't want (I only had ten of my own- many of them gifts) so I am listening to Marilyn Monroe singing her biggest movie tunes as I write this. I have to have music in the background when I'm working otherwise I get distracted by the sounds coming from outside.