Inspiration in Welshpool

Yesterday, Luciana and I had to take the train to Welshpool to get our National Insurance Numbers. While we were there we decided that we might as well to do some sightseeing so we went to see the Powis Castle – a medieval castle build around 1200. Since it was such a lovely and nice day (rain) we only went to see the inside of the castle, but it is supposed to be an amazing garden there with plants from all over the world.

Both of us got a National Trust membership, so now we can visit as many places as possible within a year – I will try to do my best!

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Except the weather (I have almost got used to it by now) it was a really great and interesting day – I got lots of inspiration for my paintings and even did a few sketches.

Paint a Legend!

Last semester and up until now I have been doing a Lifelong Learning course called Museum and Gallery Education and Interpretation along with my Fine Art degree. And today we had our final task in this course; we held a workshop in the National Library of Wales! (“We” being Luciana and myself). There were different workshops held throughout the whole week by other students in our class, all of them with the theme of legends. Some of the workshops included clay, lego and costumes – we held one called Paint a Legend. It was a little bit of preparation for this, since it was two hours long and the children between five and ten years old.

First we showed a powerpoint including a story of King Arthur and pictures of legends. The story was read by two members of Aberystwyth University Medieval Re-Enactment Society, one knight and one lady, that were so kind to show up all dressed up (even with the proper underwear!) and stay during the workshop. After the powerpoint the children could chose what they wanted to do: colour-in drawing of legends or do painting in the wet room. They made some really good paintings – I was impressed!

This was not something we had to do for this course, holding the workshop was voluntary, but I am so happy that I did! It was a very good experience that I will take with me into my further education and future jobs. The children were so happy doing something creative within the local community and it was a very fun being a part of this!

Print Symposium

Printmaking Residencies and International Projects


Early this morning, at 6 am to be exact, I had to drag myself out of bed, take a shower and ruuuuun. I was aiming to be at the School of Art at 7.10 am, I only came three minutes late (this time). Luciana and I were so lucky to get a ride with Paul Croft, one of our teachers, to Wrexham where he and four other artists gave speeches about printmaking residencies and international projects at the Coleg Cambria.

It takes two and a half hour to drive from Aberystwyth to Wrexham, so it was really nice being served fresh hot coffee/tea at the arrival.

The symposium started with an introduction and continued with the first artist talk held by Katherine Jones. She spoke about her prints, influences and the different residencies she had taken part in. After they talk we could see her prints that she had brought in, and they were really lovely!

The next thing on the agenda was a guided tour to the printmaking studio of the college, used by the students and also the members of the Regional Print Centre. It looked like a good workplace, big enough for a number of artists to work at the same time. The tour was followed by a tasty lunch prepared by the Catering students of the college.

The second talk, Common Ground, were held by the three artists: Greg Fuller, Jason Hicklin and Tracy Hill. They talked about collaboration in their walking art project, their art practises and the three weeks they spent in Australia.

After a small coffee and tea break it was time for the third and last speech of the day, held by Croft. He told about his experiences in China, his exhibitions, collaborations, teaching and a huge portfolio project including artists from all over the world.

Thank you for an engaging, inspiring and fun day!

Links to the artists’ webpages and the Regional Print Centre:

Katherine Jones

Greg Fuller

Jason Hicklin

Tracy Hill

Their collaboration: Common Ground

Paul Croft

Regional Print Centre

Making Paper

Decided to try something new, so now I am making paper in the living room. So far it is going very well so hopefully me and Luciana will have a sketchbook full of homemade paper soon. I am surprised of how quick and easy it is to make and I think it is a very good idea for all the leftover paper – I love recycling!

Saturday evening fun!
Close up of the paper pulp, still wet.

If you want to try this yourself, you need a frame with netting of some kind, old pieces of paper, a blender, a tray, some netting, a sponge and water.

What you do:

  1. Fill the tray with some water and put the frame with netting inside.
  2. Shred the paper and blend it with some water (cover the paper pieces).
  3. Pour the pulp into the frame and spread it around.
  4. Move the frame to somewhere dry and place the netting on top of the paper pulp.
  5. Sponge the paper pulp trough the netting and pick it up to dry.
  6. You can dry it under paper towels by ironing it and place it under books to make it flat.

I am definitely going to make more paper – hopefully a sketchbook or two.

Old Works of Art (Portraits)

Here are some of my older artworks, hope you enjoy!

This is my first oil painting ever made, and I did it in a painting course in Porgrunn (Norway) held by the amazing artist Marit Saxegaard. I attended this weekend course in 2012, and really enjoyed it!

Oil painting on canvas, size 40 x 50cm, painted with the grisaille method.

Here are some charcoal drawings and one (started, but not finished) oil painting that I did in some of her other courses around the same time:

Link to Marit Saxegaard’s webpage: Marit Saxegaard.