Thursday, 29 April 2010

Renewed Visual Studies Vigour, HACS & Double Time!

I guess you guys are getting pretty fed up of me posting something everyday huh? Well tough! Unfortunately this one contains no images and is mainly a note to myself, so if you don't want to read on, feel free not to!

So today is my most hated or most loved day of the week... depending of course on which of the alternate weeks it is! One week we have life drawing *yay* and the other week we have visual studies *boo hiss*. Up until now, thats how I've thought about it. Now that they have thankfully taken out the pain of creating a final image at the end of the 3 sessions and dropped it down to 2 lessons on one subject, I think it is a hell of a lot better. Less pressure, and I feel a lot free-er to just experiment. I think it also helped that today I took it upon myself to revisit the past projects, and tidy everything up by placing it all into a new, smaller sketchbook. Something a bit more manageable. I know Linda hates talking to me, and for most part the feeling is mutual. But today I tried to make an effort to give her something to latch onto that she could help me with. I proclaimed that I was revisiting everything and that I would finish the work in my own time at home. She was ok with that. Thank god. So we went through a couple of the briefs, and found places I could add to and improve upon. Collage and Layers were two of the projects that could be improved upon. Yep. Grrrreat. My arch nemesis collage...back again to cause me pain. But I'm going to look at this cool guy called Eduardo Receife... yes you can guess that I found a spanish artist, huh? As per usual. So I shall put some of his work in the sketchbook, and have a go at collage once again. I hope to find some good things. Maybe you'll get to see them too, who knows. 

HACS... I don't really understand why we have another group crit tomorrow, as we only had one last Friday and I have done no more work on the subject whatsoever. I've been far too busy updating this blog and exercising my heart out. So... tonight is the night to get some research on Edmund Dulac and The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam. 1500 words... due in a few weeks. Very do-able, especially if I have a coach trip to London and back in that time. I'd like to try and get it done this weekend, seeing as its a long weekend! So onwards ever onwards.

Double time! Yeah boi! I done did two of them there exercise classes in a row today... thats an entire 2 hours of workout. First was bodyattack, and I feel like I tried to work hard... second came Pilates, and by then I was a stinky sweaty mess, but I did it anyway, and I enjoyed it. My bum and hips tomorrow however, will probably not enjoy it in the least. I hope that this is toning me up, I'm planning on fitting into a nice size 14 by the end of this term. After summer, a size 12 perhaps? Hah, that sounds like the impossible, as if you have to be born that size to ever fit into jeans like that. But thats where I'm heading for. Tomorrow is... Bodycombat and Bodypump. I'm going to see if I can muster up the stamina to do both. As I know this is doing my body good, and constantly pushing it is helping it get used to the exercise in the long run. I think the mid afternoon naps are kinda helping to keep me awake to do work after classes. I certainly seem to be doing more. 
As they say... Your body can get used to doing ANYTHING. 5/6 hour walks last summer... an absolute breeze... there were even some 9 hour walks, or 2 5 hour walks in the day. So its no excuse to say to yourself, oh but I'll tire myself out. If you keep on going and you keep on pushing through, you'll get a lot more out of yourself. That kind of attitude can be applied to anything, whether it is studying for exams, learning new things, pushing your artwork further, exercising, and whatever else! You will slowly get used to the amounts you take on, and then you can up your game when you feel yourself getting bored, or it loosing its appeal. The trick is never to stop, constantly look for the next project, the next goal you want to achieve. Because if you stop, its a hell of a hard task to get yourself going again. I stopped drawing in my sketchbook for over a month. It sounds insane. But i was 'so tired of drawing' after that last project. But really it was because I hadn't thought of anything else to sink my teeth into, nothing new to get drawing... so write all your ideas down, and come back to them in your time of inspirational need! 

Ok, enough waffle. Maybe that inspired a few of you, maybe it didn't, but it makes me believe I can achieve anything, and I thought that thats a pretty good thing to share wouldn't you say? 

Ok guys, thanks for getting to the end of todays blog! 
Well done, now go out there and knock em dead.
xxx

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

PRINTS, Café Collective & A Lovely Day

I've decided to have a small sale! At the moment I have some prints from last year, and would very much like to clear out my storage space to make way for some new prints! 

So, instead of the usual £20, some selected prints are now £15

Here they are!

'Pogonophobia'
(SUPER SPECIAL- There has only been one print of this made, so you get a 1/1!)

'We Choose Not To Be Free'
(Last Print left! print 10/10)

 'Heart Attack'

The next four portraits are available as A3 prints (for £15 each)
OR
 A5 cards 
(£2 each)





I hope you enjoy the sale! Maybe pick up a bargain for a birthday or just to treat yourself!

All prints and cards are signed
All prints are numbered and currently all in their first edition.

To purchase any prints, cards or even to request one of my illustrations as a print, please email me at
stephanie_ayres@hotmail.co.uk

Paypal accepted.

My new print is available for purchase 'The Entomologists Dream' 
It is unfortunately not in the sale, and is still full price at £20 per print.




Ok! Onto some exciting new things!
Me and a few others are thinking of creating a collective... first idea for the name is the Café Collective... however, this may be subject to change! So watch this space, as we'll hopefully be putting up a new blog specifically for it! I will put the link to the new blog up on here, and also link you to the other fabulously talented ladies' own blogs.
Be excited people! Lots coming your way soon.

Today has been a lovely day, I managed to get some drawing done, we went and had a bite to eat at a lovely deli in Penryn, and then I scooted off to exercise class! We had a new instructor this time, and I think we didn't really work as hard. Hopefully she'll work us harder, if not, then I'll be going to the bodycombat straight after! 

Still keeping up with the exercising, the diet is also ok, but im allowing myself treats purely because i dont think id survive the week otherwise!

So, keep your eyes peeled, your senses alert! Because at any moment we could sneak up behind you and then WHAM! Awesome illustrations in your face. You have been warned.

xxx

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Fitness Führer, Exhaustion & Starting to Paint!

I seem to be on a roll this week... lets keep it up.
Yesterday I went on a 40minute run with Even, in and around Penryn... for anyone that knows Penryn... its bloody hilly isn't it!?! So that nearly killed me last night. I have that to look forward to every Sunday and Monday night! Thanks to my Fitness Führer! I must be such a pain to coach... as soon as we got halfway I practically gave up and wanted to walk all the way home. But no, fitness führer was on hand to push my in the back. My lungs felt like they were bleeding, and I felt like throwing up.
If theres one thing that I hate about exercise its the horrible wheezy chest and cough I get afterwards. Its like there has been gunk sat on my lungs and the exercise it the only thing lifting it off. woop.
Today I went to BodyAttack with Louise as instructor. Its pretty damn hard to get up and do exercise after you decided to have an afternoon nap beforehand. Its even harder to do it after a nap, and the day after your first proper running session. My calves are killing me. 
Tomorrow looks to be even harder, as I'm sure all this pain is going to build up by the end of the week. Tomorrow is FatBurner. I haven't been to this one yet, so should be interesting, and hopefully less painful for my body than the alternative of BodyCombat an hour afterwards. 
Wish me luck! Aim this week is to do one of these classes a day, and the days I can't make classes, I have to go for a run. AGGGH!
Anyway, to thank Even, here's a little doodle.


 Unfortunately I only became aware of some awesome alliteration I could have jumped on after I'd drawn the whole thing out. Ah well. Fitness Hitler it is.

So I've bought some more canvasses, in preparation for this project 
(I'm attempting to paint the majority in oil paints)
and for any other painting I may somehow miraculously get around to. Hmm.

Fingers crossed that I'm up to the challenge. I'm quite scared of oil painting really, at least when its not from reference. I don't know where this fear came from...but still. 

ciao for now! 
xxx

Monday, 26 April 2010

Portrait of Max, Bobby Bushtail & Cake


Here it is, albeit a rather odd portrait. Gouache A5. 
There will be another one to follow, this time a self portrait, and I hope to connect the two somehow. 
Thankfully the university store has some new canvasses in, the square ones I love, so I'm hoping to get some more painting done inbetween the painting I'll be doing for uni, and all the exercise I have planned.

Goal to achieve in 2 months- 12st instead of 12st13
Seems achievable. I hope it is! To be able to achieve this would make me one very very happy lady indeed. Then the next goal after that is 11st, and then I'll stop worrying so much, eh?

Finally some photos of bobby (the stuffed squirrel) along with a spread from 'To Make an Amblongous Pie'

Bobby brushes up on the latest in 'Moon' the monthly zine



 Guardian and curator of my desk museum/art gallery
Sometimes I wonder whether I get too personal with my blog... sometimes I couldn't care less. I aim to give an all round view of the ups and downs of a young lady studying illustration... and you'll damn well get it! Hehe! 

On a more serious note... go and have fun people... summer is upon us! 

xxx

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Weekend of Emotional Rollercoaster, Queen of the Mambo & King of the Bongo

So finally people, we have some new sketchbook work that im actually half pleased with. Depression is nothing if bad for creative juices sometimes, or maybe its good for it, i don't know.  Some you win, some you lose? Ok, lets not ramble, and get down to the juicy bits.

This weekend, has not been a nice one in general. It involved late nights with nothing to show for them, crying and serious anxiety. The feeling that your world is about to come crashing down around your ears could be a good summary. But, we're working at resolving that, and once a certain someone gets out of his foul mood, then I hope things between me and him are going to be ok. I really hope so. Losing him would quite possibly rip me in two! 
Anyway, enough emotional gushy crap.

Artwork is the name of the game on this blog!
And here's some for you to gobble up:

Queen of the Mambo and King of the Bongo


Thats all for now folks! More later!

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Ñuka camba llakini

Means I love you.

 Okay!!! Finished another stint of work at the care home... thank god thats over!! I can get back to worrying about artwork and my body for summer. Traveling back to Falmouth tomorrow to start again on Monday.

In other news, I am having some work exhibited in Saint Louis, MO, USA... at the Drawgasmic exhibition :) The piece of work will also be put into a coffee table book along with 999 other artists :) It will include a small bio, image of me, the piece of work and my contact details :D I'm very excited. I just need to create the work and send it off! What should I draw/paint? More crazy hybrid creatures?

In other other news... i have leishmaniasis... its a tropical disease caused by a sandfly bite. When my GP decides to get his ass in gear, and my dermatologist too, then i might finally get referred up to london and get treated! 10 or 21 days in hospital with a drip in my arm for 4 hours a day. Grrrreat. But i hope it makes me better. The disease I think is starting to have some affect on me, either that or I had just had enough of work! Just want to get better before I go out there again and bring something else back!

I am too too excited about going back to Ecuador right now. Only 3 more months and I get to be where I am probably the happiest in the world. I am glad me and Max have made the effort to stay together. I know that even if things don't work out, I have a friend for life. But here's hoping that all things do go extremely well, and I end up living out there! Dream come true! No more depressing weather! Time to paint outdoors/indoors! Football and volleyball, animals and forests. What more could a girl need?
I've been informed that the house building is going well, maybe it will be finished when I get there, maybe I can help build it! I'm hoping the latter, I'd love to help build a house! Possibly my future house!

Ok, so ARTWORK. this is an artwork blog after all. Hmm. I've done a couple of new pieces, and will upload some photos of them as soon as i get back to fal and get settled in again.  I've done a small portrait of Max in gouache, some watercolour lilies and not much else I have to say! I've mainly been practicing my Spanish, working and attempting to get fit :S

Anywhoo, must dash! Got some dreaming to do. Pictures later!