Finally those 2 new pieces are finished. I am happy with colour and the contrast it’s creating against the background.
As I had a week off school, Simon and I went on a few trips last week. One took us to Khasab in Oman; a lovely small town, really worth a visit. Here are some sketches from when we went on a Dhow boat trip.
I have started on new butterflies, this time I want some strong colour contra-posted with a strongly textured, monochromatic background. I am working at the moment on developing techniques for creating large surfaces. I also tried a new scale for the project; this one is an aprox A1 size piece.
Ok, finally the rush and craziness of moving jobs (and country, and getting married – all in a 3 month package!) is slowing down and I have a chance to sit down and do some work. And what’s better a topic than my freshly unwrapped out of the box husband? I am feeling a bit rusty now with portraits and thus that I made Simon a promise to create 20 portraits of him. This is no1: ink wash on paper, A4.
By the way, if anyone would like to become my next portrait’s victim – um, I mean ‘subject’ – please let me know. I want to dust off those skills of mine.
There have been quite a lot of changes in my life recently. Let’s start with the fact that becoming an ArtSpace Studio member was a great pleasure. Unfortunately/fortunately I am no longer there as I have moved to… the United Arab Emirates!
I come across an opportunity to do some teaching in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), an Emirate about an hour east of Dubai, and here I now live, settling down with my husband. That meant I had to wrap up my lovely studio space! I am still in pieces trying to organize a new working space for myself, unpacking boxes and arranging our new apartment.
RAK is lovely and very, very hot. The only downside is a lack of art supplies in the near vicinity, but I am sure that a few trips to Dubai will sort me out with materials.
Today I have my second mentioning session with Nicola. She came to visit me in my studio, which was very, very nice. She liked my work, yeay. And she liked the studio too. Now I need to pull up my sleeves and work more to have some good new work to show in June when we will meet again.
So, very good news everyone, I have a proper studio now. Just before the Easter holidays I had a call from ArtSpace that they have a space free. So now I can proudly announce that Kasia Dzikowska has become a studio holder with them.
I have been moving my staff for a few days and yesterday me and Simon nipped there to take a few snaps of my work (thanks to Nicola who kindly gave me some very good notes about portfolio). The space is it splendid!
And here is a quick snap that S. took while I have been resting in-between putting work on the walls. Love it.
Finally! I found a bit of time to get onto my blog. Today is the second day of GCSE exam for my students and from now on my life (and theirs) will be much less stressful. I have a feeling that last month was all about them and any work on my own got practically abandoned.
Anyway, enough moaning. I have updated the site! Change has come after a mentoring meeting with Nicola (thanks Nicola) in which we have discussed my portfolio. I think that after tweaking it is only right to make change here too. I hope that it looks clearer now.
How did we become so uninvolved and emotionless? When did we begin to care more about this season’s fashion than the people surrounding us? The elderly neighbour whose wife just passed away? The relationship struggles of my brother? A work colleague stressed about money? I don’t care. My heart has been frozen.
This illustration is my response to the coldness all around us, the icy grip of an emotionless existence. It is not a judgement; I sometimes catch myself being frozen and disconnected from other people. That’s why I depicted myself in this work, holding out my cold dark heart, unable to get any response.
This piece come be as a response to the Editor’s Brief from Ideas Tap.
A2 ink on paper