Ive had a piece of marine plywood sitting in my room for the last six months ... so I decided it was time to finally do something with it.
So, with my blank piece of ply and some oil paints Ive been avoiding using, I began painting a new portrait.
I don't have a studio space, or a designated area to paint. I don't own an easel or anything that resembles one. So I began and completed the painting on my bedroom floor, with the wood leant against my wardrobe.
I began this painting as a way of experimenting with oil paints again for the first time in almost five years. Ive had a love-hate relationship with oil paints for the last few years. The first time I used them, I have no concept that you could not simply wash them out with water. This resulted in a whole bottle of turps being used to clean my brushes and palette.
This experimentation has taught me much about a medium I am excited to use in the future. I want to experiment with different surfaces and textures; such as the plywood.
I believe that as an artist you can never stop learning, both through experimentation and from other artists. I spend so much time admiring the works of other local and international artists. They provide inspiration and motivation to try new things and challenge myself.
Abbey is a qualified secondary school teacher and Completed her Masters in Visual Arts and Creative Practice in July 2017. She creates interesting and colourful artworks, not afraid to experiment with new subjects and ideas.