The basic rules for #artchain seem to be you post three pictures a day for five days of your work on Face Book with the hash tag #artchain in the title somehow and nominate someone else each day. Everyone does it their own way and for different reasons but basically its about sharing.
I decided do a mini retrospective of my journey so far as an artist and went right back to my student days and I ended up enjoying myself and I feel like putting the whole #artchain thing on here so it's all in one place.
So here it is
Day 2 #artchain a few years on, some things from my post graduate show at the Royal Academy of Arts 1990 - lovely latex!
Day 3 #artchain - so my art was smaller and more private for the next 15 years or so. Busy moving to Cornwall, getting married, working full time for Cornwall Wildlife Trust and having a baby. Just writing, dreaming in sketchbooks and occasionally painting small things for my friends.
Day 4 #artchain. 2006 onward drawing and writing and making digital collages in Photoshop. Eventually 2010 had a studio and could start to make again. I've put a 1990 latex piece along side a 2006 digital collage and finally a 2011 resin piece. Things are different and the same.
Day 5 #artchain. I was always outdoors naming the plants and the birds as a child but I got lost in London. It wasn't the best place for me. Now having lived in Cornwall and worked for Cornwall Wildlife Trust for more than twenty years I have re-linked with my roots, my curiosity and awe of the natural world and my being an artist. Now it's Me, Cornwall and the sea.
Not sure what happens now because I am still overwhelmed with life and work and still not making or drawing but it's helped me see that it's OK to stop and do other things. I am not a career artist. I just do what I love doing and sometimes that is making art and sometimes that is swimming and walking and enjoying being with my friends and family. When I feel good about things I will share and when I need to keep quiet I will keep quiet.