Forgotten user name and password

So over a year ago I lost my phone. This meant I lost my cache data. Randomly today I had a Facebook memory from about 2-3 years ago where I shared my WordPress page as part of a college project.

So user name found so I could now reset my password.

So what’s changed:

  • I graduated with a 2:1 degree in Fine Art. ‚úä
  • I am currently doing a 2 year PGCE (graduate in 2018)
  • I currently teach level 2 art and design 1 day a week
  • I occasionally run after school art groups.
  • Ive signed up to a gym to lose all the weight gained by eating sandwiches and coffee at university.ūüí™
  • I am about to embark on an epic journey of happy families and move into a house with my boyfriend and get a mortgage.
Family day out

What’s the same:

  • I still have 2 cats
  • Ive kept the same name.

Mature students university story.

Day two

Today we had a bit of a late start at 1330. We checked out the other pub for lunch when we arrived which had loads better options and was also cheaper and cleaner. Winner.
U had a bottle of cider with my dinner something I later regretted as I sat through a Library induction.

Considering it was a library induction we didn’t go into the actual library to have a look round. The induction was a basic power point of how to use it and I do admit that I still don’t have a clue.
I am a learn by doing sort of person and people stood talking without any interaction is the worst way for me to learn as I get completly distracted by the nearest shiny thing…

Ooo shiny.

We spent the late afternoon wandering round the middlesbrough institute of modern art meeting the curators.
A gallery that I have had a drawing displayed In when I was 1 of 50 participants for the chorus project.
Again I got distracted by shiny things.. this time it was a jenny holzer piece. Fantastic work. 

And then due to studying in the city of fog we got rained on and drenched on the way back to the car and got stuck in traffic rush hour. I’m currently laid in bed attempting to write this while my eyes do the flight path of slowly down and up again fighting the blackness of sleep that is attempting to overwhelm me.

Day 2 finished

Good night x

An art students mistakes

So as I start my journey on completing my art degree, that I started back in 2006, I am filled with memories of that time and the mistakes that I made.

10 things that u will probably buy that are useless and not worth the money:
1. Cheap paint in tiny tubes (dull and there isn’t enough)
2. Floppy sketch books
3. Cheap paper (the stuff that felt pens soak through)
4. Matching stationary (art students are nutorious pen thieves )
5. All the books on the suggested reading list ( use the library)
6. Cheap canvas to paint on. (Handy yes but look terrible)
7. A cheap digital camera ( get a proper one if u need to I suggest a nikon but u need to be able to change the settings on it and ur looking to spend ¬£300+  and then u probably won’t use it unless you decide that photography is your media of choice. Just draw everything instead)
8. New clothes. ( I give them a month tops before they are covered in stuff even Sunday best)
9. New shoes. She above.
10. All the equipment you think your going to need for the year all at once. ( I still have alot of materials left. Buy as you need just have a stock of general stationary and a decent sketch book)

The story of university as told by a mature student

So today I start my next step, I enroll onto my final degree year at a new university. This is my story of the first day updated as often as possible.

The daughter is at school, it’s raining and I am very wet. Decided I’m gonna wear comfort over style today so I opt for my jeans and hoodie and some nice comfy (paint covered) black boots. After over thinking things I decide that I need my war face on (make up). I generally don’t wear make up as I simply don’t feel the need to, however today I will be (hopefully) meeting alot of new people, and I have found that a woman with no make up on are often looked upon as overly confident and it makes other people (mainly other woman) feel insecure.
Waiting for my carpool guests to arrive before I set off I listen to a whole host of sexist male jokes spewing from the only male in the groups mouth whilst he tries to calm everyone’s nerves¬† including his own and giggling along with him knowing full well it is meant in jest and replying with get out my house you male pig.

So after completely ignoring the fact that I was going to return to my degree, for the entire summer I am now sat here all student like. One leg slung over the arm of the chair leaning back against the other side; sipping a hot mocha; wearing my cosy new hoodie, with the school logo on, proudly; whilst conversing with my friends who are joining me on the epic mission of life.


My nerves are on the edge of their seat. I have no idea what to expect from the day as each university is different. We are literally sat in the nearest dryest place to our registration point. Am I excited for the journey ahead or completly nervous about joining this new university on the final year of the degree?

Registration was very straight forward. Hand over identification and acceptance letter, get given back a new student card.
I am now officially a fine art degree student at Teesside university.

My nerves and anxiety gave me a sudden boost of adrenaline and I currently feel like I could run a few miles.
So we have just been told to go wait upstairs for a tutor to come along and wait by the couches.. what couches. So we have pulled up some floor and are sat giggling away in our little group to the adrenaline fueled stories of the summer whilst the freshers look on in distaste of being by themselves. ( I have been their it is not pleasant experiencing it all by yourself especially in a new city.)

After quickly looking around at the MA exhibition we decide to grab some lunch. We head back to the pub we claimed when we arrived and find a rather short menu which without our student loans we (I) can’t afford.

I’ve been really itching to get in the library. After spending 2 years at the local college, which has such a small library without a single feminism book, I find the current one a bit overwhelming. Everything is number coded not a label in site. We haven’t had our library induction so we cannot use the computers to find certain books yet so I head off for a wander through the stacks and stacks. All put so closely together that u cannot pass in the isles over 2 large floors. I found an entire section dedicated to feminism and the opposite masculinity. In the final section of the library all the art books were found although I have noticed quite a few scattered between the shelves and biology would be a good stop off for research to.
Yes I am a geek.. I am a degree student after all how can I not be.

Just arrived home safe.
I spent the rest of the afternoon sampling the freshers fair. Filling my stomach with free pizza, sweets, cookies, cola and spring rolls. Picking up a free tshirt and loads of leaflets that will most likely go straight in the bin when I get sorted. I am looking forward to my free greggs lunch tomorrow.
The adrenaline has left my body and the anxiety has passed and I am now left exhausted faced with a messy house from the final summer Weekend booze up with the besties and lover.

So that’s the story for the day

Thankfully I don’t have to deal with the terror of leaving home for the first time and living in halls this time round.
I spent a good part of the summer getting aquainted with the city so I have become quite accustomed to it.

I just can’t wait to get my studio and get started on my work.

Till tomorrow.

Mel x

Final Major Project. Week Six

Week 6.

By creating the frame on the canvas but not painting the full figure into the frame the form becomes not fully confined, a woman is not defined by her physical appearance so I have been deliberately framing my images in respect of this. I dislike creating a boundary for the female in my work, positioning her fully within the canvas, as it traps her onto the canvas. The white square contrasts against the curves of the female giving it an aesthetically pleasing arrangement and frame but also highlighting the difference between a man made frame and the organic shape of the figure.

the wrong figure
the wrong figure

Instantly recognised that the figure was not the correct composition for this painting.


the embossing drawing that I was going to work from.

embossed paper

The composition that I was originally going to paint

life drawing
life drawing

The figure that I decided to work from.

drawing out the figure
drawing out the figure

my colour palette for this painting is acrylic cobalt blue, white and ultra marine blue for depth.

almost finished
almost finished

and the week is only half finished so this week will continue to be updated

Final Major Project. Week Five

Week 5

Continuation of lady on red.

creating the correct proportion
creating the correct proportion

The proportion of the head to the body was incorrect so I have enlarged it but I am struggling to get it correct.

I am wanting the head turned into the shoulder to give her a look of shyness. The curve of the spine was too low so I positioned it higher and flattened out the back and increased the size of the breast.

The arm is just suggested line as anything more and it will be a distraction from the form.




correcting errors in proportion
correcting errors in proportion

Having the head shortened to bring the face further into the shoulder works better. The line of the arm directs the viewers eye directly up to eye of the lady

The hair of the lady needs texture but adding too much will be distracting and too little will look flat. I solved this by adding in contrast then obliterating it with another layer of red paint which simplified it.

finished lady in red
finished lady in red

I finished the week by planning and building a canvas for another painting of the same size and style but in blue as a direct contrast to the warm red.

Final Major Project. Week Four

After concentrating heavily on mono printing and the female form I decided to have a very in-depth think about what I am doing and why.
My conclusion:

Within my practise I have become aware of the constant re-occurrence of line and geometric shapes. I am drawn to the beautiful aesthetic of the female form which to me is the symbol of life (another common repeating theme within my work.)
Currently I am very drawn to the contrast between a square and a circle.

I am attempting to recreate a print, that I created last week, onto canvas.


I have built a canvas that is 4ft x 4ft out of pine with a double cross bar in the centre. my chosen palette of colour is acrylic crimson red, cadium red, cobalt blue to add shade and black and white for definition

starting point
starting point

The red square on white of the print worked very well in the print.
Having the background the same colour as the body helps create a lack of definition for the female from the background.

Having the solid colour as a background and then working into it also saves time blocking in areas at a later date and gives a fuller picture faster than starting with just line which works well with mono printing.




drawing the figure
drawing the figure

I have drawn the figure in so that all the lines direct the eye to the head.
I have added a solid black line around parts of the body to give the illusion of form as it adds shading

I am keeping my painting quite simple and suggestive rather than photographic as that is my chosen style, and it is not meant to be fully representational.