Thursday, 17 November 2011

I was burning the midnight oil last night

SBA Assignment 12 (Climbing Plants): 9.00/10

So I went to bed at 1am this morning... still not finished! I will be working on this little beast of a project tonight, so it will have to be sent by recorded delivery tomorrow morning. I have been working on getting the two bottom passion flowers - trying to get them to leap off the page (REALLY DIFFICULT!). With them being so pale, they naturally recede into the paper. I am really happy with the shadow on the left flower around the right below the stigmas. It seems to work well.

This bit above needs more work - the last touches

I can't even begin to describe to you how tired from working. Keeping a full time job on the go as well is now becoming very tricky indeed. It was not bad to begin with, but I am beginning to become concerned with regard to my portfolio pieces ... I have to do one a month on average.

It's been really lovely seeing more comments on my blog recently. It's always good to hear what people have to say - good or bad. Thank you!

I hope my next post will be about this beauty being put in the post!

15 comments:

  1. Hi Jessica
    Loving the detail you have given to the leaves. Sorry to hear the work load is getting you down. Keep at it, we are all there with you.

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  2. Its really come along and the passion flowers are beautiful-Its a good job you like doing leaves too-hell of a challenge.
    I worried about the portfolio too but it was all Ok in the end - planning is everything! xx

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  3. Thanks Jarnie and Claire. In the end I didn't do anymore last night because my back hurt too much. So it's gone as it is with a note that the leaves on the left are not completely finished. Hope that will be ok. It's not worth making one ill over is it?! Thank you for your encouragement.

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  4. Looking great Jess :) I don't know how you work full time and study...I'm telling you; i couldn't do it for sure!!! However i was a childrens nurse; so i guess i could have fitted it around shift work! Your doing a great job Jess...I have no idea what i'm doing for my diploma pieces! xox

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  5. Jess, this is looking fantastic- your best so far. I'm not surprised that it is taking so long as there is so much in it. My neck was aching the other day and I bought some Therma pads from the chemist... They are disposable bandages that you stick to your body and they give off heat for up to twelve hours. The relief was incredible- my muscles relaxed and I had a great nights sleep. They are not expensive (4 euro) but worth a try. I hope you got your painting finished- I'm posting mine on Monday ( I hope) :) xx Shevaun

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  6. Dear Jess, I can't even begin to imagine how you manage the course with a full time job, but you have done a wonderful job with this assignment. I love it because it looks so natural, the passion flowers are just amazing! One way to fit everything into the time available is maybe to just do smaller pieces...that's what one tutor told me back at the seminar. You just have to do work according to the time you have available. I hope you have recovered a bit and were able to get some energy back by now. x

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  7. Oh how lovely! Lots of comments :D! Thanks Julie, Shevaun and Sonja, who are all with me on this one. I hope you are all recovered now, from a long assignment. Sonja - great idea - so small. I think that I will definitely try to do that. I am starting with the vegetable/fruit so there are more flowers out come march for the other two pieces, so I will try to do something less intense. i.e. - not another Sally!

    Shevaun - those heat pads are great. I used to use them for my wrists at uni. I think I will try and get some. My other half will be pleased as he is always having to rub my neck when I am sure he has better things to be doing. Hope you got it all completed for Monday. Can't wait to see it!

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  8. Beautiful painting. I love being able to see the progression of the work. The size is great, but I can certainly see the wisdom of doing smaller pieces I this situation

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  9. Lovely work Jess, such a complex composition -it's really impressive! Puts me to shame. I'm sure it will be ok if a couple of leaves aren't quite finished. They will appreciate how much effort you went to and it's a fab result :)

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  10. Jessica, it is very beautiful and I hope you will get great marks for it!

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  11. Thank you Patricia, Dianne and Alena. I will have to let you know the marks I get for it. It was a really complex composition, which I didn't realise at first. I was just so keen to do something climbing, and something that came 'from the side' rather than from the bottom. What I ought to have done upon reflection is to remove some of the leaves and put in more flowers. Alas, I only had one sprig of Runner Bean in flower in my garden! :(

    Thanks for the comments - it's nice to feel part of the bot. ill. group :)

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  12. Wow Jessie this is really wonderful I can't quite believe it! I do hope they mark it high and don't get too bogged down with it being is a smaller scale to the actual species.
    Let us know as soon as you know please. :))))xx

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  13. Such a wonderful piece Jess and all the more so because you had to fit it in around full time work - you are nearly there - well done you for taking a different view and showing your originality. xxx

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  14. Congratulations on your mark.....9.0 is very very good for a girl with a full time job and yoga and a boyfriend!!!!!!

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  15. Thanks mum! Thanks for all your support too, letting me get it done on holiday and supplying me with amazing food and cups of tea to fuel me. Not to mention everything you have taught me. Your amazing xxx

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