I have just finished my M.A in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art and thoroughly enjoyed it. I consider myself an illustrator and I work for a company called 'Creative Minds' who take art and craft sessions to older adults and adults with learning disabilities. The following entries are my drawings and musings. All images are copyright of Kerina Strevens. Please contact me on my website kerinastrevens.co.uk.
It's spring but instead of getting warmer, it's getting colder. As I don't like the cold I have stayed in a bit this last week. I am in the middle off a tidy up of the bedroom and it's coming along nicely. I have books that I have forgotten about but that I love and can't part with and other books and more books. It would appear that I am obsessed by books. Particularly books with pictures in that people have drawn. I also possess many art magazines and many magazines in general which have now gone into the bin before I can think better of it. The next job is to part the art stuff from the craft stuff and then organise it all, so it's all at hand and I'm able to easily locate it when it's needed. Then I will feel happier.
I've had a lovely week. The weather was good and not as bad as the forecast suggested and I was on a break with my family in North Norfolk. The most amazing thing was that we saw more horses where we stayed than we did cars and I didn't think anywhere still existed where that was true. We had some lovely walks and some lovely pub meals and we had a big family barbeque and a big family dinner and it was all pretty wonderful. In fact it was so good, we may consider it again.
I did a little drawing and the above was a sketch from my bedroom window. We got to see a lot of pheasants and a few hares too, so I was really pleased. When we came home my sister-in-law and nieces took me to see 'Beauty and the Beast', I thought it was very good. My smallest niece made me laugh when she jumped up mid film and shouted 'he deserved that! He REALLY deserved that!' when Gaston died after shooting the beast in the back twice. So a very good week indeed and this coming week my nose goes back to the grindstone. Onwards and upwards.
Just posting this quick as I'm having a few days away. This is a sketch of the hedge and verge opposite where we're staying. The shadows look particularly nice in the early morning sun. Home soon. I don't know why it's turned itself sideways.
This was another one for the magazine, 'The Showing Journal', although this one wasn't used as I had to change the riding attire. The pony had been rolling in the sand. It's felt like a long week. I had to have blood tests and they've now sent me for more blood tests. My guess is nothing came up on the original tests and they're trying other things now to rule them out. I've been feeling very tired and wondered if my thyroid was to blame as the other women in my family suffer from underactive thyroids. We will see. Perhaps I just need a good holiday. In other news, I had to travel down to Surrey this weekend as we had a group meeting of all the 'Creative Minds' artists and it raised some useful points. I just find all the driving in London stressful as I'm more used to driving in Ipswich and the countryside surrounding it. Fortunately, it wasn't too bad and I paid the toll for the Dartford crossing before I went, so I didn't have to worry about that. I have another busy week coming up now, workwise. That's good though.
I've been doing a little bit of experimenting, this effect was achieved with tissue paper. I'm still playing around with it. It's quite a nice effect, makes me think of tree bark. I've been fairly busy this week and it now gets busier until we reach Easter, then hopefully things calm down again. I have a company meeting next week end so that will be a bit of a jaunt. I have blood tests on Monday to see if I have an underactive thyroid, something that seems to run in the women in our family. Last time the tests came back negative, so we'll see. The weather seems to be improving. The blossom is out and the flowers are beginning to bloom. Whether it will stay this way is anyones guess. I'm hoping so!
These are doodles that I did last week, I was thinking of Georgian things but it's come to nothing really. I have another two or three projects I want to start working on, so this one is on the back burner for a bit. I feel a little better this week, even though I had to part with a lot of money for the car's M.O.T. It was painful and I got a bit fed up wandering aimlessly round Ipswich , though I did take a couple of vouchers my sister had given me and spent them. I'm rather pleased with what I bought too. Yes, they were children's books! The weather was lovely on that day too, so at least I wasn't wandering round in the pouring rain. I did some price comparing in various craft shops as well, so it wasn't time too wasted. The good thing about the Uni in Ipswich is that there are now lots of shops with art and craft supplies. I used to have to go to Woodbridge to find a decent art shop. Typically, the weather has gone a bit rubbish for the weekend. We're definitely heading the right way now though.
I have found this week very difficult to get through. It's worse because it was an average week. It wasn't a bad week, no one was harmed or died or anything else that makes you feel like the world is against you. I've just really struggled to get through the week. I had a few sessions and they seemed to go ok. I can't work out why it was such a struggle. I wonder if I'm suffering from a little anxiety. I've booked an appointment with the Doctor because I'm also tired. On the upside the daffodils are all out and it's getting warmer and brighter. Everything seems to be in bud and shooting. I had a couple of nice drives in the Suffolk countryside in the sun this week. I appreciate it more because in the old job, where I was positioned in the building, there were no windows. I had to move out of the area to see what was going on with the weather. These are some more sketches of my sleepy Flo cat.