Tuesday, 29 December 2015


Today my Wacom Intuos Draw Tablet arrived, so I will be doing a review/ first impressions of it.

I've never used a graphics tablet before, so I didn't really have any expectations. The set up was very quick and simple. I also downloaded ArtRage lite, as it came free with the purchase.

Actually using the tablet feels almost like drawing on paper, this tablet is really good because the more pressure you apply to the tablet the thicker the line your drawing will be! The tablet comes with 3 spare pen nibs that are stored into the back of the tablet so they safe.

If you have any questions about this tablet, comment below.

Amber x

Wednesday, 23 December 2015


This week I visited Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery and came across this really cool painting by Fiona Rae. It is oil painting on canvas and is huge. What I really liked about it, was the thickness of the paint. I couldn't help but think how fun that must have been to paint. I'm also starting to become quite fond of abstract and contemporary art lately. I used to only like realistic portraits or landscapes, but doing a Fine Art degree is really making me appreciate all different types of art.

Amber x

Wednesday, 16 December 2015


Here are some books I have got from my university's library to read over Winter break.

1. Clyde Hopkins: New Work.

2. Drawing from the modern 1975- 2005. This book is really good. It has a bunch of amazing Modern Artists and some interesting words on topics such as semiotics, activist art and neo- expressionism.

3. Gerhard Richter, Red: Yellow: Blue.

Amber x

Tuesday, 15 December 2015


Here is some art I have been working on in university.

This piece was actually an accident. I was trying to clean my palette with paper because I couldn't find any tissue paper to clean it with. I really liked how it looked so I stuck it onto some cardboard with green masking tape. This piece was slightly and subconsciously influenced by John Bunker and Niamh O'malley.

For this piece I screenshot Edvard Much's the scream and zoomed in until I found an interesting composition then painted it using acrylic paint. I really enjoyed doing this, and will probably try it with different art work.

I was given the topic of semiotics for this project. So I kept it quite plain and obvious with the apple symbolising temptation, the colour of the apple to portray danger and the green arrows symbolising envy. The whole piece is basically showing how when we're jealous we are tempted by what isn't ours which can lead to bad situations...

I then wanted the symbols to be less obvious and open to negotiation. So this piece symbolises the complexity and depth of a female. She can seem pretty and petite but like a scorpion she is powerful.

Amber x

Sunday, 6 December 2015


A few weeks ago I visited the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and came across this beautiful painting by Ged Quinn.

It's really overwhelming standing in front of this painting. The colours are so vivid and rich and it's massive (200x320cm). If you're in or around Liverpool, I really recommend you go and see it.

Amber x