Moving on to Level 3

I’ve enrolled on Level 3, and decided to use a new associated blog.  Follow me now on

As they say in the movies “That’s all folks” ( as far as level 2 is concerned).  Although I might post my results later in the summer.


What now? post Level 2

My student card for Printmaking 2 expires today.  By strange coincidence and the skin of my teeth, I have posted off my final Assignment.

It’s been a marathon.  When I started two years ago, I was a full time carer – my mother in law lived with us and I was respite carer for my mother with dementia.   For different reasons we have had to manage both mums into residential care, my mum has been moved up to Suffolk and is now seriously unwell, I am her only local carer/regular visitor, my brother’s marriage has split up, and mine is distinctly wobbly.  We are close to completion on selling mum’s house and buying another for my brother.  I have been trying to establish self-employed art-related work that pays, and seem to have ended up getting the voluntary experience but not the wherewithall to pay the rent!  Our son is abroad, and I have not seen him for the whole of the duration of the course!  Somehow in all this, I have got through the work! and remained reasonably sane.  My confidence as an artist has definitely grown.

So what now?  A short break – to finalise the selling of the house and finish the move.  Time with mum, which is running out.  Time reconnecting with the family, and a chance to paint and print the things I want.

An application form for Cliff College’s “Arts and Ministries” Course, and a conversation with OCA about exactly what is needed to complete level 3 as the courses seem to have changed since I first started my degree.  The three would work very well together I think, so I am seriously wondering whether  to use the next two years to focus on training and experience more than paid work and emerge in 2018 with a good set of qualifications to go with my brand new bus pass.  I will still have at least 6 years of employment ahead of me before retirement.


Yay!  Finished all the printing for Assignment 6.  This afternoon I have done the second side of my “luggage labels” for the mobile, collaged the driftwood prints and mounted my “city” prints ready for sending off to my tutor.  it’s too dark now to photograph them, will do that in natural light at the weekend.


Final week

Family medical and financial matters have needed a lot of my attention recently.  It is a sign of how much I am enjoying this final piece of work, that I have been able to keep it going, working as and when I can on preparing plates and running off practice prints. It has meant working in early mornings, and late nights, but I am particularly pleased to have got my city monoprints done, and the mobile is being nudged forward bit by bit.

This weekend, once again I have been the organiser of our church Candlemas festival, getting crib displays together and overseeing the setting out.  I also run the group craft activities – this year I reseached some origami stars on Youtube and after I had taught myself, showed others how to make them.

This week I am working on my final pieces of printing.  I had a first go at woodcuts and tissue collage last week and today I have spent 7 hours replacing collage with linocut and feel much happier with the work produced.  I have discovered more opportunity for collage in what I have produced today.  I have one more day set aside for printing this week, and hope to finish then.


Surprisingly I am really, really enjoying doing the production work on Assignment 6, and defending my diary space like mad.

I am trying to be positive in the middle of a marriage meltdown; selling a house for mother with dementia, investing wisely for her future, buying a house with unwell brother, arranging private mortgage, difficult negotiations with solicitors, conveyors,financial advisors; taking mum for numerous hospital appointments in the light of possible re-occurrence of other serious illness; trying to set up my own self employment opportunities by doing voluntary work and putting on my own workshops; my car broke down last week so I am in a hire car, and I have the worst cold I have had for ages.  Church commitments and appointments continue.

I am trying to be “Picasso-like” and let my art work flow in “controlled uncontrol”   – it matches the rest of life at the moment!!