Field Reflection. (Things Behind the Sun)

Overall I’m glad I got put in ‘Things Behind the Sun’ as it has pushed me to do things that I’ve never particularly enjoyed or has been a strong suit of mine. The Pembrokeshire trip was hard for me as I’ve never really practiced drawing and it’s not a natural skill of mine, but saying this, I’ve definitely gained a new found love for drawing and the trip has started a journey of finding my own drawing technique and style. I’ve now even brought drawing into my own practice, which is something I thought I’d never see happening as drawing has before always given me anxiety, especially when I’m being made to draw like on the Pembrokeshire trip. The trip definitely had me in an array of emotions but looking back I’m happy with my 100+ drawings and the memories made. The workshop after the trip also had the same effect, I loved putting my 100+ drawings on the wall, talking about them and seeing everyone else’s work too, but the tasks we were set in the second half I really struggled with and found it extremely difficult to continue with. 
 
I picked the print workshop with Laura because print is something I’m comfortable with and I had already thought about using some of my drawings and taking them further with screen printing. The printing we ended up doing wasn’t something I enjoyed and struggled with. I haven’t been happy with any of my outcomes or the actual action of making the work either. What I did really get drawn to was etching but not to print with but the actual etched board itself. Etching with an electric tool is something I had never even heard of before but it ended up really exciting me. I’ve even brought etching into my subject work because of how much I enjoyed the process and outcome so much. I’m happy I chose the print workshop and with the techniques I’ve learned overall even though I’m doubtful that I’ll use what I’ve learned within my own practice. 
 
With everything I’ve learned over the last 8 weeks, I think etching is something I’ll hopefully be using more of within my work and now I’ve gained more confidence with drawing and I feel I’ve found a way of drawing, it’s something I want to keep working on and trying at even after the project has finished. 

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