Good evening.
The other day was the opening night of Northbrook College's exhibitions, my friend had his work up so of course I went along for moral support and free food.
Morgan is doing art and design media, so photography, film, technical stuff.
He made a short film depicting the character making essentially a suicide note to his mother, a thought provoking and moving piece.

This book was his whole thought process going into producing this piece, the equipment he needed, a script, story board and test shots.

Very very proud of his piece, not an easy thing to put out there for a lot of people to see, well done you / gosh, please imagine the exclamation marks, there would be quite a few /

Moving around the college I found one of my old classes, while I was studying there, these students were in the year below me so it was nice to catch up with my previous tutors and see how their work has progressed.

These photos are from the art foundation course which was a year long, Maya hand made a violin which was pretty cool, the range and variety of work was quite interesting.

These last two are of the new finished front of the college, being a university centre also they needed to upgrade the library and canteen areas which are now housed in this geometrical monster.
The light it lets in though is lovely and reminds me of Bucks New Uni..

Overall a really nice evening, always love looking at other peoples work.

Thank you for reading.

Hannah xo

Let's paint.

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Hello hello
So I have wanted to upload quite regularly on here but my damn laptop has been so unreliable at the best of times, I have a problem with the keyboard driver which means sometimes when I turn it on, not all the keys work... now when I want to type something to accompany the photos I have taken, that isn't always possible, currently none of the numbers are working so fingers crossed I don't need to use any.
Moving on to what I'd like to share today, from previous posts you may have noticed that I love to draw, paint, create anything really, so due to the unfortunate and untimely death of my iPad cable, I have had to bring out the messy stuff. 
Paints, pastels, pens, the lot. 

Painting essentials shown above.
Paint, these are watercolours.
Oil pastels, I love the feel of these on paper.
The paper I use, it's definitely the best I have found for using any medium of mark making, no bleeding or showing through to the other side.
They also come in A Three and A Four / apologies, the numbers still aren't working / but I find I just cut up the larger paper anyway.
Finally the baby wipes, now I've tried kitchen towel, blankets and tissues, but to get paint off straight away you need something damp, these are perfect.

For a pallet I just use a plate, there is more surface area to mix colours and the raised edges help me not to spill any.

Mixed media pieces are my favourite to do, I wasn't happy with this before I added the white spots and oil pastel lines.
I don't usually have a plan when I start drawing, it just sort of happens haha.

Like usual, quite photo heavy, but that's what I like doing.
I don't think I was too pleased with how these paintings turned out, I'm not sure if it's the type of paint I'm using; watercolour, I may change over to oils or at least acrylic.
When I paint or draw I prefer to make larger movements over small, detailed marks and I don't feel the consistency of the watercolour give me the satisfaction of being able to feel the paint? That makes total sense, right?

You've made it to the end, congratulations / imagine an exclamation point /

I am always a little worried putting up posts that feature a lot of photos but I always prefer looking at the pictures then just reading a little bit of text.
Feedback would be much appreciated / again, please imagine multiple exclamation points /

Thank you so much for reading.

Hannah xo

The Volharding.

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So this weekend I got to go on the a very old Dutch sailing barge called the Volharding.
 We drove up to very near Colchester to a place called Maldon and Hythe Quay where we were all quite surprised by the size of the ship itself, I had to take this image off the Volharding website as I wasn't able to get any pictures of it with the sails up.
We were on the boat all of Saturday and most of Sunday morning.
The skipper Jeff/Geoff, why does a name need more that one spelling?? and his number 1, John, also Ross and Lola who were the crew who looked after us all and kept us from falling overboard.. which was bad. 

Even though it was a relaxing couple of days it was also a chance to do some things we may have never otherwise been able to do, for example I helped raise the sails and was named the official sail tie holder.. yep.
Here are the ropes that operated all the sails and the boom which was the barrier that helped the skipper navigate the direction of the boat and it often moved with the wind to keep the ship straight.

On the bus drive up to Maldon, Matt asked who wanted to wear the Admirals hat, of course no one but myself volunteered so I got to wear it the whole trip!
Now normally I am never or very rarely in photos as I am always the one taking them but with my camera I can flip up the screen and take the odd selfie.. 

I took over 300 photos so cutting them down was not easy but I think these were the best out of those!
The whole trip was amazing, we had so much fun and I learnt a lot of nautical terms that are now buried in the depths of my memory.. 

So thank you to the Volharding team and the Shine Care group for taking us on the ship!

Have you been sailing?

Thanks for reading.

Hannah :) xo

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