Day 14 = 111 Shares
Sorry for all the confusion yesterday, we had a problem publishing because of the size of the picture files, so hopefully that won’t be a problem from now on.
Earlier today we attended UCLAN where I have been offered a place on the fine BA Hons Fine Art Degree course which is great because I have no academic qualifications, and I was offered a place purely on the grounds of the quality of my portfolio. One of the lecturers told me that nobody there would be able to show me anything I couldn’t already do with regard of my portraiture abilities, so I took this as a compliment, which of course it was, but I told him that wasn’t why I wanted to do the degree anyway. Rather, I want to explore other things, concepts which I haven’t encountered, I want to discover other ways of expressing my creativity. That doesn’t mean I will stop doing portraiture, you don’t just stop doing something you are good at, but that is something I will continue to do in my own time, like I do now.
The tricky bit now of course is to convince my employers that I can continue to do shift work, and, the 16 hours per week to do the degree course. The lecturer who paid me the compliment reassured me by telling me he was a mature student in full time employment working shifts when he sat his degree, so it’s not impossible, besides which I have waited for over forty years for this opportunity so I have to make the most of it.
As anyone who has read anything I have written in this blog will know, I’m not kidding myself, I don’t believe that a mega rich benefactor is going to discover me and sponsor my career. Nothing will be handed to me on a plate, and I’m not a childish dreamer, I had my illusions shattered when I was still young enough to believe that it might be possible to be the great artist. Through no fault of my own and because I had no other option, I turned my back on my art once before, but you see, whatever outcome develops, this is my destiny, I was meant to tread this path.
Thank you for your patience, good luck and best wishes with the competition,
Tony and Karina