My last complete painting was painted on a sheet of canvas and hung like a banner (see image). This gave reference to religious banners found in churches, and a secondary motive was the fact that it would save a massive amount of space when moving and storing the piece. I felt it was so successful that I have decided to use this method again for my next paintings i.e. my two self portraits. I am planning to make them between two and three feet tall, with a pole at the top and bottom of each, stitched into the canvas, and a length of cord through the top pole, from which they will hang.

I am almost ready to start work on the final paintings. I am just struggling with one aspect of my second self portrait; I want to form a raised/ embossed pattern in the background to mimic medieval religious paintings, but I have not yet found a way of doing this that I am happy with. I also have one more study to paint for this piece which I have not yet had time to work on.


I am not going to lie; it has been a turbulent year for me so far. I am so passionate about my art, and being an artist is all I can imagine myself doing in life, and yet, for all the hard work I put into my degree, I almost missed my chance.

As I approached the final few months of my degree, problems in my personal life overtook my studies, and my world was torn apart. I could no longer bring myself to work, and I only managed to make it to my final degree show because of the work I had previously made.

However, I am now in a much better place, and I am very happy to say that I am getting back to work. I have moved back to my home city of Sheffield and have decided to adopt a professional name, which means that I am now working as Sharon Mossbeck. I hope to use this blog as a kind of journal to keep up to date with new projects, as well as using Artists Talking to see what other artists are working on.

I am currently working on a couple of projects. The first is a pair of self portraits reflecting my circumstances during this year. They are still at sketch book stages, but I hope to begin work on canvas soon. The second is a cross-stitch project, which I hope to make available to the public, so that they can send their own contributions towards an exhibition.

If you are interested in seeing my degree work, you can see my previous blogs in Degree Unedited here: www.a-n.co.uk/p/1860301