Monday, 31 August 2015

Art Time

My blog stats this month are not very good which is a shame. Possibly not overly surprising though as it is traditionally holiday season and I have only written 3 posts this month. It was obviously holiday season for me as well, not that it feels like it was but never mind!

I have had a super productive Bank Holiday weekend these last few days, and an art focused one for once. I have managed to finally put all my outstanding new photographs and paintings online EVERYWHERE, two paintings are packaged and ready and waiting to be sent, I have ordered a new chair to try and stop me turning into a hunchback, my spreadsheets are up to date, my finances also, and my to-do list is the smallest it has been all year. I should feel better than I do right now, but I guess there is always more to do. It has been good to have a solid block of art time though, I miss it, and would quite like it to carry on for a few more days but I already know there is a potential mountain of architecture work on its way. That is fine too though, a bit of art, a bit of money - not a bad mix. Now if I can just manage to squeeze in a painting either tonight or tomorrow night then we are sorted.

Oh, and prep/schedule a few blog posts - that might be a good idea too.

(Definitely ALWAYS more to do......)

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

One way or Another

I just entered the Aesthetica Magazine Art Prize today. I am not sure why really. I have always been a background person, I just get on with what I do, I don't win things, I am not the most popular, I don't shout about what I do but I do achieve things. I am after all selling my work, starting to have a fan base, have followers, get commissions. This is how I roll. I creep in slowly, I grab loyalty from the people who love what I do and it grows that way. I will never be 'on trend' I don't believe in fashion, I, god knows, am not fashionable, but I am me, and the best me I can be.

But when it comes to competitions, I might as well not bother.

But I feel like art is a bit like that anyway. When was the last time you watched the Turner Prize and thought, oh yes, that was the artist that should have won. Never? Well exactly.

I would like to win something one day though, and that is why I have entered and why I will keep on entering the RA Summer Exhibition. I am sure they will let me in one day, or at least live to regret not letting me in. I will win one way or the other.  


Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Coffee?

As I still haven't had a chance to sort through my photos I thought I would share another artistic experiment with you instead. A while ago (a long while ago) I went to a pottery painting place with my sister and nieces. This is basically a place where you can choose a piece of pottery, unfired, paint it and then they will glaze/fire it for you. There are lots of items to choose from - plates, cake shaped pots, skulls, tea pots, coffee pots, cups, mugs, saucers, bowls and probably lots of other things I have forgotten. There were lots of paint colours to choose from as well, as well as paint pens.

I was particularly taken with a coffee pot; something about its slightly strange shape seemed to speak to me at the time. Apart from the fact that I slightly wish I had gone prepped with a design, for a first attempt, and one off-the-cuff as it where, I think this pot will do.


Monday, 3 August 2015

Whiling Away

Oops, I let the ball slip a bit there. This was mostly because I had to revise for my theory test last week. Yes, that is right, I am learning to drive, and only ten or so years late. Fortunately I passed, and as the results are valid for two years that should be more than enough time to get my practical out of the way as well. I shall be glad when all this is over. Work, art, driving, life, socialising, I don't really want to play with all of these things at the moment. Just some art will do and maybe some socialising. I would like a holiday from the rest.

Speaking of holidays, I had a mini break back to the Isle of Wight this weekend and went on a bit of a photography binge. I have high hopes for a couple of my shots, specifically a set I took of some scummy sea water. I promise it will make sense when you see the photos. I have quite a lot to sift through though, and as a lot of them look the same it may take a while....possibly an especially long while as whiles are something I am finding hard to come by....



Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Rain Check

It looks like I might have a bit of free time for the rest of this week as for once, I have no architecture work to do. This makes me quite excited for all the art stuff I could possibly do. I say possibly because it feels like the first time this year in which I have nothing specific to do. We all know that with such power comes reading, sunbathing, ice creams and generally being incredibly unproductive.

Let's hope it is raining tomorrow. Maybe. (It is actually predicted to...)

In the meantime, blog hits are back to normal, I have sold a couple of prints on Fine Art America and a few bits on Society 6. This is all sounding better. Now to sell some paintings, or at least paint some and then I might feel human again. Painting is giving me no satisfaction at the moment. I think this is mostly because I need a challenge and possibly because all the art stuff recently has been marketing or organising related, i.e. not inspiring.

Insert suitable "You need to prep the soil for the seeds to grow" saying here....


 

Thursday, 16 July 2015

The Liver Building

Oops, I let my posting slip a little there... time to do an emergency piece! I am hoping that posting a bit more often will get my viewing levels back to what they were before my posts died down a little (a lot!). I find them quite therapeutic to write so I don't suppose it matters either way.

Not much art stuff is happening this week, although I sold another print on Fine Art America and I have put myself forward for a few commissions so fingers crossed.

The print I sold was of the Liver Building, and, as that is on my Birth Certificate to-do list I think I will do that one now!

The Liver Building:



The Reason

It was mentioned by a lovely lady who bought one of my paintings that she might like a painting of the Liver Building. I put the suggestion into my painting filing cabinet in the back of my head.

The Setting

I looked at some images of the Liver Building when the possible commission was mentioned. I have no idea why, but almost a year later, it starting knocking around in my head and I thought, yes, I need to paint you now.

The Inspiration

Various pictures of the Liver Building, the docks, my thoughts of what Liverpool is like. The word Liver-pool, the weather. Strength, a strong building at the end of a long journey, lit up in a stormy sky. Warmth, stoic, solid. I love this painting, actually, now that I have mentioned it, I would quite like a print of it. I made a book a while ago collecting all my work together. I have done quite a lot of new pieces since then. Maybe I need to think about doing part 2....

 


Sunday, 12 July 2015

Stat!

I have been thinking about blog statistics and social media today. I think I am missing a trick by not using Twitter and Instagram either to their full capacity or full stop. I have also been looking at various websites/apps that offer the facility to tweet, or post a picture once and then they repost it across the board on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and wherever else. This obviously saves a lot of time although I kind of like tailoring each thing to whichever audience is receiving it - needs must though. At least I have been a bit better about posting on this blog for a while; Maybe not quite once a day, but I have left it no longer than 3 or 4 days at a time recently, rather than months on end which is a massive improvement. My blog fortunately floats at a relative amount of page views a day on its own, but blogging regularly does make a difference. I seem to have perfected the art of the regular peak and trough of views depending on whether I am being up to date or not.... My favourite moment is still the massive hike in views from when I first redesigned my blog to look like it does now. That was definitely effort well spent.

  Art and getting noticed is frustrating at times. It seems like you need to have a degree in marketing as well as being in the right place at the right time, and actually being good at what you do. It is just as well I have a friend in Marketing and I have a few ideas up my sleeve still. The worst thing will be when I don't know what to do next. I also have a good selection of friends and family that like name dropping me at every possible opportunity and throwing my work around at everyone they know. I am sure between all of us I can get the ball rolling a bit faster, and a bit bigger.....