Saturday, 21 February 2015

It was George not me.

So it looks like things might be slowly starting to get back to 'normal' not that I feel particularly normal right now. It always takes me a while to settle back down when I have been accustomed to upheaval. Trying to lower myself back down into my natural life level rather than crazy, busy, hectic, stressful life level always causes me a little bit of grief. It isn't until you stop that you realise how much pressure you have been under. I would do it all again though without question so that is all that matters.

But anyway, enough with these cryptic ramblings. I can tell things have started to become more usual. I managed to paint last night and instead of getting on with some work I really need to do today I am art-ing. That is better. My normal priorities resumed - stuff work deadlines - I'll sort them out tomorrow, today I am doing some things for me.

It wasn't until I sat down to paint last night that I realised I have really missed colour over the last few weeks. Bright colours, cheerful colours, 'me' colours. The painting yesterday was a therapy painting, very bright, very optimistic and just what I needed. I am tempted to paint another one this evening but I am a bit emotionally drained so I don't want to overdo it. Fingers crossed I can do another one tomorrow evening. Tonight, if I need colour, I'll just have to look at my paint tubes (or all the paintings on the wall).

Hopefully blogging will get back to being regular now, painting will happen too, but in the meantime anything else that happens you can blame on George.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Watch this space.

So you know I said January was starting with a bit of a bang? Well the bang just got considerably larger. So large in fact that art has had to take a total back seat for a moment as 'real life' well and truly takes over. That said, art 'stuff'' is still happening - I have sold a couple more paintings and I have another commission request to complete. I have also had delivery of an exciting telephoto lens for my camera. The main things that aren't getting done are updating, promoting and painting, but at the moment that is fine, some things are more important, and art can wait.

This is one of those times.

A normal service will resume shortly, because I will well and truly need to paint soon.

Watch this space.


Sunday, 18 January 2015

January 18th. Already!?!?

I am having that 'I need to write a blog post' feeling this evening. I don't really know what to write about though, I need to write 3 birth certificates for some new paintings I have done but at 11.30pm on a Sunday night I am not quite in the mood!

This year seems to be starting with a bit of a bang. Normally January is relatively quiet and I have the perfect chance to catch up with everything and devote myself to some quality art time. This is not really happening, highlighted by the fact that in order to paint this weekend I had to start (and finish) one yesterday evening at 10.30pm!! I think I am in real danger of becoming nocturnal, not helped today by only just finishing updating and putting all my new paintings online. I think this week is going to be one of those getting up early and staying up late ones so I can get everything done. Trying to hold down two jobs, and live, is not always easy....!

It is worth it though. I think......

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Calendar Competition

It seems like things have returned to normal after the crazy four days of last week. It has now been 3 whole days since I have sold something. I am quite happy with that as the break meant I could finish some architecture work and paint 2015 painting number 2. I am pretty pleased with this one, it is just the right amount of unusual and traditional to make it very me. I will blog about it later on this week hopefully although I haven't yet blogged about painting number 1 so that will have to happen first.

But anyway....to celebrate getting through the first week in January and for me to celebrate a successful week of sales and start to the year I have decided to run a competition to win one of my luxury A3 calendars. To enter, click onto my facebook page and like the appropriate post for your chance to win! Winner will be announced at the end of the week. Good luck!


Friday, 9 January 2015

Well that was unexpected.

WOW. What a week. Exciting, surprising and super quick.

So the two paintings I sold have turned into four and possibly a new commission. One of the paintings had to be packed and shipped in super quick time earlier today (about an hour and a half after it was purchased) which has left me slightly frazzled. Trying to get the paperwork together, book the courier and package the painting up properly in almost no time was slightly heart attack inducing, but I managed it and it was worth it for how happy the client seemed to be. The rest of the afternoon/ evening has been paperwork sorting but I did get my hair cut earlier so I have sat doing it whilst looking fabulous. (Well, maybe).

The only question left to decide upon for this week is whether to do a painting now or to just sit back and relax, after all it is Friday night, and I am sure they aren't for working. I have half an idea in my head though so I am not sure whether I will be able to leave it sitting there or whether I will have to pop it out. Sometimes, being creative is annoying.

Is it really only the first week of January!?!?

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

A Perfect Day

I am definitely liking 2015 already. Today has been a good art day and a good day all round. I unexpectedly managed to sell a painting earlier and I have another half on reserve which I will find out about tomorrow on whether it is staying with me or going to an exciting new home. I have also signed up to enter something for display at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and I am halfway through my first painting of 2015. I am currently waiting for the background to dry and slightly anxious. The first painting of the year always stresses me out slightly. I don't know why as I am unlikely to have changed that much between my last painting and this one but even so; You never know what that extra mince pie that you really didn't need might do to you.

I am also feeling slightly smug because I have completed my architecture work for the day, I managed to go for a walk and I have only eaten one chocolate. Providing this new painting goes well, today could turn out to be pretty much perfect.

A few more of these this year please!

(And also the perfect excuse to revisit this....)

 

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Happy 2015!

A bit delayed but Happy New Year! I went out on New Years Eve for once so this year is definitely starting differently to normal, let's hope the more exciting start makes for a more exciting year!

It seems like the break for Christmas - almost two weeks of avoiding the computer, eating, fresh air and having the sea between me and all my obligations seems to have had the healing powers required. I feel more centred, more relaxed, more focused and ready to start this year with a bang. I am making the most of all the sales at the moment and stocking up with more cards and upgrading a few bits and pieces of equipment. The most exciting one being a camera upgrade but I will tell you more about that later. I am also going to start a new facebook competition in the next week or so and attempt to enter a piece of work in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

I have high hopes for this year and currently the determination to match. The first step will be to consolidate all my to do lists into one, or rather into 'the one'. Having ten pieces of paper with numerous scribbles, crossing outs and exclamations is not only confusing but slightly stressing me out! I say the first step, the first step is to do the first painting of 2015. In fact, it might be the perfect time to do that now....