Tuesday, 12 May 2015

One day at a time...

This is getting crazy. Where did that last month go?

My mission statement for tomorrow, is to schedule some blog posts to keep things ticking over, otherwise I am going to completely forget what I am doing. I have some chance of this happening as somehow I am on top of my work. I am a bit worried that I might have 3 commissions to do in the not too distant future and I have a heads up about a few more architectural projects coming up and I am learning to drive.

This is all too much.

One day at a time.....

*deep breath*

Monday, 13 April 2015

Let's see...

So let's pretend I didn't say I was going to catch up with some blog posts a couple of weekends ago.

I didn't manage to. (Didn't manage in fact, to write any at all).

Nil point.

On the plus side, last week I managed to do a painting and it felt gooooooooooooood, so good that my soul felt hugged afterwards. I have missed getting the acrylics out and expressing myself recently, but I do now slightly feel like I have turned a corner. My time is more my own and I am slowly getting through my backlog of work. It is beginning to feel like although I am not on top of everything yet, that I soon will be and for the first time in about two months I don't feel like I am stuck running up the down escalator.

I recently bought a book by Austin Kleon called Steal Like an Artist. It is about being creative and getting that to work for you. One of the tips to become a success is 'to be boring' I think that is partly where the problem lies at the moment as my social life is taking precedent over my work life. This makes such a monumental change that I think I will let myself off for a while. I am used to getting up late and working into the early hours which isn't quite happening with the distractions of nights out and trips to my exercise classes. Maybe it is about time, I got up with the early worm.

But then I won't really be me will I?

Let's see....

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Nuff said

Easter is here which means a four day weekend and theoretically no work to do. I am cat sitting, so what a perfect time to sit and catch up with some art admin. This mainly consists of a few updates I would like to do, replying to some messages on Deviant Art and pre planning some blog posts.

I thought I would write a list of the posts I needed to write that I have missed so far this year because of one thing or another.

There are 20.


Even I don't think I can catch up with all of them this weekend, especially considering Friday was taken out by an event, and Monday taken out by a long Easter walk. The cat is also rather cutely distracting.

Well this is getting annoying. I need a time machine, or to have 48 hour days for a week! I will somehow catch up with all of this though. I have to.

Nuff said.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Tick Tock Tick


I am not going to comment on whether this will be the returning of the blogging as every time I say that it doesn't quite seem to happen. Rest assured that lots of positive art things are happening though and my blog to do list is getting loooooonger with every passing second. Unfortunately (or fortunately as it pays the bills) my architectural work to do list is also getting looooooonger with every passing second.

Time is still looking precious, but I have high hopes for some catching up time over Easter.


Fingers crossed.

Sunday, 8 March 2015


So it seems like I am still a little way of posting 'normally.' Art? What is that? Painting? That is....?


I don't know. I can't remember, I have forgotten what I am doing, or where I am going with all of this. My purpose is off, my focus is wobbly, my paintbrushes bone dry. I am hoping that ends today. I am writing this blog post. I have posted on facebook, I have found my next picture to paint and I am doing it tonight.

Yes, I have work I need to do. Files I need to sort. Sleep I need to have. But no. No. NO.


This afternoon I am painting. My mobile is on silent, my computer will be off, I really have unplugged the landline, so if you want me, you had better try hard. For this evening., I am the disappeared. 

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.