Wednesday, 13 July 2016

*and wake up*

Blogging and updating my website in the day! How unnatural.

I am feeling excited for getting on top of some art things in the not to distant future. For once in my life, I am kind of on top of my architecture work so I am anticipating having a bit more art time. This will initially probably all be admin related but it still needs to be done. I have almost finished my new photography website so I have high hopes for sorting that out soon, and then beginning to work on my art one. Theoretically, I will be coming to an Apple device near you. Possibly also coming to you on Instagram as well if I can get my head around that.

Either way, I think it is time to knuckle down!!

Let's do this.

I sold a painting last week as well, so that seems very much like an invigorating way to make a new start.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

H-H-H-holiday! C-C-C-Celebrate!

So I think it has been decided. If I want some art time, then I am going to have to take a couple of weeks off. Well, that is fine. Let's do it! I hope that when it happens I don't end up being so tired that I am really unmotivated. But I am tired now, and staying up late to put a new painting online and write this blog so I think I should be ok. Doing something you want to do can wipe tiredness away.

Being up late also means you have a chance to check your emails and notice a massive canvas sale with your usual provider. So yes, I have just bought 18 canvasses even though I have a cupboard full of blank ones and no space I can even vaguely think of to put 18 more.

At least doing art related shopping therapy makes me feel like I am still doing something towards art. I could cry at the moment with how little time I have been able to devote to marketing myself and painting. It is the downside of going through a patch when I had no money. There is a lot of work around at the moment, so it seems foolish not to bust a gut and work as hard as possible to get a bit of a kitty together.

It does make sense, a lot of sense. I wouldn't have such a good stockpile of canvasses if I wasn't doing this, or have managed to buy some new clothes, but still. Sometimes money isn't everything.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Are the tables turning?

I am glad I checked into my blog today and not yesterday. 112 hits today, in comparison to 2 hits yesterday sounds much better.

I am irritable today mostly because I am frustrated and over tired. I want to paint, but I need some space and an idea and I don't have the energy for either at the moment. I am sure I will be cured after a good nights sleep, but that doesn't really help my mood this instant.

But never mind. I have had some art excitement....

I applied to a TV Show run by the BBC a week or so ago. They are looking for 10 amateur artists to 'star' in a new talent competition they are doing. For once, I didn't pay that much attention to my application form. I just wrote down exactly what I thought in whichever way I would normally say it, chose my two current favourite paintings to send and a photo of myself that I thought was acceptable. It seems to have done the job as I have got through the first stage and received a mini telelphone interview!! I am just waiting now to see if I get called for an audition.

I am totally surprised that I caught their eye but immensely pleased.

It is interesting, after entering lots of things for ages and getting no feedback, I have done quite well on the last two things I have entered; Shortlisted for a cover competition and rung back for an art interview.

I hope this means something.....

Friday, 27 May 2016

In a Flash

I seem to be popular in Germany today, with 100 page views. I wonder why!?

I also thought I only posted a couple of days ago. Seriously, time is absolutely flying. I am sure it should only be January, maybe early February, but definitely not almost June!! I also made the mistake of consolidating my blog 'to-do' list a minute ago. If I have done something I think will make a good blog post I tend to write it down in case I get a writers block. Instead of having a mental block I have had more of a time block recently and accumulated a list of 71 posts I meant to write.




How on Earth am I meant to catch up with that? Especially as new things keep happening that I could talk about and months are going by in a flash. This is crazy.

I am slowly getting a bit more time though and even more slowly getting my art brain back in gear. I have sorted through some photos that are now ready to upload. Thought about how I am going to redo my website. Replied to some out of date emails and got the ball rolling with a few more things. I have been noticed by an Art Gallery in London, contacted by a printing firm in Singapore and picked up a few more followers. I have also improved my tally of paintings for the year although it really does feel like I haven't done many in 2016 so far.

So I am feeling pretty positive. I have started juggling the art balls again and things are already starting to happen. If I can just keep it going in between working and living, then I think we are good to go.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Bluetooth Pairing.......

This is interesting. I asked for a Bluetooth keyboard for my birthday but then failed the test at managing to link it to my iPad. That is until today when I seem to be able to fix things. I have no idea what I have done differently but it works, so that is all that matters!

The idea was that I would use the keyboard to blog whilst I was away, whilst I was having a coffee, whilst I was on the train. I know you can type on the iPad anyway, but the screen is bigger this way and typing much quicker. Could this mean a dramatic increase to my productivity? I hope so. The novelty will work for it at the moment. My lounge is a much nicer place to write than the study. It feels more like I am writing in a studio rather than in my office, more like I am relaxing, and less stuck at the computer. These are all good things!

Fingers crossed.

In the meantime I am hoping the ideas angels are going to quickly come and visit me. I have some time to paint this afternoon, and I really want to. I am stumped if I can think of what to do though. I have Scotland to do, the Lake District and Riga, and I promised someone a Peacock but I am not sure I am in the mood for any of these. 

I need a spark. A lightbulb. A flash.

Or maybe I just need to turn my own Bluetooth on......

Thursday, 12 May 2016


What's this? Another blog post? Before a month has passed since the last one? Well I never!

I probably should have actually planned what I was going to write for this post, but I was so overwhelmed at the prospect of being able to write another one so soon after the previous that I decided just going


would be more than acceptable.

I have also just put a new painting online that I did on Tuesday of this week.



A blog post, a new painting, and an updated website? Let me just pass out......

Monday, 9 May 2016

My Young Years

I can't believe my last post was on the 17th of April. That means I haven't painted for 3 weeks!! Strangely the last session must have been a good one as I haven't had the same frustrations that I normally have when I haven't painted for a while.

It helps that in the meantime I have taken some photos, so that must have partially exercised the art bit of my brain. I also haven't been on an art page for a while as too many other things have been getting in the way. I was meant to have an art bank holiday weekend, but spring took over and I decided to spread 24 hours worth of cleaning over the weekend instead. 2 bin bags, 2 charity shop bags and 3 trips to the recycling bin. and a bag dumped in the garage after and I do feel super organised, sorted, clean and tidy so it was worth the lack of art, especially at there is another bank holiday at the other end of the month.

Today has been partly productive though, I have renewed a website subscription, thought about how to layout a new website, paid to be a featured artist for 4 weeks on Artgallery to see if it makes a difference to my sales, and finally put my last 3 new paintings online for sale. And, AND written a blog post!!!!!!

I only have two days of work booked for the coming week, this very rarely stays this way but who knows, maybe I will get some art time this week. I have booked Tuesday evening in regardless for a new painting, so that should be fun.

Sometimes though, it really does feel as though I am wasting my young years!