Sunday, 14 August 2016

No Doubt

So, having been very positive about all the art stuff I need to do, today I am less so. I carried on working up my photography website today which was a bit frustrating. I have over 200 photos to put online, and a slightly unresponsive template to work with. I can't quite get things how I would like, and having so many photos to upload is going to take forever. I managed 25 today which is about a ninth of the total. Normally I am very good at working through things and looking at the bigger picture. At the moment though, I really could do with an artistic pick me up; Either selling a painting, winning a competition, getting some compliments or something generically positive to happen.

Sometimes being self motivated and working on your own all the time is tough. More to the point it is tiring. I am my own worst enemy though and I am sure when I next look at my website I will be pleased with what I have achieved today. It doesn't mean that I don't sometimes need some help to battle through the doubt.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Not a Charity Case

It still looks as though I am not really doing any art. But, AHA! This is not true, I have managed to do a lot more than usual in the last week or so, but as yet, that hasn't involved focusing on my blog. I wrote a list of things I needed and wanted to get up to date and altered, a list that initially completely scared me as it was SO LONG. Scared me so much in fact, that I had to go to the gym and dance my worries away in Zumba and think about something else.

In order to tackle this list, that currently stretches to the moon and back, I have had to focus on each section of work that I need to do. i.e. make a photographic website, make some more calendars, take new high resolution photographs of my work, update all society 6 items etc, etc. Each section has a list associated with it, including one for this blog, but as yet it is not a priority. High resolution photographs are the first port of call, after updating my artwork tracker to work out what I need to photograph and update and re-upload. Next will be the photography website, or possibly Society 6. Then possibly redoing my art website. I am not sure, I will take the list as it comes depending on what I am in the mood to tackle.

I am excited to finally focus on getting my art life back on track though. I feel like my life is mine and heading in the right direction for the first time in about a hundred years.

In the meantime, I did support a local charity concert by placing an advert in their music programme. The concert was for the Thames Hospice and Nordoff Robbins. I was very happy to be asked to help, and the advert looked pretty good too!

Thanks Grimm Players, for sending me a copy of the programme (and for sending an extra one for my Mum!)

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......