Thursday, 10 November 2011

The Rush Season

Every November is a rush, suddenly I realise that winter show deadlines are looming and preparation for spring events should be well on their way ( and yes, I realise that I had said no more shows, however these were already in the diary).
I miss Slow, when I was little, November seemed the longest month, with preparation for carol services at school, paper chain making and secret gifts made from half dry papermache; it was all one huge, slow, build up to Christmas. November was easily 2 months long but now it is a high speed chase to December that I am destined never to win.
I must admit to being quite chirpy though, as my two boys are doing very well with their music both have secured live gigs before Christmas and both are in very high, animated spirits (see their site
I also, almost have a completed kitchen and with all of my career changing, momentous decisions, it all seems do-able.
I am looking forward to doing a trade show and gift show next year, even in a recession, so I must be giddy.
btw. I am very good at blind optimism, it is so much more unpredictable and foolish than planned forward thinking.
This has been a very busy week, completing card designs, starting the new book with Search, painting Christmas cards and an Amaryllis and this weekend I am off to teach in Birmingham. So alas, no time for slow.
I might just pack in a bit of daydreaming on the train.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

busy week

Here are some images from my busy week. I have taken shots fro 4 paintings, finished and nearly finished.
This week's theme for me was autumn flowers, images created from the last flowers of the season. Some were added to spring petal pages for variation of colour and shape.

Thursday, 6 October 2011


I seem to have got my Mojo back, over the past few months I have had oodles of ideas but no Mojo to do them. Well all that has changed, my time is split between working with Husband, teaching and painting; it has been hard to prioritise the painting as income must come first.
I gave myself a good talking to and have decided to deal with things head on, this means less exhibitions as they wear me out and more time spent on painting for me; this won't be easy with family and work but it will mean less deadlines and running around. Pheew. Now that that decision has been made I can enjoy painting again, so often as artists we feel obligated to exhibit work to sell, sometimes that dictates our whole waking hours, by deciding to do less, I will do more, income will come not from painting pictures but from what i do outside of that. My paintings will spring to life as I will not be thinking commercially but painting the things I love in the style I love. I have cleaned the kitchen and am off to paint.

Friday, 25 February 2011

first time

Well this is my first Blog. It is the last day of half term and i am still working on getting my website correctly working. It is so hard when my computer knowledge is so poor, however it will come good eventually. I took January off to re-evaluate life but have discovered that it takes longer than one month to really achieve a complete overhaul. So I have put certain aspects of my life into focus, firstly my fitness and secondly my direction in work. I have found it hard to prioritise but will start with these two things and see how it goes.
The biggest problem has been painting all day one is sitting down and then all the other jobs in the house and mum jobs are all done in a frenetic spasm at the end of the day leaving little time for keep fit. So i have been trying to organise my day to fit the 'fit' in, so far organising this is a bit unorganised but I think I have sorted out a rough routine. The thing for me to realise is that i will never be in a routine so now i know this I can have a hit list of things to do in a day and tick them off as they get done and they can be in any order at all. This seems to work. Work direction has been tricky, being a painter is not the most profitable business to be in so attending to this is my priority, also doing this without compromising the art. My plan is to concentrate on cards and see how this pans out. So today i have delivered paintings and prints to a friend to deliver to the Baron Art Gallery in Holt, I have been to the gym and am now going to take my son to a party and visit the printers with my cartoon card designs, it's a start.