I'm thrilled to announce that my work has been featured in the May 2018 edition of the prestigious World of Interiors magazine.
My painting 'Come Back Brighter' and accompanying text can be found in the 'Artistic Impressions' section on page 255.
It's a huge honour to have my work endorsed by one of the foremost design bibles of the interior design industry. I have my very own copy of the May edition at home and it makes me feel extremely proud and excited for the future!
Day 31 - Creative Friends
Last day of Joanne Hawker 's March Meet the Maker! Feel kinda sad it's over. Has been super and so inspiring to be part of it. So many shared experiences and so much amazing work out there! Thanks again Joanne for making it happen.
The last prompt is creative friends, and here I proudly present some of mine! What a gorgeous quirky and talented bunch they are!
I'm proud to exhibit my work with Jill Griffin and Theresa Shaw and others as part of Devon Art Pop. We`ve been collaborating with The National Trust and The Royal Horticultural Society to show our artwork in stunning locations in Devon. Next exhibition is at RHS Rosemoor from 4 - 7 May. Would be lovely to see you there!
I've also included Katherine Barber Jewellery who is just about to launch her first collection! I can't wait to get my hands on one of her gorgeous necklaces! I love talking shop with Katherine. We can easily talk about our business for 5 hours straight. Once I completely lost my voice after an evening with the Barber!
And the brilliant Zoe Curtis Crochet who organises a monthly makers meet up in Braunton. It's really lovely to have a regular meeting where like minded folks can work on their creative projects, talk and relax over a gin or three. I've not known Zoe for long but really appreciate how cool, inclusive and all-round lovely she is!
So that's all folks! Over and out from me. Thank you for reading and hope you've enjoyed my posts and gained a bit of insight into what goes on behind the scenes.
I'll be posting a lot of new artwork over the next few weeks so please follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram if you'd like to be one of the first to see my new pieces. Better still, sign up to my mailing list on my website. Link from the top of my homepage ⬆️
Big love beautiful people! 💕
Day 30 - top tip/advice
My top tip or advice to fellow makers is don't forget to take a break!
Being a maker, artist or creative, can often mean juggling lots of things. Whether it's another job or looking after a family, lots of people running cottage industries are pretty busy in their time off!
But you can't pour from an empty cup, so it's important to schedule in proper down time to rest and recuperate. It's also important to take time out for inspiration!
So hope you have some fun and relaxing plans for the Bank Holiday. We're off to Bristol to visit some lovely friends now.
Happy Easter everyone! 🌼🐣🌷🐤💐🐥🌻
Day 29 - Community
One of the things I love most about the creative community is their willingness to help each other out. There's not a hint of back stabbing to climb the ladder. Not that there would be any point, as people buy into the artist just as much as the art.
I'm eternally grateful for the support I've received from artists, crafters and galleries who have helped me along the journey. It was a massive learning curve when I first started my business and I found all the advice I received really helpful. It was also nice to feel like I wasn't going it alone.
One of the most powerful things about visual art is that it has no boundaries. It doesn't matter which country you're from, what language you speak or if you follow a religion or not, you can love a piece of art and it has the potential to move you, influence you and enhance your life. It also has the power to connect you to others!
Because the community of an artist has no bounds he or she has the potential to influence on an international level. With current worldwide issues such as climate change, ecological destruction, plastic pollution, inequality and terrorism, we need artists who can be part of the campaign to help raise awareness and inspire positive action.
I've really enjoyed reading through other makers posts today as there seems to be a running theme. Everyone has some kind of system or systems for keeping organised, but as soon as the creative process starts the mess is massive!
This is exactly how it is for me too. I like to think I'm a tidy person, but it only takes one painting session to prove that wrong. But making a mess and keeping in your flow is important for creativity, so I'm not planning on changing!
I do have a set of draws where I keep my paints - one for oils, one for acrylics and one for mark making tools. I also use a small wooden crate for my gloves, white spirit, brushes and palette knives, varnish, white spirit container, paper palette, and kitchen roll.
If I'm painting at a show, competition or plein air I can grab the oils draw, the crate and a canvas and I've got everything I need to create a painting.
I've also packed a small canvas bag with an A5 sketch book, three brushes, a box of half pan watercolours, some pencils, a drawing pen, an eraser and a pencil sharpener. This is what I take with me when I'm out sketching.
So I guess like other makers and artists I am fairly organised. And pretty messy as well 😋
Day 26 - Books, blogs and podcasts
Here's my arty book collection! The first one I bought was 'Creating a life worth living'. I was getting bogged down working in an office (although I still miss my brilliant colleagues!), and used this book to start devising my escape plan...
Other favourites are the Kurt Jackson and the oil paint book. I refer to these regularly for guidance and inspiration.
I receive daily emails from @martinstellar, a business coach for ambitious creators. I find his advice and wisdom invaluable and tell pretty much every creative entrepreneur I meet about him! Look him up you won't regret it!
And often while I paint I listen to YouTube tutorials about social media, marketing and such. I also absolutely love TedTalks - recommendations for good ones in the comments please!
Day 24 - Achievements
My greatest achievement has to be my lovely family 👨👩👧👦 Whilst I always wanted to be an artist, it is equally important to me to be around and available while my kids are little. Being self-employed gives me the flexibility to work around my children's needs. Like any working Mum, the juggle is sometimes exhausting and overwhelming, but at least I know I won't look back and feel like I missed out on their early years.
Setting up and building my business with very small children is also something to be acknowledged and I'm super proud of that!
My greatest professional achievements to date have been exhibiting in Mayfair, being profitable in every year trading (no starving artist here), trending on Twitter in fourth place back in 2014 and being featured in a recent eCatalogue by the Department for International Trade.
Day 23 - Hands at Work
I spent some time painting the edges of my new canvases yesterday. All the edges of my paintings are white and usually require at least 3 layers of paint to cover up all the drips from creating the actual painting.
Quite a lot of precision is needed with this work. I'm usually sticking out my tongue with concentration during this task. How else would I get such a straight line?!
Do you have a preference with unframed canvases? Plain edges or the painting carried around the corners?
Day 22 - Sketchbook and Lists
I must admit I'm not using my sketchbooks that much at the moment. I did really get into it when we just had one little one. Whenever we went out we'd take it in turns to play with him. While I had my time off I'd do lots of plein air sketching. Now we have two little ones we're nearly always both on duty when we're out and about.
However now the evenings are getting longer I will be able to do more sketching and colour studies after the little ones are in bed. It's also a habit thing. Whilst I'm comfortable launching straight into a painting, I'd like to get back to the point where drawing and sketching is a daily practice. It's the best way to improve my techniques so it's good to have the intention!
Any other artists out there who sketch everyday? Do you give yourself a time slot or a cue? How do you make it work for you?
Day 20 - Tools and materials
No time for a staged photo this time as I've been painting while the littlest one naps. So here are all my tools and materials in action in real time. #keepingitreal today!
I probably should have planned my posts a bit as I feel like I've already covered the tools and materials I use. But this photo is pretty comprehensive as it includes my laptop and Nikon camera as well. Can you see them right at the edge?
I've photographed three new paintings today as it's lovely and bright hooray! 🌞
My laptop is used to manage my emails, stock, photos and accounts, publish to my website and fulfill orders. As well as a thousand other tasks!
How many other things can you spot?