Sunday, 16 February 2020


So being insanely busy seems to be continuing. I currently have artwork and architecture work coming out of my ears!

I did manage to make a start on the first painting of the year last weekend, but then it went a bit pear-shaped, or I at least had an artistic tantrum and then painted over a big section of it. It is currently sat in my living room awaiting another attempt at sorting it out, which will hopefully be a bit later on today.

I also sorted out the sketch designs for another commission that is ongoing at the moment, and one of those designs has now been chosen so that is good. That will be the next painting if and when I manage to finish the one on the go at the moment.

Etsy seems to be coming into fruition already as well, as within a week of putting all my mugs online I have managed to sell one. Whether this was a fluke or a sign remains to be seen but either way it is a good start. I am hoping to put my limited editions up on the site for sale next if I ever get some time to sit down and work through it.

Speaking of sales, Amorphous has left the building this week and been re-homed just up the road from me. I am very happy this painting has now found a new home as it has always been a firm favourite of mine, and brings back fond memories of Big Sur, where the rock is. It is also the first painting I ever entered into the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. I wasn't going to enter this year, but selling this, made me change my mind and keep trying to get in, maybe selling it is a sign? You never know when your time will come....

Wish me luck!

Friday, 24 January 2020

Be good 2020...

You know when you have a niggle in the back of your mind? One along the lines of 'I must do a New Years blog post' well yes, I may have had that niggle in the back of my mind for 24 days. Where on earth has January gone?

So the end of last year was a bit of a mess. Not much artwork going on, not much architecture work going on either. January seems to be the opposite so far, a fair amount of architecture work coming in and on the way and three commission requests lined up already! Bizarrely I am quite often more busy with art in January than I am in December which never really makes sense to me but I'll still take it.

The commissions are all gifts at the moment so I will have to reveal them later. In the meantime, I still haven't managed to do my first painting of the year yet which feels a bit wrong. I knew January was going to be busy so I am not overly surprised but I do need to paint soon. I can feel a painting bubbling around inside me and it is good not to leave it too long when I get that feeling otherwise I can get quite irritable.  Artistic temperament and all that.

I have still kept art things ticking over - I am on a tweet and Instagram post a day this month as I have 30% off all my originals for January. This doesn't seem to have drummed up much interest as of yet but at least I am trying and you never know who might one day see a post. I am also quoting for a couple of bespoke prints and I am about to upload some items for sale on Etsy. I have lots of plans this year to be a bit more proactive and get everything working a bit more efficiently. So, massively belatedly, HAPPY NEW YEAR all! Here is to hoping 2020 carries on like this with art and architecture and money pouring in.

And fingers crossed my new boiler, which is currently being fitted will go in with no problems and my house will behave itself for the rest of the year!

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Standard December

So, I have some time to post and nothing in my brain. Standard December. My calendar competition went off without a hitch and seemed to be well received so that was good! I have also donated a Limited Edition print for a charity auction up in Lincoln for the local hospital, so hopefully that will go without a hitch as well.

I can't remember if anything else has happened. I think it might be time to hibernate for the rest of the year. If anyone would like to buy me a book about curing burn out that would be greatly appreciated!

Ironically, I have managed to paint a few things recently so I can't be completely beyond it just yet. The first one I am going to share is a painting that is unintentionally in existence. It was meant to be a background for a painting of Lisbon, but once I had finished it I couldn't bring myself to paint Lisbon over the top of it. I couldn't in fact, bring myself to touch it at all so it stayed as it is.

There is something about this painting that is both interesting and soothing. I could look at it all day. I have no idea where it came from as it doesn't even match the background I was meant to be painting so I guess, for whatever reason, this one just needed to come out. I hope it calms your mind as much as it calms mine.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Come on 2020!

Painting and art time seems to be a bit thin on the ground at the moment, partly because I can't seem to get my energy up to painting levels and partly because of life. Life in the form of holidays, broken boilers, health problems, tiredness, winter and everything else in between.

These last few months have been tough. I am more than ready to see 2019 out and start again afresh with 2020.

Speaking of 2020, one of the things I have managed to do is sort out my calendars! There is in fact a competition running on Facebook, to win one as we speak. Head over to this link to enter, or if you would rather, head over to my website to just buy one!

I don't know about you, but I am ready to fast forward through the next 41 days!

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Richard Parker

I just checked my blog stats for the first time in ages which may not have been the best idea. My blog isn't really surviving with me only posting once a month if I am lucky. I wish I was one of those heavily routine driven people sometimes. Up at 6.30am, a run round the block, breakfast, emails checked, social media posted, previous days blog post written, paints out, admin completed. Oh look it is only 10am.

I am not one of these people.

I am more of a 'Oh, I've just woken up, what shall I do today?' This is good for my creativity; I function better with more spontaneity in my life, but it is not necessarily good for my productivity. Strange as I am not an idle person, I like to be busy and find sitting still quite difficult unless I am shattered, so you would have thought I would be an 'up and at'em' person but sadly not. Never mind, sometimes you just have to accept that you have to make life work how you work.

This is all pre-tiger procrastination though as I still haven't shared how painting that commission went. It went better than expected, and bizarrely painting a tiger seems to be easier than painting a dog. I have no idea why, or maybe the practice that I have had with my dog commissions has just generally made painting animals easier. So something that I was slightly worried about actually turned out to be quite a pleasurable job. The tiger (named Richard Parker after the Life of Pi) has been sat in my lounge for the last month, but he is leaving for his new home tomorrow. I am going to be sad to see him go. He has been a friendly face for me to look at for long enough for me to become attached.

So here he is, say hello to Richard Parker, or rather goodbye! :-(


Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Eye of the Tiger

So, three weeks have almost passed by and what have I done? I have....

  • Sold my first official Laura Hol Art voucher
  • Painted commission 1 of 2, the second is happening today.
  • Started painting a star filled sky on my bathroom ceiling which may take me forever to finish.
  • Run a voucher competition on Facebook and nabbed 50 more followers. 
  • Updated my artwork tracker to better record Limited Edition sales and numbers.
  • Bought some more mount supplies to make the Limited Edition prints I have outstanding.
  • Fixed my website shopping cart.
  • Booked a holiday to Lisbon.
  • Bought a suitcase.
  • Danced a Zumba class for 9 hours.
  • And.....then got a chest infection.

That seems like more than enough for the moment. 

Today's commission is going to be interesting as it is of a tiger. In my life so far I have currently painted this many tigers:


So yes, there is going to be a big learning curve to this one, not least in the fact that the painting required is a metre wide so it is pretty big as well. Definitely a watch this space moment!  

Wish me luck! 

Thursday, 5 September 2019

You've been Tango'd

So I went with the orange, and tied it together with another, nice, adjacent magenta wall. Because why have one bright colour when you can have two!? I think it will be a good asset as it shows my paintings off quite well. I showed a friend around the other day and she ended up buying two cushions so that seems like success already.

I am also really pleased with how it has turned out. It is probably not to everyone's taste (more than probably) but it is perfect for me. I find the room bizarrely peaceful and relaxing. Whether this is due to the colour or the fact that I have sorted out all the things I have been meaning to do in there for ages I wouldn't like to say. Either way, as this is the room that I paint in, I think it is important for me to feel focused and zen in there. The more peaceful my mind is, the more peaceful the painting process is, and the more concentrated I am. I have been finding my ability to paint rather preoccupied at the moment, I think because I have had too many house things to sort out and too much on my mind. I have done a lot of sorting out recently though, and finished off a lot of half done things. All that remains are the blinds to be fitted on Wednesday and the bathroom, to be given a good scrub and repaint.

And then I am done.

Except for finding some more architectural work to do and now I have two commissions to complete before the end of the month. But work related things seem to take up less of my art brain as they are not creative. Interior decorating is, and that respect it clashes a bit or niggles for attention. So hopefully, once these last elements are completed, I can concentrate on the other bit of my life that needs attention:

Earning some money.....!