Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Laura Hologram

Look at me! I have just spent the last couple of hours making a few changes to my photography website. The website has been up and running for quite a while but I haven't been entirely satisfied with a couple of pages and so, have consequently kept its creation a bit of a secret. However, at some point over the last couple of months I figured out what I needed to change and half an hour ago I completed the changes.

BOOM!

I feel quite pleased with myself now. I can't keep making excuses that I am not getting art time, if, when I have art time I don't do anything. There are still a million things to do but it is a start. I sorted through my backlog of photos the other day and I have some pretty good ones lined up from Singapore and a few from Thailand all ready to go, and impatiently waiting to be shared across various platforms. I have also just returned from a road-trip across California, so there will be new photos to add from there as well as from Slovenia, as I still haven't managed to sift through that pile for gems yet.

All sounding good!

Hopefully soon I will also get onto Hootsuite and start posting more regularly on Twitter and Instagram, and then I can tackle the rest of my to-do list.

We can do this!

In the meantime please feel free to have a browse of my photography site, you can find it here or by searching for Laura Hologram!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Las Fran Paris Beach....

I have recently returned from inspiration collecting after road tripping across some of the national parks in California. It is safe to say I have seen some spectacular scenery, and hopefully have some photos to prove it. I have just managed to clear the painting decks after painting a commission this weekend that has been in the pipeline for a while, so this should mean good things for painting time to come, at least I hope so. I am feeling a bit burnt out still. Feeling burnt out is strange, I feel like nothing would help more than sitting down and doing a painting, but I need to be in the right frame of mind, and it is always surprising how much painting takes out of me, so I need to have some mental energy too. I think I need to give my brain some time to file first, but I definitely have some good paintings to come, that is assuming I can choose between my inspiration photos. That is one problem about seeing too much, I hope I am not going to have a Grand Canyon explosion again!

In the meantime my recently completed commission was certainly a challenge. I was requested to put The Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur, Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, Lombard Street, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach all in one picture. A bit of a tall order but somehow I managed!

Behold: Las Fran Paris Beach....

 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Prince of Prints

Having said, I seem to be able to manage one post a month, I have completely failed even that in August. This is becoming slightly disgraceful. I am failing the test of art v work v exercise v socialising all the time! Art, unfortunately, always seems to come out last.

That said, I have still been busy, with one commission recently completed, one in design phase and an order for an absolutely massive print.

And when I say massive...

I mean massive!!! It was a huge 2 metres x 1 metre, and as this photo shows looked rather surreal!


It is also on its way to Hungary and will become my first piece of artwork to grace that country. I am enjoying the range of countries my work has made it to so far. I think it is my 11th country I have shipped work to as yet, assuming my memory is behaving itself (which is always debatable!).




Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Popped up, popped in and popped out.

So it seems like I can only manage to blog once a month currently. I was, very briefly on top of everything - for a day, and by on top of everything, I just mean that I knew what was going on. But somehow now, I have two commissions in discussion, 4 print orders, and messages coming in as I have put my left over pop up shop items up for sale on facebook. I am on top of my architecture work though, just, and on top of my admin, kind of, and I think 'real life' is in check at the moment. So I think that means I am vaguely organised.

Busy, busy! It all makes rather a contrast with when I first started out.

Incidentally, I meant to share on here more information about my London pop up shop. Unfortunately it was only up for a week and has already been and gone. In between working, manning the shop and getting my stock ready I seemed to have slightly failed the marketing test! Nonetheless it wasn't a complete flop, but nor was it a soaring success. I shared the shop with 3 other friends - a photographer and two jewellers, so we had a pretty good variety of stock, the shop, in fact, looked pretty good. the downside was the lack of footfall, although what footfall we had had a good rate of purchase.


I think I learnt some valuable lessons though:

  1. Choose where you locate carefully, I don't think the area we were in was particularly suited to my style of work.
  2. Price is important. I was told too many times that I was selling everything too cheaply. 
  3. Marketing is everything.
  4. Be gregarious - I need to be more willing to talk about my work and sell my ideas. 
  5. Local is better. It would have been much easier for me to get people in my local area to visit my shop and it would also have been considerably easier not to have taken my stock (by foot!) into London.
  6. Music! Have music on in the background to avoid 'rushing in and rushing out shop syndrome'! 
  7. Do some fake browsing. People are always more likely to come in if it looks like there are already people in the shop. 

So the jury is out currently on whether I will do another one of these or not. There is a shop in Maidenhead that might sell some of my stock so that seems like a good avenue to explore to start with. It also seems, art wise, that a personal exhibition may be more successful than a shop, at least whilst I am trying to become a 'known' entity.

Marketing is tough.


Friday, 23 June 2017

Exhibition Review.

It has been one month since I last blogged, and so much has happened within that month that I literally don't know where to start. I seem to have been busy on all fronts and have work, and art and commitments coming in from all sides. I am at that point where I am juggling 20 balls and I have thrown them all up too high. I am currently looking up at the sky wondering a) where all the balls have gone and b) where and when they will fall and if I will have enough time to catch them.

All answers are currently debatable.

But lets start with a review of my exhibition on the Isle of Wight. Take down day was on Tuesday the 5th of June. The results are as follows. 1 painting sold before the exhibition opens. 2 sold, including my largest sale to date, during the exhibition, various business cards taken, 1 commission enquiry in progress. Then somewhat impressively, 8 paintings sold after take down. 20 paintings went to the Island and only 9 returned. That seems pretty good and has afforded me some extra room in my house, which is just as well as I have been ordering lots of stock in for my London pop up shop, but more about that later.

So all in all, as well as the comments and the interest generated by my work whilst it was up, things seem pretty positive and successful. I was, in fact, far more successful than I would either have imagined or dreamed. I am hoping for a similar response to my pop up shop, but this is a different entity and only up for one week, so it will be difficult to generate as much interest or sales I would presume. I have a much greater variety of items on show though - cups, cards, cushions, prints, paintings, bags.....

That is another good thing that has happened over the last month - I have found a good place to source my mounted prints. It requires some assembly on my part but not to any great degree. It seems like everything is coming together. I just need to find some more places to exhibit and/or sell my art.

I guess I had better put that on my to do list.

Watch this space.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Manchester

I am not sure where the last few weeks have gone. Time flies far too fast sometimes.

I was going to do an art post of some description today but I am distracted. Distracted by Manchester and the atrocities that happened last night. The world descends into madness when it becomes acceptable to target children. Destabilising society by attacking the vulnerable, on what must have been, for many of them, the highlight of the year, if not their young lives, to be so close to Ariana Grande and experience big music in a big arena for the first time, second time, whatever time.

Humanity is a strange thing, one where some people think cows are sacred, where some people hunt, some people are vegetarians, some people prefer animals over humans, some prefer ideals over life, some think they are better than others, some murder for martyrdom. Footballers are paid millions, nurses paid very little, cuts here, cuts there, greed, greed, greed.

Everything is all wrong, and everything is all right. People being heroes in catastrophes, doing good, remembering where their hearts are and letting them shout. Shout louder than the people with skewed perspectives and strange, painful and destructive ideas. And that is more important to remember than the people that are ticking, or driving, or killing, or hating.



  

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Salt & Pepper Pot

It seems like I may have another painting that I won't be able to say goodbye to, as according to my Dad, "Salt and Pepper Pot" now has a red dot on it, which means it has been sold. I hope so!


I have had a love hate relationship with this painting as I was really disappointed with it when I first painted it. I have subsequently come to like it quite a lot though. Normally, if I initially don't like something it is only because it is unexpected. I will  have had a vision in my head of the final painting, and the actual painting will have turned out differently which I will  have found frustrating. Quite often these paintings then turn out to be my favourites as they have something different about them, went where they needed to go, regardless of my brain or hand. So I am happy with "Salt and Pepper Pot" in the end, and happy someone else loves it enough to buy it. Thank you!