Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Prince of Prints

I feel a bit like I have wasted my life this afternoon. I have been doing some research into prints that I can sell at my upcoming exhibition. The trouble is I don't really know what I am doing. After a lot of searching, I found various companies that will print and mount your work, and deliver the product in a cellophane bag which is exactly what I need. They all seem to be exorbitantly expensive though. Ok, not that expensive, but once I add on a cut for me, it seems like they would be rather expensive for my potential customers. So I need to rethink.


I have possibly come up with a much more affordable solution - I have in fact, just ordered a sample to see if it will be suitable. The more suitable version comes via toadprint which offers you the opportunity to not only print your work but to custom make a mount too, whilst buying a sized backing board and a cellophane bag at the same time. There are also quite respectable discounts if you bulk buy. I have high hopes that this will solve my dilemma and prove to be a place for me to order all my mounted art prints in the future. Let's hope so.

So  it sounds like I have been very productive!? Kind of, but it took me hours to work out the sized prints and mounts I needed to fit UK available standard frames, and I have nothing to show for it. I am also impatient, so I want to have already ordered everything, chosen the paintings for display, put it all together and sat back and admired my work. As I still need to paint a couple of pieces to show, this is most definitely an unrealistic expectation for my afternoon. I should just be pleased with the amount of decisions I have just made instead.  Unfortunately I feel more like I have just filled my head with lots of 'to do' and 'to order' things instead.

Let's hope zumba clears my head.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

I need some cake.

I need to do a blog post about Paul Nash as I went to see his exhibition at Tate Britain a week or so ago. I did think I could do it now, but I literally just felt my brain leave the building and now I am good for nothing except getting easily distracted.

OooooOooooh butterfly......!

On the plus side, this evening I am going to do a bit more work to my photography website. I have somehow managed to get myself roped into having an exhibition on the Isle of Wight at the beginning of April (!!) so it seems like it would be sensible to get everything up together for then. I am not sure whether this is actually possible but I will try!

Whilst I was being distracted I also looked at the stats for this blog. Apparently I have had 23,947 page views. That seems like rather a lot!


So before April the 8th I would like to have my photography website complete, my art website update complete and Twitter and Instagram up and running. I basically have 50 days in which to do that. That doesn't sound like very many!

But it might be enough.

I need to get some milk.

My foot is also swollen as I zumba'd too hard yesterday.

What am I meant to be doing?

Oh yes, 50 days. Hmmm

I need some cake.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017


I am having a sense of humour failure today. Maybe I need some more cocktails? I am sure that would cure/create/do something......

On the plus side, I have answered all my dA correspondence, for boosting purposes, let's call it fan mail and I have entered the RA's Summer Exhibition. I have gone for a different tactic this time, entering something less literal, older and not for sale. I wanted to offer prints, but I couldn't seem to fathom how they worked that out on the entry form. Possibly an epic fail, but then entering competitions is usually a bit like that anyway, so no loss really.

The 'lucky' painting trying it's best for me this time is 'Tree' - a weeny picture by my standards and painted one tormented afternoon in 2011.

If they are looking for something a bit different, it might do the trick? Who knows....

It started life as a painting of something else, got painted over a few thousand times, smudged, rubbed out, covered up, scratched and then ended up like this. I am sure all of that should mean something....

Monday, 6 February 2017

Cocktail o'clock

Apparently, for today at least, all my deadlines have been met, and although I have a little bit of work outstanding, it isn't urgent so it will keep until tomorrow. That means, today, I have had an art day! A what I hear you say?


My treat for meeting my final 'January' deadline on Friday (yes, I know it was the 3rd of February) was to go to see an art exhibition and a play in London at the weekend, followed by a painting, and then an art catch up day today. This all seems like a pretty good way to celebrate, that and I may also have had 5 cocktails on Saturday night. (Sorry Mum, I meant 2 cocktails).

It seems like normality has been restored. Well, almost, I did have slight trouble remembering how to paint yesterday and then trouble today remembering how to put everything online but never mind. The rust will wear off.

I am excited to get back on the horse - I still have my photography website to finish and my art one to update which are the two big things, and then I can get started with Instagram. Oh, and work on that big long list of things to do....

First things first though, I need to enter the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition for my annual dose of rejection......

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Ice Tracks.

I have art on the brain today and ice in my mind. It was a beautiful start this morning, cold and frosty, sunny and clear. The ideal day for a walk with camera in hand. Unfortunately too many deadlines meant this couldn't happen, and I had to console myself with taking a picture of the frost that had formed on my bedroom window overnight.

Still, it was a good photo and has got my art cogs whirring in the back of my head with an idea for a painting. This is a good sign as I have been a bit overloaded recently with time pressures from all angles. There is always a slight worry that my art brain will turn itself off one day if I don't use it often enough. I am not intentionally ignoring it, but January really is a write off in terms of anything other than 'real' work. In order to save myself the frustration, it is safer to switch off for a month and focus on an art filled February.

There will be an art filled February. But in the meantime, this photograph will have to be satisfying enough.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

On your marks, get set..... GO!

So, 2017 week one complete! I don't really have any art news to impart as yet, but I felt I should still blog about something to keep everything alive.

So far, I have sold a print of Big Sur, received a painting enquiry to create a mural in a newly opening, local Indian Restaurant, and entered a competition to get a painting displayed in a high profile shop for a month. I am pretty sure nothing is going to come of the commission request, but it was nice to be asked. I also managed to complete my annual Limited Edition calendar give away which is being posted to the winner tomorrow. Other than that my art list is as follows:

Completed my website updates - No
Started Instagramming - No
Booked a Summer Exhibtion slot - No
Painted - No
Thought about art at all? - No

Oh dear. I did know January was going to be a crazy start to the year though - I am so busy and I already have computer eye. (Where you have stared at a computer for so long that your eyes keep twitching and you are permanently tired). But it is OK. This is till going to be a good year, and hopefully I can earn enough money this month that I can relax and catch up with some art stuff later. There is no rush after all. Art is here to stay :-)  

Friday, 30 December 2016

Happy 2017!

I feel like I should have written a Merry Christmas post but I have been a bit slow. So maybe I will just go with the fact that I hope you had a Merry Christmas and wish you a Happy New Year instead. I am anticipating a disturbingly busy January start to 2017 so I am currently enjoying keeping my head down, going for scenic walks, catching up with old friends and being fed. I feel like I mentally need to unwind and relax in order to be able to work all 31 days of January to meet a couple of big deadlines I have. I am hoping I won't need to work this hard but just in case.....!

I went for rather a spectacular sun setting walk yesterday in Yarmouth, so I think this is going to be my therapy shot for a while, as just looking at it makes me feel better. It also has 'painting' written all over it.

I fear painting is going to take a back seat for a while unfortunately, although I think I shall need to do something at some point to give my architecture brain and computer eyes a rest. January is often bizarrely a good sales month for me as well - often better than December which doesn't really make sense to me, but I'll take it! Maybe I will do more than I think. Either way, I am feeling pretty optimistic for 2017 at the moment, which is unusual for me. So bring it on! And all of you, have a perfect start to the New Year, we should all raise a glass to that!