Monday, 13 June 2016

Are the tables turning?

I am glad I checked into my blog today and not yesterday. 112 hits today, in comparison to 2 hits yesterday sounds much better.

I am irritable today mostly because I am frustrated and over tired. I want to paint, but I need some space and an idea and I don't have the energy for either at the moment. I am sure I will be cured after a good nights sleep, but that doesn't really help my mood this instant.

But never mind. I have had some art excitement....

I applied to a TV Show run by the BBC a week or so ago. They are looking for 10 amateur artists to 'star' in a new talent competition they are doing. For once, I didn't pay that much attention to my application form. I just wrote down exactly what I thought in whichever way I would normally say it, chose my two current favourite paintings to send and a photo of myself that I thought was acceptable. It seems to have done the job as I have got through the first stage and received a mini telelphone interview!! I am just waiting now to see if I get called for an audition.

I am totally surprised that I caught their eye but immensely pleased.

It is interesting, after entering lots of things for ages and getting no feedback, I have done quite well on the last two things I have entered; Shortlisted for a cover competition and rung back for an art interview.

I hope this means something.....

Friday, 27 May 2016

In a Flash

I seem to be popular in Germany today, with 100 page views. I wonder why!?

I also thought I only posted a couple of days ago. Seriously, time is absolutely flying. I am sure it should only be January, maybe early February, but definitely not almost June!! I also made the mistake of consolidating my blog 'to-do' list a minute ago. If I have done something I think will make a good blog post I tend to write it down in case I get a writers block. Instead of having a mental block I have had more of a time block recently and accumulated a list of 71 posts I meant to write.




How on Earth am I meant to catch up with that? Especially as new things keep happening that I could talk about and months are going by in a flash. This is crazy.

I am slowly getting a bit more time though and even more slowly getting my art brain back in gear. I have sorted through some photos that are now ready to upload. Thought about how I am going to redo my website. Replied to some out of date emails and got the ball rolling with a few more things. I have been noticed by an Art Gallery in London, contacted by a printing firm in Singapore and picked up a few more followers. I have also improved my tally of paintings for the year although it really does feel like I haven't done many in 2016 so far.

So I am feeling pretty positive. I have started juggling the art balls again and things are already starting to happen. If I can just keep it going in between working and living, then I think we are good to go.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Bluetooth Pairing.......

This is interesting. I asked for a Bluetooth keyboard for my birthday but then failed the test at managing to link it to my iPad. That is until today when I seem to be able to fix things. I have no idea what I have done differently but it works, so that is all that matters!

The idea was that I would use the keyboard to blog whilst I was away, whilst I was having a coffee, whilst I was on the train. I know you can type on the iPad anyway, but the screen is bigger this way and typing much quicker. Could this mean a dramatic increase to my productivity? I hope so. The novelty will work for it at the moment. My lounge is a much nicer place to write than the study. It feels more like I am writing in a studio rather than in my office, more like I am relaxing, and less stuck at the computer. These are all good things!

Fingers crossed.

In the meantime I am hoping the ideas angels are going to quickly come and visit me. I have some time to paint this afternoon, and I really want to. I am stumped if I can think of what to do though. I have Scotland to do, the Lake District and Riga, and I promised someone a Peacock but I am not sure I am in the mood for any of these. 

I need a spark. A lightbulb. A flash.

Or maybe I just need to turn my own Bluetooth on......

Thursday, 12 May 2016


What's this? Another blog post? Before a month has passed since the last one? Well I never!

I probably should have actually planned what I was going to write for this post, but I was so overwhelmed at the prospect of being able to write another one so soon after the previous that I decided just going


would be more than acceptable.

I have also just put a new painting online that I did on Tuesday of this week.



A blog post, a new painting, and an updated website? Let me just pass out......

Monday, 9 May 2016

My Young Years

I can't believe my last post was on the 17th of April. That means I haven't painted for 3 weeks!! Strangely the last session must have been a good one as I haven't had the same frustrations that I normally have when I haven't painted for a while.

It helps that in the meantime I have taken some photos, so that must have partially exercised the art bit of my brain. I also haven't been on an art page for a while as too many other things have been getting in the way. I was meant to have an art bank holiday weekend, but spring took over and I decided to spread 24 hours worth of cleaning over the weekend instead. 2 bin bags, 2 charity shop bags and 3 trips to the recycling bin. and a bag dumped in the garage after and I do feel super organised, sorted, clean and tidy so it was worth the lack of art, especially at there is another bank holiday at the other end of the month.

Today has been partly productive though, I have renewed a website subscription, thought about how to layout a new website, paid to be a featured artist for 4 weeks on Artgallery to see if it makes a difference to my sales, and finally put my last 3 new paintings online for sale. And, AND written a blog post!!!!!!

I only have two days of work booked for the coming week, this very rarely stays this way but who knows, maybe I will get some art time this week. I have booked Tuesday evening in regardless for a new painting, so that should be fun.

Sometimes though, it really does feel as though I am wasting my young years!

Sunday, 17 April 2016

I remember this!

It seems like it has been a proper weekend this weekend. Friday night I had an idea. I attempted to paint it. It came out even better than I envisaged. I went to bed and had another idea. Saturday morning -  I cleaned the house and did some sorting. Then I painted my second idea. It mostly came out as I intended if a little more quirky.

How satisfying! I remember this feeling!!

Today I went for a walk in the sun, had a proper lunch and I am treating myself to a couple of films for the rest of my Sunday.

Sounds productive! Sounds relaxing!

I remember why I decided this all had the potential to be a good idea.


(at last)

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Clearest Blue

Hmm, it seems a bit like another month has bitten the dust. Momentary enthusiasm descends into inescapable workload and an overdose of commitments. I need to stop giving 'art' the back seat, but I believe I have said this before, many times in fact. But never mind. Work has slowed down a little over the last two weeks, timed with holidays, a seasonal cold and slight burnout so as yet I haven't managed to make the most of the break and paint. I have good feelings for this weekend though and possibly tomorrow. Assuming that I can stay awake long enough in the evening to do something!

On the plus side I have collected some inspiration in Scotland over the Easter break and I am intending to collect even more inspiration from Latvia next week. If I can rediscover my 'get up and go' this should produce some interesting paintings, or at least fuel something. I am hoping to catch up on some blog posts too as I have been to a couple of exhibitions, found some new music and been to a gig. I have managed to sell 2 paintings over the last week or so too!

One day I will get this balance right. Art v Socialising v Work v Money v Exercise v Sleep. I have finally worked out all the correct ingredients, I just need my cake to stop slumping. I remember reading somewhere, that you could have your cake and eat it........