Friday, 16 March 2018

Yosemite Falls

I seem to have spent the last couple of days doing lots of art admin but I am not entirely sure I have anything to show for it. That said, I have put my new painting online, offered Carisbrooke Castle up for sale as surprise, surprise, I didn't make it into the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. I have also corrected my prices on Fine Art America and broken my blog and fixed it. You will notice the 'Paintings For Sale' page on here has been revamped so that a) the information and titles actually match up with the paintings, and so that b) there are links through from each painting to its relevant page on my website. I have also updated my tax return and my diary, and my artwork tracker. I like days like this, when I feel like I have tidied and filed my life into a much better state. The next stage is to keep an eye on my scheduled posts and to add some purchase options to my Facebook 'Shop' which I accidentally set up the other day.

After saying I haven't anything to show for the last couple of days, maybe I have - as that sounds like some super organising. Time to relax into Friday evening and the weekend I think, but not before I share one of my latest paintings and my current new favourite. It is of Yosemite Falls which I visited on my last trip to California. It was a good painting to do, as, as soon I started it took over from me and painted itself. I like it when this happens as it is usually a much more therapeutic process for me, and presumably why it is still my favourite after two new paintings (normally I like the last thing I painted best).

So look at this! A blog post, tweets and instagram posts scheduled, new paintings online, schedules updated and other things fixed.

I think that means I have earned a glass of Friday night wine. Cheers to the weekend everybody!

Saturday, 10 March 2018

And it's up!

So, two weeks later and the new website is up and running! It is still minus the shop at the moment as that will still take some time for me to sort out, but everything else is working and view-able across all platforms! This also means that I have finally start to tweet and post on Instagram. It all seems rather confusing at the moment, whilst I am trying to get used to everything. I have, however downloaded Hootsuite which is a magical program that lets you schedule posts and post on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook all at the same time. I haven't linked my Facebook account up to it at the moment as I wanted to get to grips with Instagram and Twitter first, but I may do it later.

So far, I seem to be getting a small reaction on Instagram and not much on Twitter, but as I have only posted 3 things so far, it is still early days. I will be interested to see how they get going!

In the meantime - find me on Twitter @Lauraholart and on Instagram @laurahollogram. Thank you in advance for the follow!

Monday, 26 February 2018

Works in theory....

Today seems to be one of those strange days where everything happens at once. Actually the last couple of days have been like that. After giving everyone a months heads up for possible price increase, I managed to sell 3 paintings, have 1 on hold and a request for a viewing.

I have put the 'Pepper' the dog commission up on Facebook today and now may possibly have an enquiry about whether I paint cats. Do I? I guess I haven't tried. I have also been contacted earlier on today, to feature in a 'Bath Life' 'arts special' magazine (a magazine about Bath the place I hasten to add, although I did have an amazing bath yesterday...). So, all-in-all, it seems like a good few days, or at least a bizarre day today. One of my friends also put me forward to a journalist who is looking to speak to artists who sell their work online, so it will be interesting to see if anything comes of that. At least all these things will help when I fill in my publications/exhibitions section on my website. The only problem at the moment is that the questions for the Bath magazine are actually quite tough. Well, not tough per se, but will require some actual thought about what I do.

Answers on a postcard...

All of these things happening, really does press on the urgency for me to hurry up and get my website up together in a more view-able place, across all platforms. I think it might be time to get all of it serviceable except for the 'print shop' as this is what will take the time, that way I can get it up and running and add the print shop on at a later date....

Works in theory....


Thursday, 22 February 2018

5 minute warning.

I finally managed to work out what to charge for my paintings. I say worked out, probably made up is a better choice of words, but I am pleased with what I have come up with so far. I gave Facebook a heads up about my impending price change and then managed to sell 3 paintings almost instantly which seems pretty impressive!

So if you are even vaguely thinking of buying a painting from me, I advise you to get purchasing within the next month, things, or at least prices, are only going to get more expensive from here! You have been warned.....

Monday, 19 February 2018


I am trying to tidy up some art odds and ends today and do some general sorting. Unfortunately I keep doing too many things at once which is getting slightly confusing. I think I am vaguely in order though, kind of, maybe, is that true!?


The next step is to check my stock levels for canvasses, paint and mount boards as I think I am missing a few bits, and I want to order a few trial pieces from Fine Art America, and then that will be a few more bits off the to-do list that I keep threatening to burn because it is too long.

In other news, I have completed my first commission of the year, which will soon be on its way to its new home, just up the road from me. It seems ironic to have been asked to do another portrait of a dog - maybe this will end up being one of my specialities after all, no matter what I say. So without further ado, meet Pepper the dog.

She came out much better than I was expecting, and in a shocking turn of events, I wouldn't say no to keeping this one on my wall...

Wednesday, 14 February 2018


Just in case no one has said it to you yet, I just wanted to say HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! And use today as an excuse to share this photo with you that I took a few years ago in Laguna Beach, California. I miss that place.

I am now going to head to zumba and hope I am not the only person not having a date night.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

I'm finally Special.

So it seems like the print sales are continuing as I sold another one at the weekend. Let's hope this streak continues.

In other news I had the results back from a competition I entered the other day called 'Cityscapes.' It was just an online competition, where the 'gallery' in question displays your work and links to your website for a month, and sends information out to other galleries and websites. They have a pretty good footfall, or rather a good visitor count so it should be a good place to garner some publicity.

I didn't get a place in their top ten artists but for once in my life I did get some attention as I received a Special Recognition Award.

This is the first time I have received any official recognition for my work, well, other than the odd publication; Let's rephrase - this is the first time I have ever received an award for my artwork. Literally ever, a guy at school always won the yearly Christmas poster competition when I was small (yes, I carry this with me) so I was pleasantly surprised by receiving this.

Maybe 2018 really will be my year. It is a good start at least!

You can see the rest of the winners (and me) in the online gallery here.