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.....!

Friday, 23 August 2019

Orange Blocks

I am not going to even pretend to know where the last month has gone. A week of it went to the Isle of Wight and then who knows about the rest!

I feel like I have had a bit of an art block recently. There is too much on my mind and too many things I need to sort out. I started a painting a couple of weeks ago and it still remains unfinished. This is unusual as I usually like to start and finish a work in one sitting, which can mean I am sitting for a lot of hours but I feel like I work better at this intensity. It makes me wonder if the half finished painting is ever going to become alive, or just sit there in the hopes that one day I will complete it. I did manage to paint some more of it on Wednesday, and I am hoping I might finish it today, but I have got distracted; Distracted by home improvements and furniture arriving, blinds being chosen and deciding to paint one of the living room walls orange.

Orange. It really is very orange. It is debatable currently, whether I have just made a big mistake, and I have only painted a sample patch, and I still don't know.

I have been thinking about painting it for ages, so maybe it will be better to just do it and see. I can always paint over it with 600 coats of white paint if I do decide it isn't for me.

Go big or go home.

Sometimes it would be easier to just be small.

Fingers crossed once all these final home improvement distractions are out of the way I will be a bit more focused. I have sold a painting today, another one last week and I have just had a commission request come in. Surely this will help break the block.

Please let the block break soon..... 

Monday, 29 July 2019

Positive negativity?

Art seems to have gone off the boil slightly these last two weeks. My planned painting time the weekend before last was interrupted by life, and then I already knew this weekend just gone would be too busy.

To make up for it I am keeping my fingers crossed for rain tomorrow so I can sit and have a painting day. I have inspiration lined up thanks to my Facebook followers suggestions, and paint and canvasses waiting to be used. Tomorrow I may well be turning off the computer, unplugging the landline and putting my mobile on flight mode (probably, not really).

Whilst I have felt off track, I have still managed to sell a few mugs and prints over the last couple of weeks, so that is still something, and I am hoping my latest painting will be purchased once July turns into August. I could really do with the pick me up of an unexpected painting sale at the moment, just to lift me up a little. I guess perhaps I shouldn't worry though, as after visiting the Munch exhibition at the British Museum, maybe a little bit of anxiety and depression is a good thing, although I can't really pretend I am anxious or depressed as I am not really that kind of person.

Whilst Munch's work is not necessarily my cup of tea, I have a lot of respect for his work; He was the first protagonist of Expressionism, trying to show how things felt, rather than just how things are, or appeared. This is very important to me as I try to do the same. Not try to show the inner turmoil, or the isolation, or the black thoughts, like him, but to do the opposite. Show the beauty of nature, the cool breeze, the bright colours, the optimism, the beauty of human endeavour in fantastic buildings, the spectacular nature of every tiny thing and how it has come into being against all odds. Don't get me wrong, I have dark days, and I have been through some terrible things, we all have and I can empathise better than most, but I don't want to share that with you. I want to share all the reasons you should keep going and be positive - a walk always makes me feel better, or the colours of a sunset, colours in general make me feel better. I found this interesting in Munch's work as almost all of it on display was black, sometimes with a highlight of red or yellow to show you something important. Black is a powerful colour and one I rarely use, except for outlining. It is interesting to see what you need in a piece of work, I don't need to see something isolating and sad, I am good at feeling that on my own, I would rather see something colourful and uplifting, but I know lots of people like seeing something they can connect with or that reflects the mood they are in.

I am not sure why this blog post has got so deep as it was meant to just be a review of Edvard Munch at the British Museum, but I am obviously feeling very reflective today. Either way, if you want to see some deep, powerful and strong emotive work, you should definitely check out Munch's catalogue of images. If you need to look at something positive afterwards, then I guess you should take a look at mine: