Inspiration for my latest work: Butterflies!
‘It always seems impossible until it’s done’ a wise man once said!
I have finished painting, setting up and moving into my home studio! My body is a bit sore from the painting and unpacking. Although I’m feeling extremely lucky to have such a special space.
It has a loft and French doors that open onto our garden. I’ve filled it with all my treasures and oversized antique furniture that didn’t fit into the house! Great for storage though!
I’ve begun to adorn the walls with artwork and photos of loved ones and images that make me smile.
I’m hoping having a dedicated space to work in will boost my inspiration.
Not everyone is able to have such a space, in the past I would work in the kitchen during the day.
Benefits of having a studio:
- It gives you confidence in regards to calling yourself an artist and helps others take you seriously.
- It’s a separate space away from everyday distractions, TV, other people etc.
- Therefore encouraging focus and concentration on your creative work.
- No need to pack away and reset work, wasting time, energy and breaking creative flow.
- The space can be designed to suit your needs for storage, light and inspiration.
- No excuses for not being productive!
On that note I better get cracking and christen my studio by creating a masterpiece! Learn more about my work!
I received my business cards today! I designed them and ordered them online. Just basic and inexpensive.
I hesitated on what to put on them. Giving myself the title of ‘mixed media artist’ was a bold move! But now I guess I am one because a little card says so!
‘No one will take you seriously unless you do!’
Not sure how much people use cards these days? I know I often flick them into the bin and use the internet instead. But they’re handy to pack with sold items or send out with exhibition pieces.
Most of all they give me a tiny confidence boost and make my artwork more official.
Another relevant saying ‘fake it till you make it!’
I could keep going with witty inspirational quotes! But I’ll stop here!
Is my art any good? That question regularly pops into my head and floats around! I’m sure I’m not the only artist who considers this (wow! I managed to actually call myself an artist!)
Anytime someone tells me they like one of my paintings, I decide they are just being polite or don’t know what they’re talking about! I reply by pointing out the work’s faults! Don’t they know I’m a fraud! ‘Imposter Syndrome’ fear of being exposed as a fraud and doubting one’s accomplishments.
Putting aside the usual negative chitter chatter in my mind, it’s tricky to tell where my artwork sits. Exposed to so much online work to compare it to, while trying not to copy other artist’s style. Being authentic but producing pieces other people admire enough to purchase.
How do I know if my work is any good? I clearly doubt other’s opinions and can’t trust mine. I am often surprised by which paintings do well online, pieces I don’t feel are that good! Though to be honest I’m surprised when any work is received well! Though clearly this doesn’t stop me from continuing to paint!
Well I know this self-doubt is normal and common. I have to acknowledge what I have accomplished. I hope to find a place where I can comfortably and confidently present my work to the world with a satisfied smile!
Swim over turtles and pelicans and make room for the fairy penguin! The smallest penguins to waddle the earth! Found in Australia and New Zealand!
I’m happy with this painting and hope to complete many more!
In the new year my aim is to create professional prints to sell on my Website. This shall be one of them.
I am excited to see what other colourful creatures 2019 brings!
I’m sure I prattled on in earlier blog posts about the well known concept ‘practice makes perfect’.
Lately ‘turtles’ have appeared in some of my latest painting works. I nailed my first unplanned one, encouraging me to continue the theme. But now I feel I am struggling, whenever I confidently attempt painting a turtle, some winged and un-turtle like creature appears under my brush! They seem to be getting progressively worse with each attempt. So much for practice!
I was excited to start my latest piece. I was very pleased with the background I’d prepared. I selected all my favorite colours to create my turtle, the result…. I introduce this stunned green deep-sea creature! It looks more like a bloated flying frog!
Bat, bird, frog or plane?
I’ve been reading a lot about intuitive painting at the moment, so I put this green creature down to my intuition, not my intention. Somehow on the canvas this fellow needed to appear!
Perhaps I’ll have a break from ‘turtles’ for a while!
This is some of my latest work uploaded to Redbubble
I’ve been using a lot of blues and greens and continued exploring my ‘water’ theme.
The local pelicans who hang out at our jetty have had an influence on my work. I haven’t mastered painting them yet, but improving!
Subscribe to keep up with my latest work and adventures!