I’m knackered but I have had a very productive day in studio. I seriously need to pace myself though…to avoid burnout. Being in the studio erodes the concept of time….for me and I don’t remember to eat….I work nonstop…..one project seamlessly morphing into another…..almost as though I operate within a vacuum…a freeze frame of creativity. It is only when I get home do I realise just how knackered I am.
I simply have to assume that the only reason I’ve not been blogging lately is because I’ve got so much on…and I’m probably keeping it all so close to chest. I have the tendency to blab so in order to keep schtum I find myself not chatting at all….
Definitely getting the hang of this… (practise makes perfect et al). Okay…truth is…I’m buzzing this morning…most definitelygot my groove on…just joined folksy …(loving the listing process right now – so good to ‘blurb’ about ‘what has inspired’ my artwork)
Folksy seems more geared towards the ‘handmade’ and it’s for ‘homegrown talent’.
Ha! Never referred to myself as ‘homegrown talent’ before…I’m either becoming ‘big headed’ or growing in confidence. I choose the latter (lest I burst my own bubble).
22nd January 2018
Spent all weekend working! (Definitely felt like work – administrative tasks). Well…fun-ish admin tasks…endlessly taking product shots and listing them. Got some new app Camera+ and photos look pretty okay (post production) but thecream of the crop is some Craft Pricing Calculator app…(where have you been all my life?). At least, now when (not if) I am put on the spot re: pricing a commission, I can enter figures and boom! Defo going to make figuring out prices so much easier for me!
So….aiming for at least 100 products listed on Etsy and preferably another 100 on Folksy. Not that I have any idea how that is in the least bit feasible. But one can dream eh? Even burning the candle at both ends would be a stretch…being both employed and self employed. My day job takes up ‘daylight’ hours and working till midnight only to get up at 5.30am is no picnic.
I am in love with the smell of oils…all of a sudden painting is not such a chore. I basically had no idea how to get myself reinvigorated… Then I just thought why not put another layer of paint over acrylics? So now I know what had put me off this painting (it wasn’t the (sickly) sweet smiles)…it was basically the fact that acrylic dries so fast and I do not want to be rushed off my feet whilst painting…as well as the fact that (really going all out to state facts today😊)…made a blunder when sketching. So I’m going to take my time and work into the painting with oils and voila… I’m happy and really enjoying this now.
Oil paint really has a sting in its tail… because as buttery as it is … (jeez) the smell of turps…it is too much. I definitely have a love hate relationship with oils because I loooove painting with oils but I hate cleaning my brushes….and I need to clean my brushes.
I found a brilliant way to keep me on track… Basically painting oils over acrylics makes it very interesting. The last time I used my oils must be about four years ago. So now rather than be terribly bored with the painting I seem to have a new lease of life (as you may).