Just a quickie

My weekend:

Relaxed;

Indulgent;

Inspired;

Creative;

Green;

Irish;

Ate too much (I mean really, who puts a full tub of roses in their guest bedroom?!);

Didn’t exercise enough;

Spent quality time with people/dogs I love.

Last week was a crazy-busy week for me. I needed a couple of days (weeks/months would be good too) to switch off and get back to basics again.

Recharged and gathered thoughts, ready for coming home and getting lots done.

I had a lot of thoughts and ideas for a variety of projects – arty and non-arty – and I’m looking forward to getting on with them. I only wish I had more time to dedicate to them all!

I’ve had a few people contact me for commissions over the last couple of weeks, which has been nice. I’m very short of time since I’m completely overflowing with ideas and inspiration at the moment, but I feel like I’d like to paint a couple of commissions this year.

Whilst waiting in the airport, my boyfriend and I partook in a round of Pass the pen(cil) to pass the time 🙂 :

In summary, life at the moment is a blur and a complete hive of activity. I’m enjoying it though and it has all (so far) been very rewarding. What a first month! 2018 is set to be a big one, I can feel it 😬

Behind behind the lens

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to have my artwork shot by two photographers from Liverpool Chinatown Photographic Society, Bill Plews and Wing Wong. To have a couple of very talented, very busy people (one of whom I’d not yet met!) offer their valuable time and experience to help me out in this way makes me feel very fortunate and appreciative. I am so eager to add content to my website but have been biding my time until I have good quality images that I can use. Needless to say, I was very excited to get things moving!

This was also the first opportunity I’ve had to really stand back and view my work from a distance, and also to see it all laid out together as one (all important) ‘body of work’. I knew I was happy with each piece individually, and I know I’ve been developing a style of my own which is evident simply by glancing through the paintings. The chance to finally stand back and see how they all look alongside each other, though, was long overdue but well worth the wait. I feel like there was a cohesive collection, with a common theme or style running through it.

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Next I need to process the images then I’ll be able to upload them to the gallery for you all to see. I don’t have Photoshop but have downloaded a free trial of Paintshop Pro, a photo editing software. It’s going to take a little time for me to get back in the editing swing of things but hopefully i’ll be able to squeeze it in sooner rather than later and I can keep the momentum going. Does anyone have any experience of using PaintShop Pro at all?

Other exciting news is I went straight out to buy myself a DSLR camera 😀 I’m really looking forward to being behind the lens for myself next time!

 

Away with the fairies

I seem to be spending my days (and nights) somewhere between reality and the responsibilities that come with that, and some kind of dream-like fantasy world that ticks all the boxes for living a satisfying, fulfilling, exciting, prosperous, challenging, fun!, varied life. No prizes for guessing which one I prefer…

What to do, what to do. Well I know full well what to do. Head down at work, keep on keeping on and doing well, but always keeping my eye on the bigger picture. You see, my dream-like fantasy world is a dream at this point but I have absolutely every intention of making it a reality, and the sooner the better as far as I’m concerned!

I’m not sure how much to divulge right now, not for fear of jinxing any potential success, but because I want my focus to be on the doing and not the talking. I’m buzzing with excitement and impatience, the reality-filled hours can’t pass by fast enough but at the same time I’ve got so many things to do for my other focus that there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love/value/need/can’t function without my sleep. Lately, however, I am lying in bed with my body tired, knowing I have to get up early for work the following morning, but my brain is an absolute force to be reckoned with and is definitely taking some convincing to quieten down for a few hours!

The following morning is the same, no matter how early I wake up, that’s it. My brain heard me. There’s no going back to sleep once the dragon is unleashed. I know once I get a few more weeks under my belt i’ll feel a bit calmer and like i’m on top of things. For now though it’s a race against the clock and I’m determined to win!