Thursday, 31 December 2009
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Saturday, 12 December 2009
Ok, blatant self-promo over... I have been playing around with creating some new colour palettes from some photos I have taken of rocks and leaves and things. I think the best, and most unexpected, colour combos come direct from Mother Nature herself, and I always love to use them. If you need a bit of colourful inspiration check out this blog, its amazing!!
Friday, 11 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Oh yes I am!!! I had the opportunity this week for two whole days in my studio, and I hate to admit I feel as though I have totally wasted them!! I sat there wondering what to do, trying to put my thoughts and ideas into some kind of order and trying to decide what I wanted to start. I even got all my old college sketchbooks out and had a look thru them to kick start my creativity. And finally, by day two, I had made a decision (ok, I admit I didn't fully waste day 1, i was doing Christmas stuff, special treats for special people).
Eureka moment (!) and I decided I was going to start getting some ideas down for a series of childrens birthday cards, (you know the ones with how old they are on them?). I fancied doing some printing, as I haven't done any for ages, and so thats what I did! I had a brand new sketchbook to fill with my ideas and sketches and prints. But the day just didn't work out how I expected and I am left feeling completely uninspired, frustrated, in a crap mood and a bad-temper, (WITH MYSELF!!!). It seems like every day I try to spend time in the studio I end up feeling like this. I feel like I am putting myself under too much pressure and then not enjoying the whole creative process as a result. What on earth is wrong with me??? And what can I do to stop myself feeling like this? Does anyone else know what I mean or am I really going a bit bonkers?? It seems I'm always harping on about feeling this way about my work, sometimes I wonder if I should just give it up.... but then I'd have a studio at the top of the garden staring at me as well as a pile of empty sketchbooks smirking and sniggering in the cupboard!! Blinking eck, someone give me a shake or just a reality check at least (if not, a great big kick up the arse will do!!)
But, on a more jovial festive note, we now have our Christmas tree (a small one in a pot, so the new dog isn't tempted by all our lovely baubles), and my husband is upstairs whistling carols and listening to Scrooge on the radio!! Ahhh!!
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
and revisiting some old sketchbooks yesterday, I came across some sketches of teapots and thought I would try out a new layout. Not so sure whether this will sell but it was just good to get the pens out again after a few weeks of not much inspiration. I'm trying to get motivated to do some new work (maybe textile based??) but again I'm having problems pinning down my ideas. I always have loads of different things that I want to try out whizzing around the grey matter, but I always seem to struggle with starting a new project and holding my interest and motivation. The last few I have started kind of fizzled out after a week or two, I obviously just weren't meant to be doing them at the time.
After my initial burst of work with the bird series over the summer (which was moderately successful) I am now having a few problems with the direction in which I want to take my work and what I actually want to achieve with my humble business. I'm sure this is something everyone experiences at some point but I seem to have been feeling this way on and off for the past few months. I never seem to have the time to get my teeth into something and spend plenty of time on one thing. I need a goal to aim for and maybe some kind of pressure to kick start my work again. I think this year as I haven't got involved with any Craft Fairs or Xmas Markets I haven't had the pressure of having to finish off a body of work to show. So maybe that is what I need. But getting the balance between the positive effects of pressure and it all becoming too much of a pain in the arse seems a tricky task.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
And last of all, of my random things today, my new pictures which I have just collected today. I had them for sale in some really cheapo frames, I knew they didn't really do them any justice, so I took them to get them framed professionally and it juts makes a world of difference. Maybe now someone might buy them!!
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Monday, 2 November 2009
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Monday, 26 October 2009
And thanks to all the helpful folk on the folksy forum who have helped me to decide on my Christmas Card designs, the pudding and the angel are the casualties!!
Ooh, and one more thing, my workspace has been featured on the Nottingham Craft Mafia Blog, thanks to Helen from Petal Textiles for the post!!
Oh, and another thing, but not as nice, infact quite horrible, our new dog, Pip, bit my godson yesterday, so we have decided we cannot keep her. She is going to a new home, by the sea, with no children and another dog as company (thanks to my Auntie). We are both very sad to see her go, as we were really starting to get used to her, and starting to really fall for her! But we have to do the right thing for us, hard as it is.
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Before we start, tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into your art/craft/design career, how it all started and where you are now…
I’ve always created, ever since I was a small child. My mum would encourage us to draw and make our own cards for family and my gran taught me how to sew and knit so really it’s in my blood! At school I won most of the art competitions and when it came to choosing what to do at university I couldn’t imagine doing anything that wasn’t art related. I actually chose a graphic design course at Norwich School of Art in the end where I got to try a whole variety of art disciplines including animation and photography, finally settling on illustration. Since leaving college I have been working freelance as a commercial artist and selling online for a mind blowing 10 years – just don’t ask me where the time has gone!
How long have you been using sketchbooks?
I’ve only really appreciated the benefit of keeping a sketchbook in the last year or so. Even at college I used to keep notebooks and scrapbooks of sorts but never sketchbooks. I prefer to work straight onto what becomes the finished piece, especially as a lot of my work is collage based and quite organic in nature. I’ve never really felt the need to prepare a piece of work; with collage you can play around with the different elements until you are happy and just stick them down. Lately though I have felt the need to start drawing more and incorporate these drawings into my collages which of course requires a sketchbook. But in doing so I found I am seeing my surroundings in a new way. It’s a slower, more honest process and you need to look closer at your subject and it keeps me away from the computer and camera which I tend to become far too reliant on.
How often do you use your sketchbook?
I have a few sketchbooks on the go, but the 2 main ones are one for my drawings that end up in my digital work and a texture one that is created from the residual transfers I use in my collages. This texture journal is then drawn back over the top of and is a lot more experimental. Both are used fairly regularly as both help to create new work and new work produces new material for my sketchbooks.
Do you have a favourite and why?
Not really, they are all different and are precious in their own way, it would be like asking to choose between my children.
Back in the old days it would have filled me with fear but now I rush to finish a book just so I can start a new fresh one. I make my own sketchbooks now so I have already made it with a purpose in mind and can’t wait to get started!
How would you describe your sketchbook process?
I’m not sure I have a process, I tend to work quite quickly and don’t give myself too much time to think or I will end up ripping out pages because it’s all gone wrong. I have learned to live with mistakes or work over them. Sketchbooks that are pristine can be boring. Well mine are anyway. So I have learned not to be precious about what goes in them anymore and weirdly the results are a lot more satisfactory.
What is your favourite medium to work with?
Matte gel medium. My life change when I discovered the stuff. Seriously. And paper. And glue. And acrylic paint. And black ink. It’s all about texture and layers and not being able to close my sketchbook because the pages are too thick.
Where is your ideal sketching location?
At my desk. With my music on. I can’t work outside for some reason, I prefer to shut myself away in my little studio and use photos I’ve taken.
How have your sketchbooks evolved over the years?
I can actually finish one! I still have all my books from college and apart from the scrapbooks I mentioned they are all empty. There might be a few doodles and ideas just to appease tutors in the first few pages and that will be it. They were something I dreaded having to open. Now mine are permanently open and a joy to use.
If you had to pick one favourite sketchbook page which would it be and why?
This is a tricky one because my mood changes so often. But I suppose at the moment I like the butterfly page in my texture journal. No real reason, it just suits me now
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Friday, 23 October 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Back to the sofa for me, hope I'm feeling better soon. I'm dying to get away in the caravan but doubt we will be going anywhere at the weekend if we both still feel like this!