Thursday, 30 September 2010

morning walk

When I'm not at work it's my job to walk the dog, so this morning, with the prospect of the biggest ever list of jobs to do, plus dog-walking etc etc etc, I got up an hour earlier (following my husbands advice... yes I was up even before him) and went out walking before the sun had even properly risen! And I'm pleased I did, because I caught the most magical frosty sunrise and I luckily had my camera with me!! Misty morning... definitely the right way to start the day, I'm nearly all the way down my to-do list now and have some new work to show you tomorrow.

Friday, 24 September 2010

more muted

green and purple, who'd have thought they would look so lovely together.... but then i think all the best colour combos occur naturally!!

Thursday, 23 September 2010

more autumnal shades

another one for you, from another Harrogate Flower show picture, I LOVE these colours and can't seem to steer myself away from them!! I am going to have to try and find something a bit different for my next one i think!!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010


Here's another nifty photoshop colour selection to feast your eyes upon!! Okay, well it's not that exciting but it's all I have to offer you this week I'm afraid. This one is from another picure I took at Harrogate last week.
I CAN'T WAIT to get some new work started at the mo and am finding my lack of creative time very frustrating, but what's a girl to do, life takes over sometimes, and, whilst I'm not complaining as I've been able to spend some much needed time with my family and friends, I do miss my two days a week in my studio. It seems that my plans of three days work and two days studio time hasn't really happened very much this year, so I'm making a promise to myself that October is dedicated to making sure I do get those two precious studio days every week and I get more time to be creative. I have a thousand new ideas for some work for the Rufford Christmas Fair I'm taking part in this year. I migh even get round to screen printing some tea towels... you never know!!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010


I'm not sure what they were but I saw some groovy looking furry flowers when I went to Harrogate Flower Show last week in search of some artistic inspiration! This is about as creative as things are getting at the moment, as I just haven't had any time at all to spend in the studio making new work. So I just thought I'd share this with you and hope that I'll have some new work to show you in a week or two....

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

to be or not to (soozie)bee... that is the question!

After a lot of umming and ahhing about my 'brand' name, and wondering whether I should 'rebrand' I took the question to my Notts Creative group meeting last week and asked my colleagues what they thought about it all...... should I keep 'sooziebee' or should I go with my very own name??
To cut a long story short 'sooziebee' came from a combination of a bag company my sister and I were going to start several years ago and a cute nick-name given to me by a little boy I know. When I first started working on my art I wanted a name that would be fun and quirky, which is what it was back then, but now I think I need something more recognisable and 'just me' which is why I have been thinking of the whole rebrand idea. The general concensus of the NC2 group was that I should change it sooner rather than later, which is pretty much what I had been thinking anyway. Lots of people who meet me don't necessarily connect me and my work to 'sooziebee' as they don't really know what it is.
Ok, that ended up being a long story not being cut particlualry short but you get the gist don't you? What oh what shall I do?? Throw away all of my lovely letterheads, business cards and comp slips, my stamp and change my blog.... and go with 'sue bulmer'?? Would this work??? I just don't know!! Let me know what you think people!!

Sunday, 12 September 2010

garden colours

how gorgeous are these colours? all picked fresh from our garden today, i just love the lime greens of the courgettes and the deep purples and pinks of the beetroot. will def be using these in some work soon.

one step further

here are a couple more pictures of 'the apple tree' which is getting ever nearer to completion. It is taking a lot longer than the ink illustrations but it's good seeing it coming together... what do you think so far?

Thursday, 9 September 2010

nearly finished the painting bit

phew, thats nearly a full days work in this picture, the results of one of the best day i've had in my studio since i've been in there. How rewarding to spend so much time on something and liking the way it turns out, i'll be scanning it in and showing you it properly once it's really finished so you can get a better impression of how it really looks. It's been a good day!!

the apple tree

i have been immersed in my new painting 'the apple tree' today, and blimey doesn't time fly when you are having fun!! This is the first day for ages that I have had a studio day and i'm making the most of it. I've just been out to do a few errands, like going to the bank, and picking up some canvasses (details of which will follow over the next few weeks) and i'm now back at home ready for part 2. Will post more pics when I'm done

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

preparation time for my apple tree

not a brilliant photo i know, but this is something i started when i was on holiday last week, and i think it's going to be a painting when it grows up!! I don't want to give too much away in case it all goes wrong, but i'm looking forward to getting started on this on Thursday.

In several conversations I have had over the past couple of months I have talked to people about the diversity of my work and how it all fits together. As a result of this, and i think i have mentioned this before, so 'scuse me if i'm going over old ground and boring you to death, but i have decided to pursue my ink illustration style over the next six months or so, giving my textiles a bit of a break, to try and develop my work and move it on a bit and hopefully start to 'grow' my individual style so you can see some continuity across my portfolio. So this week I'm going to introduce a new medium (dusting off my paintbrushes) and see how it turns out. Wish me luck!!

Monday, 6 September 2010

au revoir

lack of new work to show you, but a relevant picture all the same, this one above 'love is in the air' will be winging its way off to a new home tomorrow as I've had a second decent sized sale on folksy this week. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to how my work sells, but I'm not complaining, it's a great buzz when someone buys your work. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that these things happen in threes and I maybag another sale soon!!

Also, not much else to report, my first day back at work was quite uneventful, and I managed a quick run at lunchtime. I'm still writing my to-do list for September, but I feel I need to stop soon as it's now onto the second page, and it's becoming a bit too long for my liking... too many jobs will result in me trying to do them all on Thursday and not getting any new work done. And I have LOTS of new ideas that I can't wait to try!!

Sunday, 5 September 2010

hello september

I'm back from a lovely sunny week in Herefordshire, county of orchards, cider, rolling hills and gorgeous views. We had thought about going to Greece but ended up staying in the UK, and I think we made the right deicision. We had wall-to-wall sunshine every day and did plenty of walking, exploring and relaxing and have come back feeling thoroughly recharged and relaxed.
So now, it's September and it feels as thought summer is coming to an end, as the first tinges of browns and yellows can be seen in the trees. I'll soon be packing away my shorts and sandals and getting out my woolly jumpers and boots, I do love the changes in the seasons, but just wsh summer would last a little longer, I don't feel ready yet!
I have a 'to-do' list which is dauntingly long, but feel chilled out enough not to let it overwhelm me! I'm back to my normal hours at work from this week, which should mean I can get some new work done in my studio. I was hoping to get accepted to one of the regional Christmas Markets but unfortunately was turned down (sniff sniff!), so at the mo I have no Christmas things to get ready for, kind of disappointing but liberating as I can just concentrate on making new work, and forming more structured plans for next year.
So bring on September... I'm feeling focussed and raring to get back in the studio!!