This week has seen a dramatic change in the seasons, the blossom came out and the storm raged through. It made my paintings quite moody and textures with dashes of light shot through. So I thought I’d just share a few pics from this week, as it’s been all about the blossom and the painting, two of my favourite things!
I like to finish my oil paintings with just a touch of oil pastel, it brings them to life.
As an artist it can be daunting when creative block happens, it’s like suddenly bumping into an invisible wall and not knowing or seeing how to get over or around it. As a woman I’ve noticed that my creative blocks nearly always happen on the fourth week of my cycle, I can pretty much set my watch by it. It’s almost like my body has its own seasonal thing going on and it really goes hand in hand with how I create now. So fourth week I call winter, I can’t work this week, my creative mojo gets up and leaves. The only way to deal with it is by accepting it for what it is and know that it will pass. On this week I read a lot, walk the dog, drink lots of tea and sometimes I down brushes and clay completely, or I just paint scraps of paper with colours, not to create anything, just to calm myself and enter a deep zen moment, it’s part of my whole process. I try and stay away from the internet as it sucks what’s left of my soul and instead I flick through mags.
Then my cycle arrives and it’s like spring! Suddenly I can’t paint or make quick enough, my creative ideas are spilling out onto the canvas and I’ll suddenly lay down the base layers for a whole collection on the trot. Shutting myself away and not coming out till I’ve got all my best work started, I feel so focused, so alive. My poor family doesn’t get much of a look in this week.
Then we roll into summer when I can peacefully create, organise my collections/stores and connect with friends and family again, plan my bizz and network before I go into autumn.
Autumn is the 3rd week and I feel the need to have everything organised and I tidy up my studio and finish work off. Then it goes around again. Understanding my body and knowing exactly what it needs has helped my creative career no end. I actually worked all this out by keeping a diary of where I was in my cycle and how I was feeling on each day. I did this for at least 6 months before I saw a pattern emerging and now I swear by journaling!
Hello, it’s always a tricky one photographing the products you have made but I have found my way out of the white box and gone more for lifestyle shots when I’m shooting my pieces, it also feels less sales sales sales in your face, I hate that. I always do my best to make sure the colours and definition are as accurate as possible and I like to bring my inspiration into the frame too. Here it is spring flowers and rustic textures.
Hello dear friends, so it’s been a while, I’m cringing as I write as I hate posts that start like this, that said and done a lot has happened since we spoke last. As you can tell from my pictures I’ve been expanding my career as an artist and last year I went back to college to take a ceramics course. Whizz forward to Jan 2019 and I sold my first pieces. Even though they’ve made it to a new home I just wanted to share them with you and talk you through my process as I embark on this new chapter.
It started with the need to create something that was usable. I always struggle when I’m painting or taking photos as I know I’m creating something I love (hopefully other people will too) but other than something being beautiful to look at I had the urge to create something that could be picked up and used everyday, this is where ceramics came in.
I love to process of building something out of clay with my bare hands, at the moment I’m using hand building methods to make vases, I love the wheel but building by hand gives a more organic form, I wanted the pieces to be perfectly imperfect, I love how organic the pieces look, I think something that has come from mud lends itself to rustic shapes. Inspired by nature and my garden flowers I either print into the soft clay using seed heads or I carve designs into it, these are then stained with pigment before glazing. I use a white clay body and the whole process takes roughly six stages to get to the finished piece.
At the moment I’m just making useable pieces, either vases or small dishes but I have plans to do sculptures too at some point.
I’m still painting, I’ve moved onto oils now and I’m still as mad about photography as ever. Still using the olympus pen-f and the old fuji and still loving them both, I’ve even found a new love for lightroom over photoshop which is something I thought would never happen.