Above is a recent photo of one little corner of my studio, and of course my world (!) when I stayed late to keep painting. – see more pics on my Instagram.
I just wanted to post a quick update on what I have been doing recently as I feel like, once again, time is somewhat escaping me and I haven’t been able to keep up to date with everything that I wanted to (what’s new). But I think it is important to keep swimming, and flow with it, rather than resist what is trying to happen to you and instead embrace what is coming your way. Not always so easy to do, especially when we get caught up and fixated on something that we are so desperate to make happen.
Close up of ‘Storm’
The main focus I have been working on for most of this year, is creating new watercolour paintings for Breeze gallery here in Scotland (see above image). I feel really lucky to have a very supportive outlet to create new originals for. They really believe in me and my work, and of course that is always encouraging. So in some ways it feels like my illustration work is taking a slight side step, but then I like to think that it isn’t always necessary to define this work or that work and decide what you do and what you don’t do, as a creative person this scope is so broad and as much as it is good to have a focus, I do not want to be bound by any title or genre. And I know I am not alone in feeling like this, for anyone else that is very creative and has many ideas and directions all at the same time, it is sometimes a struggle to ‘manage’ it all and find the ‘right’ direction. So as I said before, I try to go with it and embrace what is working, and what I most enjoy doing at that moment in time, and this usually helps to produce the best work, if it feels right, and isn’t forced. So for me, right now, I am painting, a lot. And drawing. I draw before I paint which is part of my process. As well as trying to create lots of new colourful, sunshine-filled watercolours, I have also been busy with a few private commissions for individuals, all very special and unique in themselves. And then there is all the background stuff, seeing to my online shop, trying to create a new website (my on-going saga) , and constantly trying to make my studio a bit more organised and less messy…. but then I start drawing/ painting and it all gets a bit crazy again! There is probably lots more that I can’t think of right now… but that is my brief work update for now! – oh and stay tuned on the new website… I *hope*
As I mentioned in my previous post, a few weeks ago now, I had the pleasure of doing some live illustrating at an UGG event. I haven’t done live illustrating at an event like this before, so I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to do so, and even more pleased that it went so well and lots of people left very happy with a little illustration in hand! It was basically a fairly swanky private event for various staff members, and I was there to do a very quick illustration of anyone that wanted one of themselves. Given that they all work in fashion, it made my job very easy as the majority of people got really into it and were great at pulling, and holding, poses for me! Unfortunately I don’t have great photos of the illustrations I did of people as 1. it was non stop and people were soon lining up to have there illustration done, so there was no time to take photos in between! and 2. It was like a bar/ club scene so the light was not great for photo taking – on my phone anyway! So in this post I have included a few warm up sketches I did prior to the event and at the event whilst waiting for people to arrive. So you can get an idea of what a live/quick illustration of mine looks like. As well as the few photos that did turn out ok from the night.
Thanks again for having me UGG!
I also used this as a good excuse to buy some new materials to work with! So I got a whole bunch of pro -markers and some lovely ‘brush pens’ which are probably the closest thing to creating a painted feel without the mess of water and brushes etc which is much more convenient when doing something like this. And they have two ends one is more like a brush tip and the other is thiner for finer lines. I actually got a couple different brands…not sure which I prefer yet. And the range of colours available is amazing, might work up to eventually having them all!
Sorry I haven’t posted anything since July…. eeek. I was getting quite good at posting quite regularly, but then the summer swallowed me up and I was caught up in a crazy wave of activity, some of which I mentioned in a previous post. So after that crazy busy time, I carried on with an art fair in Chelsea, London, and then for most of August I was in Edinburgh during the international festival where I had a stall, more like a pop up shop, for 23 days in a row. It was intense, and all consuming, but I really loved it, and it went so well. It was amazing to be in a position where people from all around the world could see my work, the city really does come alive during that time!
Anyway, I just wanted to say a quick hello before I hit you with a slightly more wordy post I have drafted!
In the meantime here are a few pics from my stand at the Edinburgh festival, and a huge thank you to everyone that came, and everyone that bought some of my work, thank you.