Monday, 17 April 2017

Monday

forget-me-nots

forget-me-nots in a vintage pot - acrylics on Fabriano paper

interior with portraits and model houses

interior with portraits and model houses - acrylics on Fabriano paper


Hello, it's a bank holiday Monday here in the UK and so quite typically chilly and looking like it might rain... I have been enjoying a long weekend mostly not working - it has been good for me and my family. I confess here it is difficult for me to 'stop', to stop working, to stop thinking about work, but I recognise I need to do that from time to time. Once this blog post is written I shall attempt to slip back into my non-working mode, for the rest of the day, and tomorrow I'll be making that final push, completing work, gathering up, evaluating, photographing... in anticipation of my shop update on Wednesday.

I enjoy my work very much, I know I am a hard critic of what I do, and I want to always offer my very best. At the same time, I am realising I need to down tools just once in a while, and have time for others and other things. I've been reading more recently - if you are at all interested in knowing what I am reading then you can take a look over at goodreads - and add me as a friend if you like. I am trying to keep up with listing the books I am reading, (though there have been gaps in the past).

Social media is something we all juggle and negotiate with, at some level or another. Some of us have tried a lot of different stuff and then we decide what is or not for us. My sister has never been tempted by Facebook, for example, and that is just fine. I don't use it very much at all these days and that is just fine for me. I find Instagram is at times overwhelming, with so many images posted each day - but hey I was the one who clicked to follow over 500 people. I have, currently, 12.7k followers over there and appreciate each click and heart, but goodness me if you're not careful this can all become exceedingly time consuming and anxiety-inducing, so I recognise the value in posting just once or twice a day and taking time off when I need to do that. My learning curve, when it comes to social media, is a slow and wobbly one, like a multicoloured crayon wobbly line. Twitter is something I enjoy, mostly reading rather than posting, though I use it more for keeping up with the news than really marketing my work. Is marketing your work a conscious thing or is being anywhere part of the process, I ask myself, as I play endless games of Scrabble - my absolute favourite phone app (despite losing as many games as I win).

Back to work: I have been making a variety of paintings recently, the still lifes and the interiors dominating. Drawing-wise I have been more experimental in recent weeks and have felt a necessary playfulness, if that is not an oxymoron. If I am working on carefully considered still lifes 'from life, I feel I also need to balance that with some gestural, improvised stuff - even if that ends up being bits of paper stuck in a sketchbook and never offered as 'real work'. Over the weeks ahead I would like to consider further working from life and a variety of still life subjects. At the same time I'd like to continue exploring more abstracted drawing. Developing in two circles that somehow overlap, at times, perhaps....

I have written quite a bit today so will end by wishing you a good start to the week and with a promise to share more photos and less waffle tomorrow.

Shop update: this Wednesday - 2pm UK time.

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