Thursday, 27 January 2011

The corner of my bedroom

You're not seeing much of it but these are three paintings I did about 1-2 years ago now that finally are up on the wall and I think work well together. They weren't done at the same time but clearly I am drawn to similar colour palettes.

The light has been dingy in january and these were shot on my camera in natural light in the gloom. Although they are fuzzy the colours are more accurate than those I did with a flash. Which if any would work as cards do you think? all comments welcome.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Thank you Sophie - IckleScamp

@moobaacluck Happy Australia Day - thanks for making ours ext... on Twitpic

This gorgeous photo was posted on Twitpic by Sophie aka @Icklescamp (on Twitter)yesterday to celebrate Australia day! It features the Ausy Brit bunting that I made for her to celebrate her marriage to her Australian hubby. Lovely to see it again and such a nice thing to see first thing in the morning when suffering from a nasty chest infection. You needed to know.

Friday, 21 January 2011


I feel that mentally I am progressing with preparations for the two shows I am doing; and there are increasing piles of gesso'd wood appearing gradually in the shed for me to paint and paint and paint.

I asked dear @tonybonus to photograph a few new things for me this week which he did beautifully.
 Orders are gently coming in which - while I could do with earning more money, is just about as much as I can handle while deciding which items to make for trade and then work backwards to paint as many generic items as I can for Country Living at the end of March!
(I love this heart. I designed 3 new ones but this is my favourite. Bit late for this years Valentine but it will be part of the trade range and frankly it could work all year round as a decorative gift could it not?)

I have to accept I just can't do everything I wanted to but will give it a damn good try.

At the recommendation of Jane who runs Snapdragon's Garden and is @snapdragonjane on Twitter I am reading "Rework" by Jason Fried &David Heinmeier Hansson.

It's incredibly reassuring that I seem to be one of the sort of businesses that they recommend becoming - I don't have an official business plan and I go with the flow and do try to seize opportunities. The downside which I found hit home is that there is nothing admirable about working oneself ridiculously hard and thinking that it is some kind of virtue! This book told me I am stupid but also that I can take my time and reevaluate where I am going at any time! It's up to me! It's my business and I can change it anyway I like because what I don't have is overheads and staff - as yet. It's all to play for. It also reassured me greatly and I would recommend it as a good read for any small business.

And I want to thank Jane who gives so many people sound advice and the benefit of her experience. You're not supposed to start sentences with and are you? It's my blog and I can do what I like :)

Bye for now x