Well, hasn’t 2017 been a busy one!
We’re now in the middle of February but for me, I feel like it’s much later as I haven’t stopped! I received a booking for this commission on New Years Day and had just one week to complete it before it was required. As soon as I finished this, I had another commission for an Otterson Vase reproduction for a client in New York. Oh, and I’ve also been working overtime at work every night, started a 12 week training/clean eating plan and been trying to see my boyfriend!
So suffice to say, 2017 has been tiring already, but I have so many plans for thins I want to do! I have one more commission to do within the next 2 weeks then I will be focusing on my own work and producing some pieces for competitions/open art exhibitions, to try and push myself and see if I can get listed in any finalist listings!
The below piece was my first commission of the year. The client found an old painting I did (of this same photo) 6 years ago and asked if there were any prints available. I don’t have many photos of that piece and frankly, I don’t like how it’s painted anymore so I managed to convince the client I could produce a cheap original for her. This was by far the fastest I’ve ever completed a painting but I’m really happy with it and have fallen in love with painting flowers all over again!
Roses, acrylic on canvas, SOLD
Happy New Year! I have had a great Christmas holiday so far (still another 4 days to go until I go back to work – yay!) and I have made good use of the time to plan what I want to achieve over the next 12 months – some of which I will keep to myself!
I’m slowly working on new pieces and originally did this piece for a client last Christmas – and started it 2 hours before it was due. Suffice to say, it was awful, I’m embarrassed when I look at it now and so I decided I would do a new version to be used in my Etsy store which I aiming to open in the next few months (so long as I have enough pieces ready to do so!).
I’m trying to find a specific style with these pieces now, and will soon be incorporating some small colour highlights to really make them pop.
My Grandma Has…, acrylic and artists pen on acrylic paper. Contact me for any reproduction queries.
Wine not?, acrylic and artists pen on acrylic paper
Last year I completed a piece for my best friend who has just moved into her first home with her husband and baby. They didn’t need anything specific for the house, so I thought a nice little piece of artwork would be a nice addition! The initial concept was nice and simple, using some different types of typography throughout.
As part of my Etsy store that I will be launching next year, I wanted to redevelop this piece, keeping much of the same elements, but adding more vines and flowers which have become staple elements in most of my typography pieces. I’ve also added more textures and highlights to really make it pop and I’m really pleased with it – more as when I made the original last year, I didn’t have a scanner so the details were lost on the completed photo I took.
This piece will be available as a print on my Etsy store, with the option for customers to purchase a hand drawn reproduction also.
Love Makes A House A Home, acrylic and artists pen on acrylic paper, message me for purchasing details
So It’s been a long while since I posted and a lot has happened in that time!
Since my last post I have:
- Got a new job (going swimmingly – been here 3 months now!)
- Got a new roomie – Boyfriend has now moved in and we have been living in (most of the time) blissful harmony for nearly 2 months
- Started making my New Years Resolutions (standard)
- And FINALLY started working on my portfolio of items for the Etsy shop I secured about 18 months ago!
The past couple of weeks I’ve been easing myself back into my art as I really want to start creating pieces that show a signature style, rather than the random pieces I’ve made for commissions the past few, well, years!
I’m trying to push myself more and start drawing and painting subjects I’ve always shied away from as I’ve always been terrible at them, for example – faces and people. I’ve finished this illustration piece, completed in watercolour, acrylic and pen and I’m actually quite pleased with it! I’ve had so many ideas for pieces that incorporate the female figure which I’ve always had to put on the back burner but I am determined that 2017 will see some of these ideas come to life!
Some of my resolutions (for art) as as follows – this will definitely increase!
- Work on my drawing skills, especially on subjects I struggle with
- Bring at least 2 of my older ideas to life in paintings
- Complete 10 paintings throughout the year
- Launch my Etsy shop
- Enroll on an illustration course
- Do something artistic every day – even if its just 10 minutes of work
There’s not loads here, but I struggle at the best of times to find time, but even if I only fulfill 50%, I’ll be happy with that.
What are your resolutions for the year?