Monday, January 26, 2015

In the New Year

Hi Folks! Happy new year- oh what's that you say- it's almost February? Hardly new year territory anymore? Well- yes that's true-strictly speaking- but I think it takes at least a month to get into the new year's groove. And I've been busy with the kids and the surgery healing and all that stuff. Plus it's been amazing weather wise here, above zero some days and that must be celebrated with snowmen. And there were a lot of snacks to be I was busy.

Anyhow- on to the blog, new year, new changes, we're renovating at our place right now, so things are sort of mayhem-like. This renovation has been in the works longer than I care to say- and we've been attacking it the same way some people make knitted projects- (you know small bursts of intense making, followed by longer periods where it sits in a bag and gets forgotten about- only to be dug out decades later almost complete- but woefully out of style, or is that just me?). Anyhow it's exciting to be getting this reno on the road, and we're such die hard do it your selfers it's bound to be entertaining for you too. It's a kitchen project mostly- but as with most old houses the projects do tend to balloon
into other rooms, so far we've only had to re-wire the entire house, as a side project- it's almost done- but not quite.

In other news I'm also hoping to switch this over to, or connect this up to a more serious professional website, I'm not sure what shape it will take- but I want my online art presence to be a little more, well, um, present to start with. An etsy shop or some other shop will likely be involved, and so that means I need to make more work. I think a main theme in my art making is that I need to make more work, always. But in other art news I think I'm going to start making some new paintings- I haven't painted since I left school- but it's my natural medium, so I'm going to do a series of portraits, I've got to get some canvases made and then I'll be off- the above photo might make a return as a painting- a 'Madonna of the cats' sort of image- we'll see- it's early stages yet.

I'll probably post a bit of my inspiration posts too- but I'm aiming for a more organic blog this year I think- one that doesn't feel like a chore, and also allows me to spend my creativity off the screen, instead of squandering it here (that sounds negative- what I mean is- I want this space to to feed my real life creative endeavors, not take the place of them. I think that's possible- I will try anyhow.

Hope your new year is ticking along well, and you're enjoying the winter so far- what's better than scarves and boots and hot chocolate anyhow?


  1. Sounds like you have your work cut out for this year. Best of luck. If you get to the point where you want that Etsy shop to happen, I'd love to pass on some of what I've learned in the last year and bit. Just ask.

    1. Yes- I would love to know what your experiences are with etsy- I've heard good and bad- but any tips you have would be wonderful!

  2. You've got a plan and that is always a good start. (More than I ever have!)

    I simply cannot wait to see you work with paint. That image would be priceless to have as a painting. I'm HUGE on portraits. As you can see I'm darn excited for you : )


    1. Thanks! There's just something about portraits right? I'm fascinated by them myself too- I just love drawing/painting the human face- it's so full of possibilities.

  3. It seems you are at a great starting point here, as you are fully aware of where you are and where you plan to proceed with your artworks. Though you are migrating to a more business-like website for your works, keeping a personal blog for your inspirations and such would be a good idea, especially if it already has a following. You can even capitalize on it and post links to your works from time to time. Anyway, I hope you’re able to set up an Etsy shop soon. We are looking forward to checking it out. Cheers!

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