( ⚠️ A long one!) I just wanted to say hello to the new peeps! And share a little info about me that you may not know. I'd love to hear about you too if you're happy to drop a comment below. It's always fascinating to read people's stories! Alternatively drop me an email email@example.com 🎨 I came back to art later in life having been to scared to follow my passion for waaaaayyyy too many years 🐕, 😻 😻 🐟 🐟 🐹 👩👦👦 I have a (very old!) dog called Max, two cats Audrey and Oliver, two fish, a (temporary) hamster ......the hamster isn't temporary 😳, the situation of me looking after him is! And most importantly two amazing boys, who make me proud every day and yes occasionally drive me round the bend.🤪 💃🏻 I lived away from home from the age of 11, and trained to be a professional dancer but only did it for a few years, stopping when I met my then husband. However I got to travel lots, which was incredible. I got (blagged) a job as a PA to a Director when I couldn't even 'touch-type' (you should've seen her face on Day 1!!) but I learnt FAST (mainly because she was quite scary) 🙉 I have THE worst singing voice on the planet...we’re talking glasses smashing/cats joining in...the works. 🏢 I have set up two multiple six-figure businesses, from scratch, one product based (a retail store) and one service based (a pilates and yoga studio) During those 15 years in business I have had many failures and successes, some of which should have resulted in very grey hair ;-). And some make me very proud indeed. I love doing up houses and have had 18 different houses 🙊😳 which sounds very bad when you say it out loud. my family think I should just buy a horse and cart/caravan and have done with it! 😂 Now I've found where I am truly happy and that is pottering around in my studio making and selling art, and helping other artists build successful businesses for themselves. 💕 👩🏽🎨 It was a very winding path to get here but I wouldn't change it for the world. Did you come back to art later in life? I always think it feels more beautiful when it happens this way round, rather than straight from school, but you may disagree?
Yeayyyy finally getting back into the studio this week. I love this place. The second I open the doors and step in it just feels like magic. Still so much to do in terms of getting it plastered and putting a floor down, but I don't care....I love it anyway. Hoping I can sneak in here at the weekend too. What are your plans? Anything exciting? • • • • • #artlife #studiotime #maketimetocreate #maketimeforart #paintparty #paints #oilpaintings #mixedmediaart #graphicart #colorgram #painting #abstractart #expressionism #acrylic #paintmixing #creativeart #expressive #instaart #artistic_share
What to do when you have so much going on that you're struggling to fit in time to create! We've all been there haven't we? Last minute appointments coming up, a job to go to, children to look after, school bubbles bursting, houses to clean etc etc. It feels like we need an extra 12hrs in a day sometimes. So here are a couple of tips that may help: 1) have a space set up ready to go with your materials easily accessible 2) even if you only have 15 mins do something, even if it's just doodling/playing with colour 3) don't wait for inspiration....as the saying goes...it finds you working ;-) 4) don't put pressure on yourself to create a masterpiece, treat any time you have as play so that it doesn't add to your 'workload/stress' 5) See what things you can say no to in your day and be REALLY honest about how much time you spend scrolling....(oh the irony of saying that on a social media post 😉) 6) schedule in creating time and stick to it, just like you would any other commitment, try not to let a last minute lunch or friend who'd like a catch up, creep into your precious creating time. 7) or run off to a desert island with your paints...🤣
(SOLD) These two beauty's have sold this week. I love it when paintings find their forever home and it's even better when it happens when you're away!! I'll certainly miss having them around though that's for sure. Do you get attached to certain paintings too?
A close up of one of the ‘Home’ collection due to be finished soon. After doing pages of research, processing my own thoughts and feelings, taking notes, doing some visual exploration and chatting to you guys about what the idea of ‘Home’ meant to you I’m nearing the end of a collection that has been hugely satisfying. Most of you agreed that home was more of a feeling so to contrast that feeling of warmth, love, security I’ve tried to bring in some darker moments too. After all, we can’t recognise something as safe and nurturing unless we have something to compare it to that is the opposite...or different at least. Does that make sense or are these the ramblings of a crazy woman? 🤪🤣
Getting some r&r this week as it’s half term. So much exciting news to share with you soon, I can barely contain myself. But for now, it’s time to re-charge the batteries. I once listened to a beautiful meditation that I’ve mentioned before, by @Sarahfinds, which talks about honouring natures cycles. Winter/summer Day/night We have to balance periods of pushing and working with periods of rest and reflection. The latter periods I used to think were a waste of time as I wasn’t ‘producing’ anything but boy is that wrong. Some of the greatest moments of clarity and inspiration come when we sit quietly enough to listen and hear them ❤️❤️ Sending love to you all
One of my real passions in life is to see more artists break through any blocks they may have and build a business doing what they love! Which is why I set up the Thriving Artists Business School, to de-mystify 'business' and make it simpler/easier. Probably the most common question I get asked in the TABS facebook group is literally 'where do I start?' or 'How do I sell my art'. And whilst the answer isn't a straight forward 1,2,3 .....here are some tips that have helped me setting up my businesses over the last 20 years. 1) Know your WHY. Once you know this you will be passionate about your work, that passion will come across, you'll know who you are speaking to in terms of your ideal customer and you will be more focussed! 2) Have somewhere beautiful and functional that people can come and see your work and buy. Don't go so 'all out' on the style that your site is hard to navigate but try to get a balance between style and function. Then share your story and your work as you develop, bring people with you on your journey, don't wait for perfection....feck perfuction! ;-) 3) Get creative! Building a business is can be tough....I'm not going to bullshit you. If you are the type of person who gets put off by a 'failure' then it might not be for you. Business is a constant process of trial and error....some things work, some don't and we just have to keep going. However have a plan on what your future looks like and exactly how you are going to get there. If there's no plan, things get chaotic and we get burnt out. Most of all, love every minute of the journey! It really is beautiful if we savour it 💕
A close up section of one of the paintings in the HOME collection, coming soon. That feeling of safety, happiness, bliss, comfort.... Loving making this collection, it's really feeding my soul ❤️
Embracing change at the moment and trying to go with the flow..... So strange how our brain tries to protect us from things that are 'new' and wants to drag us back to the safety of the 'old' and what it knows. Funny old world I'm making and selling more art than I could have thought possible just a few years ago, but the imposter syndrome well and truly kicks in when you least need it! So this weeks practice is to give fear and self-doubt a great big kick up the arse! 🤣
What a gorgeous day it is outside!! It's barely ever sunny like this on a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK 🤩 This week I've been working more on the 'HOME' collection (pictured) and it's coming along really well. Over the last 2years I have been without a studio space and had limited head/emotional space with moving house/renovating, settling both my boys into new school/uni, and also building and launching the Passion into Profit programme. This has meant rather than creating collections, most of what I've been doing have been ad-hoc one off pieces or small groups. Now all of those huge life changes are settled and PIP is doing great, it's been a perfect time to start a full collection and I can't tell you how much I'm loving it and what I'm learning. One of the biggest things is bravery. Normally, if it's just one painting, if I think it's almost there I'll stop in case I 'ruin' it. But when working in a full series/collection it makes you a little braver because you think 'well if I ruin this one, I have 7 more'. That is so freeing and what I've discovered is, when I've gone back in and pushed it further it's become SO much better! If I'd have stopped I'd never have found that out. So lovely peeps, have an incredible Sunday and seeing as though I'm feeling all happy and full of the joys of Spring....here's a huge virtual hug from me 🤗 😂 PS The collection should be ready in around 3-4 weeks and 3 of the pieces have already sold! 👏🏻 There will be around 12 pieces in total, some small, some large.