Well I've gotten myself well and truly up to my eyeballs in work now! I've signed up to two on-line courses which run at the same time - eeek. There defiantly won't be much housework done here this week!
The first is too much fun - Faces 101 - yup I'll draw 101 faces in a week! 16 done already and it's just day one.
I love the exercises Carla gets us to do - lots of freeing up, playing with materials, shapes and letting go of what we think a face should look like. Super excited about whats in store next!
The other class relates to my textile background is fun, intense packed with sooo much information and fabulousness it's taken me a while to get started properly - I'm way behind the rest of my group but will be working my mac to the limits this week to catch up! Its the art and business of surface pattern design and is ran by the talented and generous Rachael Taylor
I have been working on my first collection called 'the dreamer' based on this painting and had so much fun - I'd forgotten how carried away I get when I'm designing - utter bliss.
I shared a booth at Bloom 2012 with my two sisters. Clare make stunning glass lovelies along with a range of sassy magnets, mirrors and cards. Geraldine makes her own preserves, jams and chutneys from all her own home grown produce using her aga and my granny's old recopies. YUM!
It's such a great show with a friendly and loving crowd. This was our second year and it was great to see familiar faces calling in for more of our products.
I also had a solo exhibition as part of Carlow Arts Festival Éigse 2012 which went so great - I sold over half my paintings and was met with so much positive love ohhs and ahhs I nearly couldn't take it! It's always nerve wracking to do a solo show so thank you to all who came, saw, loved, laughed and bought.
I didn't take enough pictures (as always!) so I just have one from my phone
I have plans to put my remaining paintings up for sale in the coming weeks and I will be informing my newsletter subscribers first so if you'd like to get the heads up so sign up here!
In other very exciting developments we woke up a couple of weeks ago to 4 brand new kittens!! Mama Dinny (who is a kitten herself!) is doing a great job minding her babies, while we're doing our best to keep our little one at a safe distance!
***update on my days productivity! Didn't get through as much as i'd hoped! Got to order the mounts, work into another picture I have on the go, finished the owl pictured above (hope I didn't ruin him!) updated my facebook page and did lots of filing on my computer (I may actually find stuff now!) All and all not a bad day - going to enjoy a glass of vino now :-) Happy Friday x****
finally enlisted help and gotten my studio space cleared up, organized
and in order. The relief is palpable! I honestly didn't realize how bad
it was until I got it fixed and I am in love!
makes me wonder 'why didn't I do this ages ago!' It's amazing the
difference some shelving, storage and organization makes - I'm totally
in love with it and have found myself just sitting here and admiring my
space, something I could never have done a couple of weeks back. I now
know where everything 'lives' can see all my supplies and have space for
painting, sewing, production and a desk for admin. Amazing!!! I think
it's for keeps :-)
The pressure was on to get it order for a video shoot I did.
Lots of preparation is happening in the garden and the studio in anticipation of a funfilled and exciting summer!
I always get so excited at this time of year, dreaming of harvesting all that we invest into ourselves, the land, our work. It seems that it all rests on the work which is done in spring and we must trust that we've done enough to reap a reward during the summer. Himself has done a power of work in our pollytunnel, preparing the soil, planting the seeds and tending to the seedlings.
I feel it's the same in the studio - a flickering of an idea is prepared, planted and tended to in order for it to grow into a piece. We trust the sun will shine enough to allow our ideas grow, we help with nourishing ideas and putting in the work but it's such an organic process ANYTHING can happen!
It's so exciting! I can't wait to see what's going to happen next :-)
Carlow's annual arts festival, (Éigse) is coming up and it's theme is 'civilizing the wilderness' - LOVE this theme, it's so rich and opens my mind up to a whole plethora of ideas and directions.
I cannot wait to see all the shows which will be on so if you're in the country from the 8th - 17th June 2012 do come down and have a look see!
Here's some of my newest works for my show at the Cathedral Parish Center during the festival.
So much to be done!!!
I'm sharing this post with all the great artists at Paint Party Friday - it's been an age since I participated in this - looking forward to seeing all the lovely work over there :-) x
One of my favorite things to do is mix paint. I find it meditative and calming and can throw up many surprises. I'm getting good at it at this stage and have gotten to know all of the nuances of my watercolour tin.
It was gift from an artist I painted with in Germany when I was 16. I adore that a symbol of the early nurturing of my creativity has traveled with me everywhere, been used and abused, refilled and just gives and gives. I can't remember the ladies name which is a shame but we had a glorious day painting her garden and she gifted me this precious tin. I spoke very little German and she spoke no English. It was the first time I really understood the power of visual art as a communicator and connector.
I am working on some new illustrations today. It's fun to take the paints back out!
PS Here's another great shop (Gallery Crafts, Cork) which is stocking my canvas prints and jewellery range - If you're in the cork area do be sure to check it out! Have a beautiful Day :"-)
Vintage wallpaper was free (gifted to me from an interior design shop)
Knobs were around €3 each (I picked them up in Austria when I was on a painting residency)
It\s great to finally be able to display car boot finds (vintage telephone, vintage plates) along with some fab wedding presents we hadn't been able to display before (Mosses pottery plates and bowls, Killarney crystal glasses etc)
I'm sorry I didn't take a before pic but she was a big dark ominous beast in the room! Lets just say himself was none too happy when I brought her home! But he did the majority of the hard work with her and I'm so in love!
The juggling continues but recently I've enjoyed lots of family time. Some time in the garden and lots of play time with herself. I'm enjoying the longer days, warmer (slightly!) weather, and new growth.
We have a lovely old granite wall in our garden and last year I planted some bulbs on top of it in the crevaces. Nothing came up last year - but hey presto this year we have a poppy!
Auch a heartlifting sight to see some colour and growth in the garden after the winter.
Here's our dog Rosie standing on the wall admiring the flower - or maybe just contemplating trampling it!
I don't know why I'm surprised but so much of my time is spent on non-making / non-painting endeavors! I've been doing lots of writing of proposals, business plans, cathcing up with accounts, networking that I haven't gotten to paint in a while.
My new plan is to do a plan! A realistic plan this time :-)
I'm redesigning my website!
Here's my proposed new layout. Hopefully it'll give me room to grow,
is a tad less busy than the one I've up at the mo and will be search
So now it's just a matter of getting the head down and coding it!
No rest eh?
I'm really excited to be stocked in such lovely shops as Couture, Naas and Sineads Gifts, Portarlington. Do check them out if you're in the area :-) x
we're constantly talking about the weather in Ireland so an update for you! The sun is shining here, it's still cold and frosty but so beautiful. Snowdrops are out in force, some daffodils have already bloomed, fields are ploughed ready for sewing, seeds are layed out and planning for the new year has started in earnest.
2012 so far has been good to me.
I've took a booth at Showcase, Dublin with the Creative Carlow group. This was my first wholesale show and I got great feedback on my products, made wonderful connections and some fab new shops who are going to stock my goods!
So now it's all about filling out the order book, getting suppliers to ship out stock yesterday, thinking seriously about where I want to go as an artist and a designer, product maker etc. Thinking about the logistics of actually making this work for me. How I want to grow, where I want to be. It's a very exciting time filled with sheer bliss and a healthy dose of fear!
I'm doing my best to embrace true growth and existence in the now, and the future journey it will bring me on.
This little (well she's quite tall really!) darling is available on my etsy shop - link here x
I nursed my baby, started to paint again, nested my home, established my studio, started my blog, met lots of online lovelies, worked on a product line, made lists, scrapped lists, made plans, scrapped plans, cleaned bums, wiped tears, laughed more than I can ever remember, struggled with life/work balance, tried to give up on regrets, started a journal, then abondonded it, had lots of shows, hosted a couple of parties, had lots of quiet nights in, cried, laughed, loved and dreamed.