An action packed week has gone with news of representation by Blue Period, a show to celebrate one year of life for the Gallery Beyond (Friday 28th October) and interest from Worcester, Garstang and Bedale galleries.
So how to keep this momentum going? It's exhausting and time comsuming and pretty soon I'll be packing away the brushes to spend time with a new baby.
This is the part of an artist's life that is almost impossible to fathom, the nitty gritty bit of getting a name, producing works that are of a similar quality to others but with that little nuance or trick that catches the gallery owner's eye. I've been selling at a reasonable pace for the last couple of years but found a barrier to getting accepted. It's a great feeling when that barrier begins to dissolve. But I guess this is the part where we become like a Michelin starred chef, striving to maintain that status, whilst also considering the clients, after all they are the ones that give us our living!
It's harder than the first part but also more rewarding, if only there was a career path mapped out or a guide book! Now there's an idea...
A week today will see one year of life for the fabulous Gallery Beyond, Nunnington, North Yorkshire.
I am so pleased to be working closely with Kevin Bradshaw along with some other great artists. Next Friday will see the anniversary celebrated with a show of the current artist including Liz Churton, Sue Slack and myself. It will be two centred at the Gallery Beyond and the Royal Oak also in Nunnington. If you're in the area please pop in to see Liz, Sue, Kevin or myself! More information later in the week.
So after considerable nagging from 'he who shan't be mentioned' I ventured out into the cold dank pit of a studio.
And I am so pleased I did!
Two pictures that had been nagging me completed bar those pesky finishing touches and another almost there. With a road trip around the corner, another visit to York tomorrow and 34 weeks pregnant that's about it I think. Might try and sneak in a couple more.
The aforementioned promises to photograph and upload images of the new pictures as soon as they are dry enough and we get good light. Hope you enjoy them.
And finally we're all really looking forward to the Bristol visit to deliver another canvas to a paying client and party with friends, how lucky are we that they are one and the same?
Hopefully I've made some improvements to the website this week. I've upgraded the images and included some additional pictures.
Many of these have now sold and I'm coming to the point where production is beginning to slow, 34 weeks pregnant and all that.
My tutored classes are going well, enrolment rising and requests for Spring time restarts after I've managed to lurch back to work.
All in all, I'm loving my life as an artist.
Half term suddenly looks interesting. One minute nothing doing and now a full diary. Trips to here there and Bristol. So looking forward to our trip there to see friends and deliver a canvas.
Things looking up for studio space from next year and other discussions are proceeding nicely!
All in all, life is pretty good.
Oh and the OH has uploaded new bigger images to the North Yorkshire album. I hope you like them!
It's sold but there are more available, new photos of two pictures available from Gallery Beyond in Nunnington.
Exciting times ahead, 6 weeks to go before number two baby arrives and lots of interest in my work.
Thank you all for your support!
Nothing much happening on the creative front this week, just one painting close to being finished but it's been a hell of a week really!
Thursday was pretty much an all day job up at York Hospital with my lovely new consultant and her team. At 33 weeks pregnant I've been diagnosed with gestational diabetes for this and my previous pregnancy. Well at least they caught it this time!
So a new diet, plenty of exercise and hopefully seemless to the end. There is talk of inducing at 39 weeks but lets hope baby number two comes without that!
On another subject the other half and I tripped out for lunch to 'celebrate' our fourth anniversary as well. mmm, I say celebrate, the intention was there on both our parts, just a shame the chaps at that posh fish restaurant chain, no not Harry Ramsden or Harpers of Wetwang didn't oblige us. Well, the OH was happy with his thai curry monkfish and tiger prawn but I was subjected to a poor rendition of fish and chips. Soggy chips, thick soggy batter and flavourless fish. Not going back there again soon...
Today has mainly been cleaning the house, which had started to resemble a war zone but tomorrow I promise to do some real work!
Right off for glorious roasted veg and chorizo with orzo and green bean risotto, hope it's good for me...
It's been a long time coming but today, at last, the OH sat himself down and began to write his first work. He says he managed 2200 words before he had to pack up and go to collect our daughter from school.
This is the man who urges me out into the cold, dank studio to create my works for several hours per day. Don't get me wrong I need that motivation. I'm rubbish unless given the 'gentle' reminders of my commitment to paint for a living.
But it's a little galling, given he's been 'thinking' about doing it for such a long time. I feel his pain too, suffering from pain daily is no joke I guess, so should I cut him some slack or give him a crack?
I hear you I hear you, out with the whip...