This week I seem to have made very little progress. The painting project is coming along slowly and the writing project...well, that's coming along even more slowly. Almost at stop, really.
A family funeral, followed closely by a migraine (quite possibly very closely related) did scupper much of the week. But when I came across this on Pinterest this morning
I was reminded that things don't always go smoothly for anyone. Throwing creativity into the mix, especially as a career choice, does make life a little more difficult at times - but also infinitely more worthwhile!
I'm aiming for ten or maybe twelve painted images that I'm happy with and have given myself four weeks to come up with them. I do have ten images already, but I'm only happy with five, so the other five don't count! They're mostly seaside images, fun and bright.
The photos here are close-ups of just a portion of the full image.
They're acrylics, some of them using watercolour techniques on watercolour paper with an ink outline. I like the sketchiness of the watercolour-style ones.
I've just realised the exact same pair of flip flops is in each picture. I have never owned a red pair of flip flops!
But I have been down the bottom of the garden in my dressing gown (and wellies - just out of shot!) to feed the chickens!
I keep noticing unfinished bits in these photos - she needs a shadow under her jaw, the dressing gown sleeve needs its outline finishing. So, even the ones I thought were done need touching up!
I'll be sending these images to a greetings card publisher when I have (what I think is) a good selection. It's something I've thought about doing for a long, long while but it scares me
Just a quick (but serious) note: please have a read of this post if you haven't already. While it's about trying to raise money, anyone who donates will be entered into a draw with some super amazing prizes. The story behind the reason for the fundraising is one of the saddest you will ever hear, and it's happened to a very talented artist/designer, Gretel Parker. UK crafters are known for their community spirit - and their love of a good arty prize - so please get involved! Even if you're feeling the pinch, you can donate as little as £1 and know that it will help. If you can't donate, maybe you could help spread the word? Maybe you could do both?
Meanwhile, I'd love to see what you've been creating this week, so...