Thinking things through...

Monday, 14 November 2016

 Title: 'An Idea Grows' 
(Which I thought was pretty perfect for a post about thinking things through)

Carol - *plonks bum next to Blog* 'So how's it going?'
Blog - *grumbles* 'I still can't beat the bad guy!'
Carol - 'Patience. You'll get there'
Blog - 'Yeah.' *pauses game* 'So how you doing?'
Carol - 'Och not too bad'
Blog - 'You hear anything back from the Gallery?'
Carol - 'Not yet. But that doesn't necessarily mean that they are not interested.'
Blog - 'But it's been two weeks'
Carol - 'Yeah but I think it's vitally important to remember that whilst your e-mail is a big deal for you it's probably not the galleries first priority. Yes, it can be frustrating to send something off all full of hope and then not hear anything back immediately but you have no idea how many e-mails they get from artists asking if they would be interested in stocking their items! You have to be patient. There could be a whole host of reasons that they have not got back to you yet and sending a snotty e-mail will not help your cause! It could be that they have not got back to you cause they are busy, it could be cause they only look at new submissions once a month or it could be that your submitted pieces might not work with what is in the space now but will be perfect for something later and they will get back to you then. My point is that you don't know what's going on in their world so how you deal with the owner/staff at this point can be the difference between working with them in the future or being labelled a stroppy cow.'
Blog - 'But you're always a stroppy cow!' *laughs*
Carol - 'I don't know WHAT you're talking about!' *flicks hair*....*winks* 'But it is true that people will go out of their way to work with people they like so artists need to be patient and respectful.'
Blog - 'Patient AND respectful? Just as well I'm not an artist! I would NEVER manage that!'
Carol - *looks at Blog* 'No. You really wouldn't would you!'

Things no-one tells you...

Monday, 31 October 2016

Carol - *pop's head round the door* 'Hey you'
Blog - *is engrossed in a computer game* 'Ssssshhh...I'm trying to defeat the bad guy'
Carol - *sits down and watches Blog getting his backside handed to him on a plate* 'You're not very good at this are you?'
Blog - 'Just...one...more... hit...' *screen goes wobbly* 'Damn.'
Carol - 'How long have you been attempting to beat the bad guy and free the damsel in distress?'
Blog - *blushes* 'Since the last time you were here?'
Carol - 'You need to get a new hobby...one that you're actually good at!' *laughs*
Blog - 'I will not be defeated!' *Stands up and waves rolling pin in the air*
Carol - 'You still have the rolling pin? And why are you still wearing that flowery pinny?'
Blog - *looks down and smooths his pinny* 'I did tell you it was growing on me'
Carol - 'Well, at least you got rid of the rollers'
Blog - 'Yeah. They were a bugger to sleep in!'
Carol - *laughs*
Blog - 'So how you doing?'
Carol - 'Yeah not too bad. I've just sent an e-mail off to a gallery with some samples of my work'
Blog - 'That's cool'
Carol - 'Yeah, and nerve wracking! No-one tells you about that bit! You carefully select what you're going to send over, you try and think about what information they are going to need from you, you write a chatty but not overly familiar e-mail and then you hit send. And then, despite the fact that you know they are not going to get straight back to you, you click refresh on your inbox about a zillion times in two minutes' *sigh*
Blog - 'Step away from the computer'
Carol - 'If I did that then I wouldn't be here chatting to you!'
Blog - 'I know. And then I could get on with the task of slaying the bad guy' *winks* 'Go have some gin'
Carol - 'That is a mighty fine idea! But before I go I'll just share a couple of the pieces I sent over'
Blog - *is already back to getting his backside handed to him on a plate*

Title: 'Thinking'

Title: 'Scream 2'

Title: 'Dining Room Chair 2'


New Product Launch - My Family Home

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Blog - 'DRUM ROLL PLEASE' *bangs on a big drum*
Carol - 'THAT'S NOT REALLY....'
Blog - *stops drumming* 'What?'
Carol - 'I was just saying that that's not quite how it's supposed to sound'
Blog - 'I have a drum and I'm drumming. What more do you want?' *rolls eyes* 'DRUM ROLL PLEASE' *bangs on the drum again* 'LADIES AND GENTLEMEN I GIVE YOU...' *bangs on the drum a bit more*
Carol - 'GET ON WITH IT'
Blog - 'YOUR VERY OWN FAMILY HOME FEATURING PHOTOGRAPHS OF YOUR FAMILY' *stops drumming*
Carol - 'You think I should explain that a bit more?'
Blog - 'Yeah. That's probably a good idea. Want me to hit the drum again?' *looks hopeful*
Carol - 'Erm, no. You're ok'
Blog - 'Awww' *pouts*
Carol - 'So you can now order your very own family home featuring treasured photo's of your family. I have already created a few so rather than waffle on...'
Blog - 'That's not like you'
Carol - *ignores Blog* 'so rather than waffle on I shall show you. Here are some examples along with what the recipients said about them.'

The Pratt Family:

'What I love most about the family home is that it captures the essence of our family in a much more personal way than an ordinary family tree would. And coupled with Carols excellent art style its just a perfect addition to our home' - Anna Pratt


The Beattie Family:

'It was a beautiful trip down memory lane choosing some photos of us all for Carol to make into our Family Home. And such an emotional moment seeing us all together in our house in the final piece.' - Kaz Beattie


The Worswick Family:

'Arrived today and it is just perfect. A fun picture of my quirky little family. I just sent my photos and left Carol to make the magic happen' - Gayle Worswick 


ORDERING INFO:
PRICE: £30 each (around $40) 
SIZE: A4 (8.27 × 11.69 inches) 
(Larger ones can be ordered please contact me for details)

I also offer a complete personalised package where I create a line drawing of your actual home based on photographs that you send me. It would be an additional £20.


If you would like to place an order please click on the 'Contact' tab above. 

August? Already? How did that happen?

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Carol - *opens door to find Blog standing there with his hair in curlers, wearing a flowery pinny and holding a rolling pin which he's waving about in a vaguely threatening manner*
Blog - 'And where do you think YOU'VE been!? Eh. Out all hours, with god knows who, doing god know what! Eh! EH!' *laughs* 'I've been waiting AGES to do that!'
Carol - *laughs* 'You look hilarious! Where on earth did you find that pinny?'
Blog - 'I have my sources' *taps nose knowingly*
Carol - 'Let me guess. If you told me you'd have to kill me'
Blog - 'Exactly!' *laughs* 'How the devil are you?'
Carol - 'I'm good! Been stupidly busy but it's been a good busy'
Blog - 'So what's been keeping you away from my most excellent company?'
Carol - 'Well, I finished the first quarter of the graphic novel'
Blog - 'WOO HOO!!'
Carol - 'I know!' *beams* 'And I have had another exhibition, dropped prints off at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, had a fabulous break up in Scotland with my friend Kristin from Kristin Rawcliffe Artist...
Blog - 'You went on holiday without me?' *shocked face*
Carol - *looks at Blog* 'You know you can't be trusted out in public...just look what happened last time!'
Blog - 'You know I was only borrowing that cow...I was going to take it back. And it wasn't my fault I ended up stranded in the middle of no-where with no shoes or socks...'
Carol - 'Yeah, yeah, yeah!'
Blog - *pouts*
Carol - 'Anyway, I had a lovely time with Kristin in Scotland. We met up with Alison from Pzaz, Ginny from Ginny B, Kaz from The Magic Peacock and Katie from Katie Cooper Art. It was a giddy social whirl'
Blog - *tries to push lips out to an even bigger pout*
Carol - 'You are starting to look constipated!'
Blog - *laughs*
Carol - 'Then my Mum came to stay for a week and we did an abstract painting course together, then lovely husband and I went to WOMAD and then yesterday it was my birthday'
Blog - 'Blimey. You have been busy!'
Carol - 'So do you forgive me for making you wait so long to confront me in that ridiculous outfit?'
Blog - 'Yeah. But only cause it was your birthday yesterday and I'm being nice! Consider it your birthday present'
Carol - *laughs* 'Ok. I will' *pauses* 'Are you not going to go and get changed?'
Blog - 'Naaa. This look is starting to grow on me'
Carol - *Looks at Blog*
Blog - 'What?'
Carol - *shakes head despairingly*

Abstract 1 - 'Exploring The Spaces'

Abstract 2 - 'Cloud Burst'

Abstract 3 - 'Awww, Petal'

Abstract 4 - Not finished yet! (Ran out of time!)

Arty Goings On

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Carol - 'I can't stop long. I just popped in to say hello'
Blog - *looks at Carol* 'Have you not been here in a while? I didn't notice. I've been playing Skyrim...'
Carol - 'Oh I love Skyrim'
Blog - 'Did you know that you can create zombie chickens?'
Carol - *laughs* 'You can create zombie chickens?'
Blog - 'Yeah. They don't last long but they are entertaining'
Carol - 'When we lived in Thailand our Thai friend, Moon, couldn't pronounce the word zombie' *laughs* 'She called them sobeeps...which is now what we call them.'
Blog - 'I created a sobeep chicken!' *laughs* 'Actually, if you said it the other way round, chicken sobeep, you could market it as an exciting new chicken dish'
Carol - 'Chicken in a zombie sauce...hmmm...sounds delicious' *laughs*
Blog - 'Yeah. It's making my stomach rumble' *is laughing too*
Carol - 'Anyway, I thought you might like to see what I've been working on. This is one of the commissioned pieces I've not long finished. It's a Tree Of Life which celebrates 50 years of marriage...'


Blog - 'I knew you did these but this is the first one I've seen. I love the fact that it's completely personal!'
Carol - 'Yeah. One of my clients said it was like having a portrait of her life on the wall. I rather liked that description!'
Blog - 'So what else have you been working on? You've called this post Arty Goings On so I'm guessing you have more than one thing to show me?'
Carol - 'Yup, two different logos! This one is for a client who is launching a new business creating kids clothing and toys called Happy Face....
and this one is for a client who's starting up their own counselling practice'


Blog - 'I really like them both. They are quite different aren't they'
Carol - 'It's good to be versatile I think. Oh, and I have one other bit of exciting news....'
Blog - 'Well go on then...don't keep me in suspenders...'
Carol - *laughs* 'One of my illustrations is being used in a film'
Blog - 'What? An actual film? With real actors and everything?'
Carol - 'Yup! It's an actual film...with real actors and everything! I don't know much about it...it's an Indie film set in New York and it's got something to do with cyborgs! The main character is going to be pretending to actually draw one of my illustrations'
Blog - 'That is very very cool. Which one?'
Carol - 'This one'


Blog - 'You'll have to let me know what happens with that!'
Carol - 'I will.' *pauses* 'Right, I am off to work on the next page of the graphic novel. I'll leave you to your sobeep chickens'

*Blog is no longer listening as he makes his Skyrim character go running off down a hillside chasing a chicken*

Carol - *rolls eyes*

Take a seat...

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Blog - 'What up doe?' *sniggers*
Carol - 'Eh?'
Blog - 'I'm trying to boost my street cred. This is how they say 'What's up?' in Detroit' *does funny hand gesture*
Carol - *looks at blog in a slightly horrified manner* 'What the hell was that?'
Blog - 'That was me being 'Street''
Carol - *falls off chair laughing*
Blog - 'Maybe I need a bit more practice?'
Carol - *snorts*
Blog - 'Meh' *pauses* 'So how are you anyway?'
Carol - *wipes tears of laughter from her eyes* 'I'm good. Been very busy designing a logo, three clothing labels and a business card for a start up company and working on a Tree of Life commission for a 50th wedding anniversary'
Blog - 'Cool. Good to hear you're busy'
Carol - 'I've still got the graphic novel and a huge list of commissions to get through but I would much rather be busy than bored! Anyway, I realised that I hadn't seen you in a few days so thought I would pop in and show you the oil painting that I started when I was on my course since I hadn't got round to doing that'
Blog - 'Oh yeah, I had forgotten all about it. Have you finished?'
Carol - 'Ha! No. It's not even close to being finished but I thought you might like to see what I've done so far.'


Blog - 'Well that's a bit different for you isn't it! It looks quite big.'
Carol - 'It's the largest canvass I've ever worked on! It's 80cm by 80cm' *whispers* 'And I might be a bit intimidated by it! But at least it's not the 100cm by 100cm that Caroline was trying to persuade me to paint!'
Blog - 'Blimey'
Carol - *looks at Blog* 'See, you will never be 'Street' when you say things like 'blimey'' *laughs*
Blog - *Ignores Carol* 'I'm really liking the chair on the left'
Carol - 'I am ridiculously pleased with how that has turned out. I'm not sold on the orange chair...I think that still needs quite a bit of work and I'm not really sure where I'm going with it...but I'm really pleased with the chair on the left. It's loosely based on this illustration...'


'... I told Caroline that I really wanted to figure out a way of turning my drawings into paintings so this was my starting point.'
Blog - 'I'm liking it!'
Carol - 'I've still got to add another layer of white behind the wonky chair's chains..'
Blog - *laughs* 'Wonky Chair? Is that the technical term?'
Carol - 'Absolutely!' *grins* '...and then I'm going to tackle the orange chair. I think I'm going to change the shape of it and maybe try the wet on wet technique I learned on my oil course in January. I want it to look more like a painting in a frame....I think'
Blog - 'Wet on Wet technique that you learned in January? I don't think we'd started our journey together at that point'
Carol - 'No. I don't think we had.' *goes and checks* 'No, we definitely hadn't. I went on a wet on wet oil painting class in January which was run by the same artist that I did the figures in collage course with. You paint wet on top of wet so you get interesting marks and colour blends. I did these...'



Blog - 'Yeah, that might be worth trying'
Carol - 'I think so. And if it all goes horribly wrong I'll just wait for it to dry and then I'll paint over it!'
Blog - 'Or you could tonk it off' *winks*
Carol - *looks at Blog* 'I was hoping you had forgotten about that!'
Blog - 'Never!' *beams*

I am a Tonker!

Friday, 6 May 2016

Blog - 'You're a what now?'
Carol - 'A Tonker'
Blog - 'You do know that sounds rude don't you?' *pauses* 'So go on then, what's a Tonker?... If you don't tell me soon I'm going to start making up my own definitions...'
Carol - 'I don't think ANYONE wants to hear those!' *laughs* 'Tonking is a technique where you put oil paint onto a canvas and then rub it off leaving only the pigment. It is named after Sir Arthur Tonks who discovered the technique and it means that you can paint over an area of colour without picking up any of the underneath ones. Given how slowly oil paint drys? That is incredibly useful!'
Blog - 'Yup, I can see how that would be helpful. If you have yellow in your sunset and you want to add blue to create clouds you don't want them ending up green!'
Carol - 'Exactly! And if you make a mistake you can just Tonk off the paint' *looks at Blog* 'Stop sniggering'
Blog - 'I can't help it!'
Carol - *rolls eyes* 'We were asked to create a forest landscape and the background was created using the Tonking technique. I Tonked therefore I am a Tonker' *laughs*
Blog - 'You're not funny you know!'
Carol - *looks at Blog* 'You can be really miserable sometimes'
Blog - 'It's part of my charm!'
Carol - 'You keep telling yourself that!'
Blog - 'Oh I don't need to tell myself...I know!' *winks at Carol*
Carol - 'Moving swiftly on....' *grins* 'Here is my first ever attempt at Tonking'


Carol - 'It's also my first ever attempt at trees using oils and at using a pallet knife!'
Blog - 'I rather like the Tonking effect'
Carol - 'I did too...once I stopped rubbing ALL the paint off! It's actually not as easy to do as it sounds'
Blog - 'What's the brown bit?'
Carol - 'That would be where I ran out of time and didn't get it finished'
Blog - 'That's the best bit!' *laughs*
Carol - *looks at Blog and seriously considers beating him about the head with her paintbrush*
Blog - 'So what else did you do on your course? I'm assuming this is the stuff you did on your course?'
Carol - 'Yes it is. Honestly, I learned sooo much over the two days it's going to take a while to process it all! The Tonking pic was actually the second one we worked on. The first was a seascape using a technique called 'From the darkness into the light'. We painted a very dark sky, added quite thick white paint to create clouds and then used a clean brush to kind of take it back off again. I don't really know how else to describe it! It was very counterintuitive...well, for me anyway...but I was really pleased with how they turned out. Again, it was about learning the technique rather than producing a completed painting so it's not finished. I'm going to attempt to do more work on it later today...hopefully I won't ruin it in the process!'
Blog - 'You can always Tonk off the paint if you don't like it!' *beams at Carol* 'That will NEVER get old'

Blog - 'They actually look like clouds!'
Carol - 'You don't have to sound quite so surprised you know' *laughs*
Blog - 'Have you ever painted clouds before?'
Carol - 'Nope. I've illustrated clouds but never painted them'
Blog - 'Let's see the illustration?'


Blog - 'Yeah...that really couldn't be more different could it!'
Carol - *laughs* 'Nope'.
Blog - 'So did you do anything else?'
Carol - 'Yeah, on day one we did one last painting. We mixed one colour of paint to create a light, medium and dark tone and then had to blend them keeping the different tones but showing no brush strokes. We started by painting a flower with MASSIVE petals and then had to do the blending thing on each one. I kinda lost the will to live half way through it...our tutor Caroline did warn us we would...boy was she right!'
Blog - 'Can I see it?'
Carol - 'It got smudged in the car on the way home'
Blog - 'That's a shame'
Carol - 'I'm not heartbroken about it...I'm going to wait till it's dry and paint over it!'
Blog - 'Hang on...you did three paintings and we're only on day 1 of your course?'
Carol - 'Yup. I'll tell you all about day two later. I'm off to get a coffee...want one?'
Blog - 'Ooooh yes please!'
 
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