I’ve been spending a lot of time in the garden lately. I have to say it’s a wonderful way to keep the daily 9-5 stress at bay. I’ve started a vegetable garden, this is my second year. I am fighting with the darn squirrel that lives in back yard and walking heavy footed to scare of the snake I found ewww! But it’s doing well.
I have been growing lots of flowers from seed too. I’ve never been one for clean organized beds. I sort of like the willy nilly placement, more like the English country garden, that has flowers everywhere.
Today I found a broken Tiffany lamp and old milk can (the big ones) spray painted can put lamp upside down ontop and planted it. I quite like it. I’ve put a solar lamp in it to illuminate the front step. It sits under the honeysuckle. Oliver (our cat) loves the honeysuckle because of the hummngbirds that buzz around.
I do need to get back to art, maybe plein air painting in my garden 🙂
it was a very long winter this year. The kind that never ends, the kind where you close down and shut yourself in doors waiting for it all to end, I didn’t get much done including writing.
Spring hit and everyone started buzzing around then all of a sudden I looked at a calendar and it’s almost July oops nothing written still. Where did my time go.
It has been spent outside as much as possible to make up for lost time with that winter. We started a ‘urban’ veggie garden this year. My daughter and I built beds. Cabbage, toms, tatties, peas not to mention the watermelon, blackberries, strawberries and the orange tree and kiwi. Poor kiwi though, it’s a girl and apparently they need a boy for fruit.
I’ve done a lot of crochet too, have a baby blanket started as well as a cardigan, large blanket, summer top and baby booties. As I said long winter and there are a lot of babies coming lol! I tried to get some sketching in mostly at work on stickies. Did start a rough sketch of oldest.
I also joined the Oatley Academy #OALive. Looking forward to working on a real project and moving my dream forward. The older I get the less patience I have in slowly moving toward my dream of freelance, you would think we would have more patience as we age.
Well that’s the quick review of my time after winter. Lots of stuff going so lots of things I can write about. Updates on the fruits and veggies, and I’ll tell you about my personal project soon.
Oops I’ve been neglecting everything lately. My oldest pushes me if I’m lazy but she has just moved out, which makes me very sad and very happy. This left her room all empty and lonely, what to do, what to do? A Studio!
My way of coping was to have a massive clean out. I did say massive right! I have systematically gone through my whole house. If I haven’t used it in a few months then I must not need it. Of course I don’t think I have been as aggressive as I could have or should have been. I still have a few small areas but wore myself out over the past couple of weeks.
Now for her room. I have been doing my digital art on my lap on the settee and my pastels on a makeshift table in kitchen, (when not procrastinating) yes I know eeww. Just a tad hazardous but we don’t actually use the kitchen except as a walk through to the other rooms. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. One more thing on my to do agenda, have an eat in kitchen.
Took awhile but I now have everything art and almost everything craft in her space. Wow! Is this a small room no wonder she moved lol! I’ve done some organizing but it does need much more. I have a window that overlooks the river that runs in the backyard. The noise from water is relaxing. Lots of light and good feeling, inspiration hanging on walls. As you can see it’s a work in progress.
Since completing this big shake up I have one excuse after another to not turn on the laptop or climb the stairs to the studio. Even my knitting is sitting staring at me and that’s on the settee.
Got to get bum in gear, can’t be a full time artist, designer if the bum is firmly planted on the settee.
I often get asked what does Suisiadh 3Gaels mean and where did I get the name for my studio.
It was a long process and I’ve had many names over the years, it’s one of those things that takes forever or at least it did me, but that could be because each time I started up my freelance design and art I would give it up for the day job dollars being a single parent that came first, so with each restart came a new name iteration. How about you, have you needed to come up with a name and just struggled with it?
Sooo…….now you’re asking where does the name come in? I am a Scot, well half, I was born in London and my mum was from Motherwell Scotland. So after I tried lot’s of versions of 3 something’s, which didnt really work, I went with something to do with England or Scotland and finally it hit me; 3 Girls from Gaelic decent 3Gaels – I like word play. There it was the name, but once again life bellowed and my children didnt seem interested in working with their mother 🙂 so I put it aside.
Then came the cancer it changes how you think, yes kids come first but so does doing what makes you happy, yes i’m going for it again, I really want to be succesful in my art, I can hear it now ‘not another name change’ this time I just used my first name and used the Gaelic spelling Suisiadh, I was happy with it. So this is what I have been using for awhile now, its how I sign all my art work. Funny thing, no one can pronounce it, kids thought it might cause an issue with marketing. So I added the 3Gaels back because in all honesty I cant pronounce it either, maybe when I was younger and family spoke the odd gaelic at home, alas no longer.
The name is now Susan’s 3 Girls……Suisiadh 3Gaels! This one is the winner and thats whats in a name.
Last year my sister got a new horse, Nell. She is huge they have other Belgian draft horses but none are quite this big. I headed over for a visit and took some great photographs. But I took this one close up of her face, just one eye and piece of face I just love it. It’s been sitting in my ‘studio’ (bedroom) for awhile now, I really wanted to paint this it was such a great shot.
This weekend I moved my work area out of my bedroom to the kitchen. I got everything nicely set in front of the window, I feel more comfortable in this spot and I am close to everyone instead of far far away. The kids were gone and I had bought my very first piece of sanded pastel paper. Perfect time to paint.
I have never tried this sanded pastel paper before I had read an article on it and really wanted to test it. It was just like the fine sandpaper you get from the hardware store. The paper was a nice reddish colour and so is Nell…..perfect. Laying down the base colours was great this paper blends beautifully and takes far more punishment than regular paper.
I put a few layers of colour down building slowly. Once I was happy with it I started on the details, adding a bit at a time. I used both the soft pastel sticks and the harder pastel pencils which give me a finer detail for the smaller areas. The sanded paper does wear down your pastels quicker but I can put several layers down where as I cannot on regular paper.
It’s been a long cold snowy winter here in the northeast. But yesterday and today the sun shone brightly and the temps were above 40.
I do quite well when the sun shines. After months of being sick acute asthmatic bronchitis. I was feeling very energetic and decidedly creative. I decided to take on a much larger painting.
The living room.
Of course the fact they drilled holes in every wall and did a so so job spackling also pushed me to paint. I just couldn’t stand the white uneven blotches every where.
I started around 9am I moved all the furniture from one wall at a time. Using sand paper I started on each wall wiped them down, and swept the floor, there went my breathing again. With trusty angled brush in hand I gave the walls a quick brush for dust then painted all the edges, then I rolled the walls with touch ups here and there.
Figured while I was at it I would spring clean and move all the furniture. I finished the entire room by around 7:30 pm. Where I collapsed on the chair cuppa tea in hand. The colour is bright and cheery, well I think it is and it’s a lovely backdrop to the pastel I did (my version of a Mary Cassatt). Could be a touch too much for some. But I am finding it calming and I feel inspired to paint on a canvas now.
It’s now 2 days later, I don’t think there is a muscle in my body that isn’t screaming – what were you thinking spring clean, move furniture, sand and paint all in one day………
I realized this morning that summer and fall have gone and we are coming into winter, where did the time go. Time just flies by, what is it that we really do with our time.
I have been working both a FT & PT job for years now, this cuts into creative time. So I bit bullet and quit the PT, yes panic attacks have insued over where the money is coming from to keep afloat, but I am determined. I am giving myself one year to get my Facebook fan page and blog moving, not to mention all the other plans I have for creating & selling my art.
Earlier in the summer I stole a portion of my bedroom for the ‘studio’ which was hard to do as I wanted that clutter free relax zone. So I now have this area that is set up for me to work, all my supplies some inspirational art from artists I enjoy & all infront of a window for light in preparation for my year. Poor space, its been sitting alone since I created it, whoosh….there goes that time flying by again!
I have always wanted to try and build a freelance business and sell both traditional and digital art. So I thought join some of those sites where you can sell your art, why not! I have only joined one as I wanted to see how it all works, I went for RedBubble. My first foray was well, less than great. The design was solid but on a Tshirt haha, just didnt look right…..back to the drawing board, or is that digital board. All my time has been on the computer creating digital work and uploading for sale. Which would be great if I sold anything. Whoosh!
Time has flown by and now its almost the end of this year, leaving me 10 Months. I have to be more conscious of what I am doing, create a daily to do, dedicate each evening to one thing. Monday-Blog, Tuesday-? and so on….whoosh whoosh, darn I just lost another 20 minutes staring at the TV.
Wow, well this took a little longer than I thought. My kitchen overhaul on $100. The weather didn’t wish to co-operate either. If it wasn’t 90′ it was 40′ and raining.
Well it’s done. Okay so not completely. The walls all need a second coat of paint. A few little touches here and there. Oh, and one last chair to do.
I got the counter top all done, cabinets done and a small tile piece under table like a rug just to brighten the room a bit.
I used the old cabinet I had as a shoe and mail holder. I painted it white and flipped it on its side. Each shelf section now makes a great spot for our bags and shoes. I then used the doors from the unit and put them in sideways about 6inches down to make a shelf. Bought cheap baskets for mail.
The old brown chairs with mis-matched seats I have spray painted yellow and white recovering the seat in a blue material. An old curtain to save on money.
My back splash was the faux tin tiles. I have painted them white and a dark blue in each square with a metallic finish so it looks like blue glass tiles.
That’s about it. I rent and also on tight budget so didn’t want to spend much. It’s not perfect but it works.
So I have had a small block. The plan was to do a sketch a week and do the blog. Unfortunately I just keep staring at the page. So I turned my mind to something else. I built my little studio, this worked well to take my mind off stuff and still manage to be creative.
So still blocked.
So I have turned to the kitchen. I had done a special paint technique to make it look like old Tuscan type walls. I bought an old table it’s about 80 yrs old and found some old dark wood chairs. But it’s change time and hoping it helps with block.
The plan, redo kitchen for $100. So first up paint all my walls a bright white. I plan on painting the chairs a bright yellow. I have bought some cheap floor tile that I will use for counter top and varnish. I have the fake embossed tin as back splash which I will paint the same bright white then paint the square portion a glossy blue giving impression of 4×4 ceramic tile with white grout. Last piece is cheap lino for the floor.
As soon as I am done I will post photos. That is if it ever stops raining long enough to go out and spray paint chairs.
Then hopefully an idea will spark for some art work.
The weather has finally turned. I do so enjoy sunshine and fresh breezes. With the sun my energy level starts to rise and I feel the urge to ‘do’. Among the usual clean the yard and start the garden I wanted to set up a small area for a studio.
Took a long time to move everything around in my bedroom. This was the room I chose, it’s small place and there was no where else to put it. I like a clutter less room, but how to achieve studio and keep a calm clean room.
I took a space near the window for natural light. I had an old bakers shelf unit, added some pots and baskets on the shelves for pencils etc.
next I took a piece of clear plexiglass and I can set it at angle for working and best part I can get a light under it to use as a light table.
It’s a small spot, but I love it and its my own little studio.
Now to create……