For a while now I’ve wanted my website and blog to be in same place. So finally I have done this. All the posts from here were finally moved over to the website.
I don’t know if the new posts will show for you I’m still figuring things out. So if you’d still like to follow along on the journey check it out at 3Gaels Art
Thank you everyone for all the comments and support over the past few years.
I try to keep this to art, nothing about work , because trust me, that would be depressing 😉 But that said I wanted to share this.
I’ve been struggling to make ends meet lately while trying to keep motivated about my art. Monday morning arrived and I felt this odd calm come over me as if it was all OK! I felt a new sense of hope moving forward, I just knew it would all work out.
But, then Wednesday arrived. After 9 yrs and at the ripe age of 57 I got laid off!! What! Yep, I am unemployed with no income & a single parent. Funnily enough I only panicked for 5 mins which is quite odd for me. Here’s something that says a lot about the times we live in not to mention the company I worked for. It was done by google hangout. What happened to HR and people skills.
So I did the only sane thing I could think of….I asked the universe my big questions last night aaaandd nadda ‘sigh’ But later when I walked into my room my lamp started flashing. Like a morse code from the unknown. Does this mean I should be an electrician, in lamp sales, or is it just telling me to lighten up? If it was the universe answering I think it needs to be bit less cryptic.
I’m sitting here writing this and wondering What Comes Next. For some reason I’m still not stressed, I have no direction or plan at a complete loss with bills looming and yet oddly calm. They say Life has a way of working out if you still have hope. I have hope, lots of it. So if you too find yourself in a place wondering what’s next:
- Don’t stress stay calm.
- Have faith that it all happens for a reason and it’s going to be OK.
- Stay away from the light 🙂
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.
As a rule I try to keep my posts about my art and my journey toward my own business. No personal stuff, it slips in as it must because it’s also part of the journey but I do try. But the past couple of weeks have been well, all over the emotional spectrum and I just felt a need to write it.
I decided to take a few days off from the 9-5. It’s kind of a soul sucking job for a creative and I needed to recharge. So 6 days planned with my girls wheeeee and up we go, fun, sun and sketching planned.
Two days in and weather turned so we changed plans a bit, there’s that sharp turn but hands are still in the air wheee.
Third day our cat Hanes became ill and we had to take her to the emergency vet. Ugh stomach always goes on those first dips. She’s feeling better after 2 days and comes home ‘sigh of relief’ that surprising next drop and back we rush her.
But now I’m going up and up to the big drop my daughter got me 3 new prosthetics, mine was held together with duct tape but that’s a whole other story. I’m relaxed and excited our little holiday was so much fun. The weather was great and we found a place our last day for a real English tea with scones and clotted cream…..heaven!
The view up here is great but the coaster must drop right?
Back to work, Hanes isn’t better. The decision is made and trust me when I say it wasn’t taken lightly. She’s 161/2 years old with intestinal cancer. Quality of life is gone. So we spend some time with her and hold her close while she falls to sleep. It’s obvious she knows and has said her goodbyes to us. I think the coaster just went off the tracks.
It’s been a week now and my oldest ( it was her baby ) has a lovely photo, plaster cast of her paw print and a small urn. Hanes was special and will be missed a great deal, that snotty face and the way she used her extra toes to hold things like people do, yes the tears fall every so often still but With every roller coasters down there is also an up.
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!
So yesterday I created another digital piece and uploaded, lets see how this one works. The kids think it looks good. I did it as Tshirt and iPhone case http://www.redbubble.com/people/suisiadh-3gaels/works/11045114-rainbow-skull?p=iphone-case
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.
I am still playing in the digital world. Practicing with my tablet. I really like it but the brush doesn’t really work like I feel or expect it should. Online tutorials don’t really cover it well. They are all speed tutorials, don’t know about you but at my age, nope brain doesn’t run in fast mode.
After several attempts at some mash up ideas I decided to set up a RedBubble account. I have uploaded a few things but no sales. For those that don’t know you can upload your art to RedBubble and people can buy it as iPod cases, posters, cards and t-shirts.
I have only done cards and prints till recently. So I finally uploaded my first t-shirt design, ha I was so bloody tickled. My kids kept laughing at me I was so excited. It looked great on the computer and print I made the idea was a good one.
I ordered my shirt and waited, and waited till it finally arrived. The excitement vanished in about 2 seconds flat. Wait, that can’t be my design…….can it ! It didn’t translate well to a shirt. I have some great ideas but maybe my execution is erm, lacking 😉
But on an awesome note, I learned a bit more about how this works what looks good and sizing of the images. And I wore my shirt to GraniteCon and the ‘idea’ went well. So back to laptop and tablet and rework
After all practice makes perfect.
So today’s plan, as I have 3 whole days off, yes that noise you heard was me screaming with delight! ART!
Art Art and more Art…..I decided to work digital today…..so out came the laptop and my new toy, intuos5 (must come up with a good name for it) and of course the most important item, a good cuppa rosy lea (tea for those unfamiliar with cockney) I just can’t work without it. The youngest child has decided to join me and also be creative today.
It’s been about 5 hours now and alas no art, why you ask? well, I have been sabotaged by the PC. Most of my time today has been spent copying deleting defragging running security and anti spyware programs. I…am…exhausted, and any creative juice is gone, empty like my tea cup, someone put the bloody kettle on. Please.
There is a lot to be said for traditional arts, the only thing that gets in your way is time and maybe space.
It’s now late afternoon and the system scan is still running. And what became of the youngest you ask, I can see her tapping away at her laptop big smile. As I get up to see what she’s accomplished she whoops out loud, all the animals jump “level 90” ‘sigh’ she’s been playing WoW all day 🙂
Last Saturday my daughter and I finally attended Comic Con. We have been wanting to do this for awhile now.
Originally it should’ve been April but due to the bombing in Boston it was pushed to August.
As driving in Boston is really not my thing, crazy aggressive drivers, okay so not all, but enough to make me not want to drive. We took the red line to silver and it was a simple ride. But I learned a couple of things. The train makes me nauseated and I maybe a hair germophobic and this city girl has lived in the country way too long, who knew 🙂
The line to get in was, well, wow! Blocks long. Glad I pre bought our tickets. Also glad I’m an early bird so we got to wander around – no crowds – and actually see the artists and their work. This is when I do my best daydreaming, to be as talented as some of them and to be able to be a full time artist. The one thing I’ve always wanted to do, create!
Was a great day lots to look at almost got run over by a transformer. We got my daughter this glow in dark dragon that wraps around her wrist. I got some art work. Nice lunch and then the ‘train’ ride back.
I am glad we did it but not sure I will do again. But at least I can check it off my list.