The weather here in the north east is starting to change. The leaves have turned and are falling everywhere. On days when it’s sunny and warm this is a wonderful time of year. It’s not cold and not too hot and there are no bugs to drive you insane. The colours of the leaves do nothing but inspire.
But when it’s chilly all you see, or I do, are dead leaves and then wait in expectation of the coming snow. Ugh the dreaded snow. I’m still in denial, I actually don’t like snow and I live in an awful snowy place 🙂
When the weather starts cooling off I find it harder and harder to go up to the studio, the fingers do not work as well as they should in the cold room. The cozy living room and TV has more of a draw.
Right now the walls in the studio are white and the room is a bit clinical and I’m thinking it may need a nice warm Colour and maybe a cozy chair and throw. If I can make it cozy it will be easier to sit up there and work. My latest work in progress is spring flowers the flowers are a way of keeping those warm days in my mind and brightening the room.
What tips and tricks do you all use to keep the studio warm, and yourselves moving and inspired during winter.
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 have always had an issue with coloured pencils; I just couldn’t get the colours or the blending right. So it’s been my mission lately to keep working with them to refine my craft and learn other mediums. I have seen so many wonderful images done in coloured pencil that I really want to learn to create beautiful images, not to mention it’s soo easy for travel compared to Pastels. I also want to create more work so that I have something to offer when I finally finish setting up my Etsy store, as part of the point of all of this is to start a good freelance Art and Design Studio.
I choose 2 projects to work on. I took this great photo with my iPhone, I wish it had been with my trusty camera I would of had more pixels to work with for a print but alas like me its age is showing and it has decided it’s time, ‘sigh’ ‘sniff’ ‘sniff’.
Project one…..To recreate this image with pencil. I used Canson Pastel Paper because it has two sides rough and smooth, I used the smooth, white. I pulled the pencils needed and using my phone with the reference photo set to work. I knew I didn’t have all of the colours so this is where trying the blending was going to come in. I loved the fact I could sit on the couch in front of the TV with a cuppa rosy and work on this project. I spent some time each evening and this is what I came up with. I really like it; it didn’t come out quite as bad as I was thinking it might, per my previous forays into the coloured pencil realm.
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.
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.