Filed under: Art Progress, Thoughts | Tags: break, colourful, craft fairs, creativity, flower friends, general thoughts, happy new year?!, illustration, life, love, mixed media, original artwork, stresses, struggles
I am a month late with this ‘Happy New Year’ blog post, but since I haven’t actually posted anything in about 6 months (probably more) I thought I’d let myself off with it!
I have had an interesting few months, there’s been plenty of ups and tons of downs, but me and Jamie are finally getting ourselves back to normality in our new place. In the past 9 months I have moved house 3 times and had 2 new jobs, not to mention some pretty difficult situations in general, including very recently developing severe back pain. Me and Jamie have stuck together through out though, and come out stronger than ever.
Because of all these changes and stresses, I have been unable to focus on my artwork, which resulted in a creative block that I have really struggled to get out of. I miss being able to sit at my own art space and create something fresh and new, so I have decided to dedicate this year to get back on track, set up a new art space and get stuck in with some new paintings!
Although I have attracted a lot of followers online, I would love to be able to do more Craft fairs this year. Jamie passed his test last year and I intend to take advantage of the easy transport to do some craft fairs over the Spring and Summer in the local area!
I have missed interacting with my fans, and seeing all the amazing artwork you all create too, so I am looking forward to getting re-united and involved!
Filed under: Art Progress, Thoughts | Tags: book challenge 2012, changes, floral fusion, general thoughts, illustration, it's been a while, moving house, new artwork, Whimsical
It’s been so long since I made my last blog post but a lot of things have changed in the past couple of weeks I’m surprised I’ve kept up myself! Me and Jamie have decided to move back ‘home’ so he can pass his driving test and get a car, and so we can save a little money to enjoy ourselves while we’re still young! It was a very hasty decision but one we’re really looking forward to. We have been non stop packing and organizing for the move which will be happening the weekend so I haven’t had much time to create. However, my head has been bursting with ideas and I can’t wait to settle in and start mapping all my ideas out. Fortunately I have a week off work next week to do this, as well as get ready for the Craft Fair I will be doing on the 19th of May in Stourbridge.
Other than packing, I have made progress with my reading challenge. My challenge was to read 100 books this year, and although I started a month and a half late I have managed 27 so far. I am currently reading a book called Heartsick by Chelsea Cain.
….I also managed to do this one painting, which will be up for sale as soon as it gets varnished! It is called ‘Floral Fusion’
Hopefully I can start regularly posting again in a few days time, once everything has been sorted out!
Filed under: Other Art Posts, Thoughts | Tags: art, creative blocks, creativity, home, mind and body, personal thoughts, sales, think positive
Today I thought I’d make a post on the reason why I haven’t created many new paintings lately. I have been suffering from Creative blocks for about 2 months now. Last week, before the craft fair, I was able to get a few new products out which I was proud of considering how I was feeling.
I have been thinking about the reasons why I have felt this creative block looming over me. There isn’t just one answer, there are a few. I thought by mapping them down on my blog I could understand them a bit better and hopefully over come them. It would be great to hear what a few of you think, too, or if you have gone through anything similar and what the outcome was.
My home does not feel like my home right now. Sometimes I am happy in the house we are in, but then others, the problems overwhelm me. The damp in the front room, the cracking of the walls, the fact we can’t even put a shelf up without the walls crumbling is stressing me out so badly, because I can’t make the house the home I really want. Its freezing cold, even with the heating on. My creative space lacks a lot of inspiration and I find myself confiding myself to the living room with all my art stuff, the only room that feels like I belong. It’s getting quite annoying now, as in a big semi detached house you’d think I could make it work, but I just can’t. Not even my bedroom feels like a room I can relax in. I know that eventually we’ll have to move, and deal with the stress of it all, but for the moment we can’t seem to get it in motion. Conversations with the landlord and money issues are putting us back to square one. I feel this is the main reason I can’t create properly. I don’t *feel* it here.
I spend a lot of time at home, which effects me mentally. I feel like I am in limbo. Get a full time job, and risk giving up my artwork. Or stay in the house and feel myself slowly falling away from it anyway, because I can’t get myself motivated. All the wonderful ideas are there in my head, I just can’t relax and calm myself enough to get into it. I thought about getting an art space away from home, but we couldn’t afford it right now.
The other reasons are less obvious. Mentally and physically, my mind and body are letting me down. I used to think I was just lazy, but I do feel like there’s more to it somehow. My back pains have got worse over the last few months, but I refuse to go to the doctors until it becomes unbearable.
I sometimes feel like I am going around in circles. Many people appreciate my work and I have lots of fans but not many sales. I am trying to figure out what I am doing wrong to not get many sales, but I can’t think of any, only that my prices do not reflect what my work is worth? I would believe this to be true is so many people didn’t already tell me my prices are reasonable, and even sometimes too low!
So what do I do?
I just hope that I can get over this bad patch and start creating and building up my business once more. I feel like I have achieved so much. I have only been creating for the last year and I am proud of what I have accomplished. I just need to get through this block so I can progress everything further!
I know many crafters are in similar situations to me. We all need to keep are chins up and think positively!
If you have took the time to read through my moaning, thank you, x
Filed under: Other Art Posts, Other Posts, Thoughts | Tags: 100 books challenge, araminta hall, art, challenge, craft fair, kindle, light house wolverhampton, new fans for cally's creations, reading, sophie hannah, the hunger games, thoughts
I’ve not made a post in a while. Last week I was really busy preparing for the Light House craft fair on Saturday the 10th. It went really well on a whole, many awesome people and crafters, a lovely venue and Cally’s Creations has made some new fans! I love doing Craft fairs to meet people who are attracted to my work. I’m not even bothered that most of them don’t buy anything, the positive comments and amazement on their faces are just as good, knowing that people enjoy looking at my creations!
Here’s my at my stall (not looking my best, though!)
Another thing I have been focusing on a lot lately is reading. Last week I decided to challenge myself to read 100 books this year. I have read 10 books so far, but having my Kindle last week (yay) means I will be able to read faster. I love my Kindle so much! The books I have read so far are:
Kate Atkinson – When will there been good news?
Christopher Ransom – The People next Door
Bernhard Schlink – The Reader
Jane Casey – The Burning
Harlan Coben – Darkest Fear
Araminta Hall – Everything and Nothing
Claire Seeber – Tell No one
Erin Kelly – The Poison Tree
Sophie Hannah – Kind of Cruel
Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games (book 1)
I am currently reading the second book of The Hunger Games trilogy, ‘Catching Fire.’ I mostly always read crime/thriller books, but I am *trying* really hard to read new genres and different authors this year, and broaden my reading vastly.
Do you have any recommendations for me?
Anyway, I will be continuing with my artwork at the end of this week and uploading some new items to Etsy, including some packs of assorted stickers of my artwork!
Watch this space, and enjoy your evening!
Filed under: Thoughts | Tags: art bookmarks, art prints, handmade, list, make, original artwork, photographing, plans for the week, thoughts
Today was meant to be a productive day of re-photographing all my art, but as the weather was gloomy and not much natural light came into the house, I have had to leave it!
So as well as re-photographing all my artwork and products, this week I hope to…
- Make some prints of my original artwork on card stock
- Make some prints into bookmarks by laminating them and adding ribbon for a decorative finish
- Textured some more canvas boards and bring them to life with some of my illustrations
- Make some Valentines day illustrations
Lets hope I can keep motivated and stick to my plans!
Filed under: Thoughts | Tags: art, callys creations, doodlecats, journey, new, new blog, weebly, wordpress
Thanks to the advice of Doodlecats owner Beth Wilson, I have created this new blog through WordPress. I did have a website through Weebly, but it just wasn’t working out for me. Blogging is something I have been wanting to do for a while but have not had the motivation to regularly update….this is going to change! So expect to see more blog posts with my original illustrations, art and more!
Looking forward to this new chapter in Cally’s Creations, and hope you can all join me through the journey.