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Getting Back into my Blog!

Hi all!

Recently I have been doing lots of art but unfortunately haven’t been using my blog. This is about to change! I am so glad to be getting back into my art and I am looking forward to posting regular blog posts on my new ideas/illustrations and artworks!

Here’s a couple of pieces I have been working on the last couple of months:

magical midnight meeting, painted on a large thin canvas

fairy floral bliss, painted on an upcycled wooden wall hanging

There are plenty more that you can see, which are available to purchase in my etsy store here.

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Creativity blocks….

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



Thoughts about Art and Reading

Hey Everyone! 

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!

Cally xo



Drawing Something out of Nothing

Do you ever look at a random scribble and see something completely different?
Last night Jamie was drawing a (very) rough sketch of a pool table for his brother, and he left it on the Computer desk. When I saw it today I saw this cute little monster:

I wish I had taken a picture of the drawing before hand, but I didn’t think about it at the time!

Do you ever make little illustrations out of nothing?



We’re Glad it never Rained today; Art of the week

This week I decided to pick one of the first paintings I did that I actually felt proud of. It is currently not for sale, but still hanging up on my living room wall. I think this is one I will keep because it represents a change in my style that I am glad I found.

It is 12×12 inches and painted on thin canvas. The canvas is textured as usual in ripped up paper, card and flower stencil. I have used some Shakespearean and musical note paper. Since creating this painting I have used my patchwork girls in a couple of other paintings, and hope to use her many more times in the future.



Finished ‘In Bloom’ Canvas Painting….

This is the finished piece of ‘In Bloom’ my newest mixed media canvas painting. I have varnished it with a glossy, protective finish and painted the canvas edges black to compliment the outlines of the butterfly and the flowers. This piece is inspired by Spring, and is certainly cheering me up in this awful cold weather! I just cannot wait for Spring to come!

Close up image of flowers.

Side view of black painted edges.

I have also listed this piece of original artwork on my Etsy, which you can view here.



Love Cats… illustration

Black and white illustration of two cats in love… Love Cats.