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Happy New Year….! I know it’s a bit late….

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!

Cally

xo

the first painting of the year, flower friends.

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Making some changes

Yesterday I decided I would move all the arts and crafts stuff I use into the Dining room. We don’t really use it much as the damp is in there, but it’s a lot brighter than upstairs and I have tried to hide the damp as much as possible. I thought it would be good to do this so Jamie has more space for his music equipment in the spare room, so we could get a sofa bed for when people sleep over, and most importantly I can get on with cooking and laundry while I work as it’s all surrounded by me.

I have moved my big bookshelf from upstairs and started to put all my art stuff on. Tomorrow I’m going to purchase some colourful storage boxes from B&M to put all my paper and paints in. I’m also going to put some shelves up on the other side of the door for more storage.

I’ve put some daffodils in a vase and generally cleaned the space up a bit for more room. I’ll be using the dining room table to paint and create, so I need to get some waterproof table throws, too!

Feeling a bit more positive. I have left the pens and paint brushes alone this weekend and focused on making a better, calmer space for me to work in. I am looking forward to creating some new pieces this week.

Wish me luck! Lets hope I can get my creativeness flowing!



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



Art Progress; Creative People are not meant to be Tidy!

A recent conversation inspired me to create this mixed media piece on 30x40cm canvas. I have ripped up paper and card and textured in layers on the canvas. I then printed off some words ‘Creative people are not meant to be tidy!’ and pasted them onto the canvas, too.

I then added some of my paper flowers to make the mixed media more 3D and alive! Then I started painting!

I enhanced the words and flowers with black acrylic to give the painting more detail!

This piece of artwork will be available for sale in the next couple of days on my Etsy shop! Don’t forget, you can buy directly off me, just go onto my facebook page and message me!