Procrastination – king of my agenda. Well, it has this week. Studio time lacking and at times none existent. Other stuff taking over. Like travelling about the country delivering work. Rickmansworth and Manchester and today it’s Milton Keynes moving back into Fringe MK. Then the family things with school’s back this week. Despite that I have made some progress in pencil. It’s an inside…ish view of 30 St Mary’s Axe or Foster’s Gherkin as it’s colloquially known. Norman Foster’s award winning design and a personal favourite. It was done in stages. I read a useful tip. Make yourself do 10 minutes with permission to stop when you have. It’s amazing how much further you get once you actually start. I’m now off to beat procrastination and finish it! “Ten minutes” at a time… So why not try it yourself? Aim to do 10 minutes and see how much you actually get done. You’ll surprise yourself!
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Finishing work in time has been a struggle recently for blog posts. So I decided on something a little less ambitious for this week’s work in progress. To give me chance to catch up. For “less ambitious” read “smaller”. Here’s one of the demonstration pieces I started last week. A little more painting to do but should be ready by Saturday. (Famous last words)
Ever get talked into something you didn’t want to do? Last Monday I reluctantly agreed to caricaturing today at the Village Fete…and Beer festival. I immediately regretted saying yes but after making the commitment, I wasn’t going to back out. I may have mentioned starting my return to Art with portraits and caricatures. I love drawing faces and people and it seemed the right place to start. But I now realise that good caricaturing and portraits require a degree of performance… And I’m not a performer. Whilst I enjoy creating them and can get a likeness… I get much better results without the audience. During this time I was experimenting with all sorts of techniques. My first foray with masking produced this… It had something about it although I wanted to do more… Developing the process, I liked the results. Last year I decided focus on these abstracts and it feels right. Hence my apprehension about today. Would it be a retrograde step? Well today came, and I did it. I also enjoyed the experience and may well do it again. But I’m even more certain the decision to change direction is right. Sometimes you need to stop, reassess and […]
Well, the exhibition is over! So now what? There’s always a sense of disappointment when an exhibition finishes. No matter how many sales have or haven’t been made. The work on the whole is done. There may be some final financial transactions to make and sort out accounts. Deliveries perhaps? But once everything is down, the venue cleared and the hired equipment is returned… It’s over! There’s a sense of finality. A sadness at it’s passing. Or maybe a relief it’s all over! So what do you do now? Allow yourself time to celebrate the successes – well of course? Then plan your next event! Whether it’s participating in a group exhibition organised by a third party or organising your own solo exhibition. There’s always something to look forward to! Or, at least, there should be Spend time reviewing what you did. What worked and what needs changing? Even if it was a “failure” there will always be valuable lessons you can learn for next time. And the next time will never seem quite as frightening! I’m doing Bucks Open studios and the Milton Keynes project next. Having done Open studios last year, I’m extremely calm this time. Prepared? Yes! Worried? […]
Being busy is great! But recent events are stretching my funds to the max. So, I’ve been looking into Crowd funding. Basically you get lots of people to give you small amounts of money for rewards. And hope to get enough people interested to fund your project! It’s not without it’s trauma’s but once you figure it out it’s relatively painless. Essentially you put a project proposal together, work out how much you need to make it happen. Create a video and your project. Set some rewards for donations and launch it! And there’s a lot of virtual hand holding throughout! My first attempt was to investigate www.kickstarter.com. After struggling with the video editing, the project looked fine and was going well… But setting up an Account I couldn’t submit an address outside the US. So, I tried www.sponsume.com. And no such drawbacks. It was actually much easier to use. So here it is. Still feels odd doing this, but why not? Big films get made this way all the time… So why not a little old exhibition in Milton Keynes? Dislike being on camera though. Maybe that’s why I avoided a singing career? What do you think? On second […]