28 September 2011

second to last...

...page before the end and i have to say that it has taken way too long, longer than planned to get to the end of this sketchbook. i try and draw in it but something isn't working - whether that be down to my brain or lack of things i do in order to then draw or what - but here is page eighty three. i have started page eighty four and it is an illustration day tomorrow so it may get finished. though i found two more similar sized sketchbooks on the shelf the other day - intended for lion drawings but what to do - continue on with them or just stop? i think once i get into the new illustration routine it will be as easy as it was. big scribble sketchbook is going ok. am off to the new printroom tomorrow to expose my first screens there. excited - just a tad as it will feel like proper work then.

24 September 2011

drum roll please...

...very excited to say that i am now a full-time illustrator and a part-time breadwinner. finally made my way back to working more for myself but now have a little security with the pennies. this week has been the first week of my new hours at the day job and it has been a busy week with sorting out of things. now a member at WYPW in Mirfield for printing outside the living room and things are fast at getting ticked off the to-do list. i am preparing for a lino printing workshop with the WI ladies of Huddersfield and preparing new work for a total website overhaul and possible exhibitions. thought tonight the working hasn't gone quite to plan as the Dr Mr is home for a visit and although he is quiet happy playing on the ps3 his presence in my work area has played with the working atmosphere.

12 September 2011

in august...

...way back then, the Mr and I went out to the Emley Show which is very near us. It is a charity that raises money to help students who are studying agricultural and related subjects, through college and university. There were loads of animal related shows/competitions. The best one by far was the cow/bull shed and pictured above is me with one of my favourite bulls. There were loads going on and quite a lot to look at and walk around. I took my sketchbook but didn't draw a thing as it was so crowded so I took loads of pictures instead of which I have recently found the time to start drawing from.

This evening, I am working on de-stashing the fabric pile, sewing up bunting for the christmas fairs and making some kind of hand sewn hexagon things - once they are sewn up I will decide what is best. I have ideas but if it will be one or the other or both - I haven't got a clue yet! I am going to 'WING IT' as me and Josie would say.

11 September 2011

yesterday...

...lots of fun was had at the Saltaire Festival. Saltaire Arts Trail held a one day Makers Fair Special and my work was selected to be part of it all. It was a great day and i enjoyed talking to everyone who came by. Thank you to all who took home new treasures from my table. Unfortunately I was on my own so unable to wander round and speak to other stall holders. It was a long day and so last night it was early to bed. Today I was up early, cleaning and tidying, ready to make a start on the ever expanding to-do list. There is one week to go until I go part-time at the day job and return to almost full-time self-employment. Woooo!

01 September 2011

collection...

...of the paint that has slowly been building up to nearly a shelf full! i have been trying to take photos for the past couple of days of work/sewing/printing but no decent pictures to show. a fast click gave me the photo above after todays postman delivery. thanks to the day job and all the lovely shoppers at markets, online, shops - i was able to order seventeen tubes/pots on Thursday after I recevied an email offering me fifty percent off system 3 paints. my head is fit to burst with all the colour and layer options now avaiable to me without worrying if the budget will allow for it as they are now there to be used. my last full proper print - the circus one - was a five colour one so who knows what we may end up with once i get in the print room.