This year has been strange and bittersweet. I feel really proud of my business achievements, not least my 100 Days print which has already got me making plans for next years 100 days project on instagram. This print is of special significance to me as when I was half way through the project my father very unexpectedly and suddenly passed away. I’m not sure that my little family have quite yet processed or accepted the loss. He was from a small coastal village in Galicia, and our mutual love of the sea and all its creatures (some, I admit, purely from a culinary standpoint) means that I think about him every time I look at this print. I’m proud that I kept going with the project, it gave me something to think about and do when all I felt was numb. Dad was an absolute grafter, something else I like to think we had in common, so I know he’d had have wanted me to keep pushing forward, although he never pushed anyone as hard as he did himself. Although proud of any work I did he was also worried that I was doing too much – this from the man who at one time ran 3 businesses and worked 15 hour days. I also had the rather lovely thing happen of becoming a mum just three months ago. So like I said, confusingly bittersweet.
2019 has felt very far away at times, but it is hurtling towards me at lightening speed. I’m going to be pretty busy looking after my little one, but I will try and sneak in some painting here and there. I’m also hopeful that by the summer I’ll be back on the market circuit, and have got a few tiny seeds of ideas for some other, quite different, art related shenanigans later in the year.
Thank you to everyone who has come to see me at a market, who’s bought a card or even just followed me on Instagram. This year more than any other it has meant a lot. I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and I’ll see you all in 2019 xxx
So my first ever art market is all over and I loved every minute. I met some fantastic people, some fellow artists and others just lovely humans who told me they liked my paintings which has boosted my confidence no end!
Some lessons learned for next time, include:
- Wear socks
- Smile… But not scarily
- Bring more frames
- Don’t panic!
This is latter was particularly important as on the first day I was so surprised someone actually wanted to buy something that I very nearly fluffed it completely.
So, watch this space more more art market involvement and food/animal based art updates. I’m going to put my feet up and have a very well deserved glass of wine.
It’s a good thing my primary school teacher organisation got the better of me for this event – this weekend’s art market has been bought forward, meaning it starts tomorrow! Eep!
Having spent the morning panicking and making sure I’ve got everything as ready as I possibly can (touch wood…) I’m now feeling super excited. Here goes nothing…
(Here are some more hand-painted cards on sale tomorrow – I’ve had a lot of fun making these!)
After a frenzy of Amazon purchases this weekend (inspired by a trip to spitalfields art market) I think I might be sort of prepared, ish. I’ve put a few new prints on etsy, shouted at my camera for not being better, but all in all I’m feeling rather proud and excited with what I’ve managed to put together (beyond what I ever thought my drawing and organisational skills made me capable of). Let’s just see if any of this effort will bear fruit this weekend. If not there are always brownies and tea.
I’ve been having some fun with a few quick designs that I’m planning on painting directly onto cards for sale at the market, with the possibility of a few customisable ones… Here’s one I doodled earlier.
This weekend I got to pick up my prints from the very helpful Aaron at Electroset studios. They look BRILLIANT. I’m chuffed to bits with them. As a result I’ve spent every spare moment since then gazing at them and very, very carefully framing them for display at the market or packaging them up for sale. This is my current thinking for display and browsing on my little table, and I’ll have a separate print rack too. Looking twee as hell and that’s how I like it.
So I lost my mind and have applied for a stall at Spitalfields art market in early April! I’ve been very busy most weekends trying to paint lots of things so I’ll have a good range and am finally ready to get some stuff printed. It’s only now I look at everything I’ve done all together that I’ve not really managed to escape my usp since I was about 3 years old – animals looking silly. Oh well, I think they’re cute, someone else is bound to!
As Valentine’s Day draws near I realise I’ve been approaching this holiday all wrong. Rather than scowl and pour scorn on the saps who buy into it I should surrender myself to my one true love and go all out romanticle – so here is the result of that epiphany; love food.
Well, it’s a new year and a new promise to post here more frequently! I think it’s the writing aspect of blog posts that freaks me out; it feels much much easier to just pop something on Instagram. However, no one ever achieved anything by doing things that didn’t scare them sometimes, so here are some derpy chicks – part of a range of stuff I’m trying to get together for some art markets this year.
I’m delighted with the way these Christmas cards have come out. I think the paintings have shrunk down brilliantly and look rather dinky, if I do say so myself (thank you to Electroset studios for their work).
Available now on my newly opened etsy shop: etsy.com/shop/VictoriaDraws