Friday, January 22, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
That's the title of my newest ACEO and it is exactly how I feel.
In common with an awful lot of other people we haven't seen any sign of gritting since this 'cold snap' began. As we live at the top of a steep cul de sac with a steep drive and my car doesn't do snow or ice it has remained motionless for the past four weeks.
Today my eldest son decided it would be alright if we went an errand in my car (note he didn't want to move his own car) so off we went. I got three feet before the ABS kicked in and cut the power as the back wheels had decided to do things totally unconnected with what the front wheels were doing.
So we switched off the ABS and slid the rest of the way down the road, no brakes, no steering, lots of muttering, but as it's very quiet with no through traffic we simply slid to a halt at the bottom.
No problem doing the errand but no way was my car going back up our road, it performed a few pirouettes, lost an inch of rubber off its very expensive new tyres but didn't move an inch forward.
So I carefully reversed back onto the flat and left it in disgust.
Later this afternoon together with eldest son we mounted a rescue operation and returned it to the drive were it will remain until Spring.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
So here are my goals for 2010:-
2. Following on from the success of my first step-by-step I will produce at least two more, the second will be a dog's eye and nose, and is at the planning stage.
3. Continue to experiment with oil pastels and start working with oil paints.
4.Enter 'Wildlife Artist of the Year' and the BBC Wildlife Magazine Artist of the Year
5.Submit work to NEWA, SOFA and SWLA
6.Take a workshop with Terry Isaac in September
7. Produce 1 large work a month and at least one small work a week.
Friday, January 08, 2010
Monday, January 04, 2010
In November I had a stand at the Supreme Cat Show held at the NEC in Birmingham which I felt was very successful. Thank you to all my customers and to people who simply stopped to say hello.
Also in November I had an article about my work published in the local newsletter for the Cat Protection League.
Towards the end of the year I started painting ACEO's and offering them for sale on eBay as I had been asked if I could produce some smaller more affordable originals. I am delighted at the response I have had to these and I now have several International collectors of my work.
Sales from my website slowly increased over the year and in December I had my best month ever.
I produced a Step-by-Step demonstration of how to draw a cat's eye and sales of these have far exceeded my expectations, I mail one to somewhere in the world at least twice a week.
Looking back at my aims for 2009 I didn't achieve what I wanted around the production of new work.
I only manged to paint 4 pieces for SOFA and certainly didn't produce a new work each month. I did however update my blog on average 3 times a week and spend time in marketing. The marketing was based more around my online activities than getting my work into a bricks and mortar Gallery as I felt that was a better option in the financial climate.
That looks to be paying dividends as my sales from online sources have increased monthly.
I'm reasonably happy with what I achieved in 2009 and hope to continue to move forward in 2010.
My next post will be about my goals for 2010.