Monthly Archives: January 2014

New Cards!

Last week I instagrammed this picture of my tired stroke excited face with “working late tonight with something exciting, cant spill what it is just yet and man I am excited!”

Now I can reveal…

I got six of my original paintings and drawings professionally printed onto high quality 148mm square cards!

They were ready this morning and I couldn’t be happier with the quality. I have spent all day folding them, slipping them into cellophane sleeves with envelopes as well as taking photographs, trying to figure out how to stage them pretty and uploading them on my big cartel shop.

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Positive Thinking

Ok, I have another and very late new year resolution. It is…

Positive thinking.

I’d like to think myself as a positive person but having a business review chat with my mum recently, she told me honestly that I could be really negative when it comes to stress and from there I’ve come to realisation that I am slowly turning into a negative person lately.

I worry all the time, I say “but what if” to almost everything, I don’t do things because I don’t believe that I can do them and so on. I am not constantly like this but on my bad days, I get negative and fall apart when I could have stayed postive, such as solving problems or accepting that they happens. And I notice that I tend to rely on people’s encouragment and reassurance to make myself feel/ stay positive.

The realisation is not all from my mum, it is also from me. There were times I was so sick of worrying and holding myself back. Sometimes I put myself down to the fact I was negative. I want to be free of that – I know that worrying, being negative is natural but too much of that is not healthy.

I want to turn my “I can’t” into “I can”. I want to train my mind to see the good in every situation and make positive thinking my habit. in a nutshell, I want to be more positive this year because you know, positive thinking equals positive life!

Would you say you are a positive, negative or a bit of both person?

Artwork Update

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Last week before my finger got infected inside (it was a whitlow, oow!), I picked up my colour pencils and drew mallard. I liked how colourful it was so I was eager to try to draw more birds but my finger was too painful.

Happily my finger recovered over the weekend, I decided to draw puffin and flamingo again this week as you know, I wasn’t entirely happy with my watercolour ones I painted couple of weeks ago and wanted to improve them. I like trying out different mediums to see what works and what doesn’t. I am rather pleased with them and while I am a sucker for details, I really like how detailed these birds are where I didn’t manage to achieve with watercolour.

If you could leave me your thoughts about these new pieces, it would be great!

Why Do I Blog?

I’ve had many people asking me, “why do you blog?“.

Back at my university times, my tutor encouraged me to set up a blog to share my artwork and write about what I love. I didn’t see the point or really understood what blog was about. I half-heartedly set up a blog anyway, posted up a few of my artwork and I am glad I did. Because I eventually got hang of it and frankly, I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for this blog.

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// INSPIRING OTHERS AND BEING INSPIRED

Blogging is one of places to be inspired, there are many inspirational bloggers that inspire me to live my life to full, do what I love and share what I love. I am not sure if I do inspire others but I would be very glad if I do!

// STORING MY THOUGHTS, MOMENTS AND IDEAS

Being pretty rubbish at remembering stuff, my blog is where I store everything that comes out from my brain. I sometimes go back to my old posts and remember what I wanted to do that I didn’t get around to doing it or what inspired me back then.

// IMPROVING MY ENGLISH

British Sign Language is my first language so my English is not perfect, I want to improve my writing and writing this blog is helping me to practise.

// DISCOVERING NEW THINGS

I discover new things nearly every day from the blogs I found or followed – whether it be a new art to admire or inspiring people to follow or places I must visit. I love learning about new things.

// PROMOTING MY BUSINESS

I started to promote my art business more on this blog about two years ago – sharing my website, online shop, latest commissions and stories. It has been very helpful collecting feedbacks from my supporters too.

So, why do you blog?

Latest Artwork // Warwickshire Rose

Warwickshire Rose Watercolour Painting Art

I was always painting animals with watercolour and I thought I should try something different – flowers. But it is proven a bit hard and I will keep practising. I’ve painted flowers with watercolour few times in the past and I think this one is the best I’ve mastered so far.

I have a book about clematis flowers and looking through them, this warwickshire rose is my favourite. I don’t know much about flowers but I love them, they are one of my favourite things and I wanna learn to paint them to perfection!

Do you love flowers too? Happy Friday!

Achievements + Aspirations

Happy New Year!

Before I start writing about my achievements from 2013 and aspirations for 2014 (hello!), I’d like to say massive thank you to those who supported my little art business and blog that I’ve put all of my heart and time into full-time. While I love being full time artist/ photographer/ blogger, it has been tough in terms of finance and time so your endless support – all the likes, comments, retweets and many more – has helped me so much, to storm through those difficult days and cherish those good days. Millions of thank yous coming your way!

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2013 Achievements

// STEP OUTSIDE MY COMFORT ZONE

Yeah, I did it! Over the summer, I spontaneously “lived” in Germany for a month and half. I drew stuff every single day, mainly experiemented with different mediums I didn’t usually use. It was pretty amazing, I was an artist who wasn’t willing to try something new (crazy) and now I am the opposite.

// GET INTO RUNNING

I am not sure how well I did – I ran often during spring and summer but later at the colder days, I lacked motivation. With my awfully unfit self, I found it tricky to really get into it and to make up for it, I also started going for a swim last September which turned out a more suitable form of exercise for me. Despite my lack of motivation in running, I am actually impressed with myself that I tried even though I couldn’t really run well. I want to try to continue when it gets warmer out, mixing up my exercise with swimming too.

// SPEND LESS

I’ve been good with money. I’ve had few naughty sprees but I kept my eyes on my balance and constantly gave myself limited budgets. Being a full time artist, I have to be responsible with money to be able to live a life. I do buy all the stuff discounted but this year I am hoping to stop buying too many shoes, no matter how cheap they are..

2014 Aspirations

// BE MORE ORGANISED

I remind myself every year to be more organised. I got a little more organised last year when I discovered Bullet Journal, that is all. I am always behind with all of my paperworks, losing stuff and forgetting things and I want to totally change that.

// BE HEALTHIER

I eat and drink relatively well and this year I want to eat better. In smaller portions, especially. I often eat salad for lunch but I make them in huge portions. I’d like to reduce my intakes of fizzy drinks and Minstrels too.

What is your new year resolution and what have you achieved last year? Leave me a link if you have written a post something like that, I’d love to read them!