Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Delighted to announce over 30 thousand views!

Yep, over thirty thousand of you have visited my blog here, read the posts, looked at the pictures and the links, and ... then did whatever you usually do after you've visited a blog of someone you've never met, but whose blogs you may or may not find engaging, for whatever reason. You might think I'm mad, brilliant, ridiculous or all of the above. You might actually like my artworks. Which I hope is the case, and why many of you have returned.

You'll have excuse me. I've been reading Marion Keyes again. Her novels are so full of great, effortlessly chatty dialogue that it just spills over into whatever I end up writing.

Last time I looked at the flag counter, the most recent visitor was in the United Kingdom - greetings, neighbour! and the latest country was still Brunei. Now that 143 different countries have visited, it's possible we're running out of 'new' countries, hahahaha.

But seriously, I'm thrilled at this. I wouldn't get this exposure if I was in a traditional art gallery setting.

Oh, and to update you all on the Saatchi online thing - more paintings have been uploaded, but I have decided, for the purpose of being organised, to systemically go through ALL of my works on canvas, weigh them and measure them, and put the whole lot onto a spreadsheet, and think about a price for each piece. (Yes, I want to sell the originals. But as the maker of the works, I'll retain the copyright ....) Then, when I am ready to upload images onto the Saatchi website, I will also have the information to go with them.

Not sure yet what I want to do with all my large works on paper, would love to sell them as they are too, let the buyer sort out the presentation to suit their own setting. Or settings. Huh. Some grammar issue with that sentence. But however ....

Now, have I a picture to celebrate? Let me have a nose through my files ....

From the 2011 Sketchbook Project, # 18. Very intriguing, because for the life of me I can't remember what I wrote on the reverse.

And the inside of the forge, # 39. I didn't examine the old pile of stuff there too closely, it was a bit dark and there might have been rats .... eek. 

Thanks everyone for visiting, and thanks to those decided to follow, and thanks to those who have left comments. Until the next! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Right, well, the Saatchi Online Gallery portfolio is being redone ...

and it's available to view here. Still no prices or whatever up, but there will be soon.

It's going to take me a few days to get all the pieces up there, and I have to go sort out weights of the individual works, so that the cost of shipping them can be calculated. And I also have to look after tax stuff too, apparently this all takes place out of the US, so I have to sign something stating I'm not a resident of that country. I dislike the bureaucratic side of it, and so have to force myself to deal with it ... and I'm finding that it might not be that bad. The few I've uploaded are this one, and the two below.

Campo Dei Miracoli IV

Ten Minutes

I've loads more to upload, but need to do it during the night, when the internet is not so busy. Can't tonight, but maybe tomorrow night. 

I want to sell art not only because I have bills to pay, but also because I would like my other half to get the nice camera he wants. And by the way, his blogspot page is here, please do go and check him out. His photography is beautiful. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Greetings to viewers in other parts of the world

I just noticed now that the most recent viewer of my blog is in China, and the most recent new country is Brunei. I love it that my work is seen all around the world.

Thank you for visiting and looking, and thank you also for sharing my blog with your friends and family.

I am in the process of updating my Saatchi online page and sorting out the official stuff to sell original large-scale paintings on canvas. More about that when it's up and running.

I am also investigating Etsy.com, to sell small unframed works on paper, am as of yet undecided whether or not I'll go through with this. I'll keep you all posted.

Art can be many things, but for me it's sharing, it's friendship, it's story-telling, it's learning. It's also discipline, beauty, peace of mind, celebration. And it can feed into other activities.

Please keep visiting, keep sharing, and leave me the occasional comment. I moderate comments before posting them. :-)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Quote from Georgia O'Keeffe and Jeans

A couple of years ago I was messing around with things, as you do, and then I just put the experiments away - let's not get into the clutter issues of that right now please - and then I was sorting out paintings again and found them, most of which I now think are execrable, but I kind of like this one.

Georgia O'Keeffe Quote and Jeans, 2011, mixed media and collage.

Experimentation is important. Yes, most of what you produce in experimentation is rubbish, but this is part of the process. You can always recycle what you find doesn't work. At the time I was playing with bits of old clothes, styrofoam, and quotations. And glue and paint. On MDF board. Come to think of it, I've had quite a bit of success with experiments on MDF board. Hm. 

What else have I been doing? Experimenting with writing. Stream of consciousness stuff. It's been kind of fun. Seems to be becoming a journey. I set myself one rule: I write until I have one thousand words written - and that's not actually very difficult. When I have one hundred times one thousand words, I'm going to set up another blog and post one of those texts up per week. You all can then read just how bonkers creative I am. It's going to be a while though. But a narrative has emerged. I will aim to be finished with it for Hallowe'en. Or even before. 

In the meantime, enjoy the visual. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

A photo of the worst storm in history, Ireland

Last Wednesday, 12 February, the lovely polar vortex paid us a visit in Ireland again, but this time with a vengeance. Heavy rain, sleet, and winds of 170 km per hour caused absolute mayhem throughout the country. Our power was gone for almost 24 hours, and we were one of the lucky houses that got it back the next day, my brother and his wife didn't get theirs back until last night Sunday. Then, after the power came back, the water went. Apparently the power outage caused pumps on the reservoir to stop working, and as a result the filtration wasn't the best either, so when the water did come back the next day, we were all on boil alert.

For the next few days, power and water both came and went a couple of times. Ironically, the ground was already saturated, because during the month of January, Ireland had SEVEN times the usual amount of rain for that month. And this in a country already famous for its rainfall amount. Naturally there was flooding, but kudos to the people of Cork for their great pictures of people swimming and kayaking on the flooded streets of the city, and even the classic shot of the kayaker going to the ATM to get money out. One of those classic 'it could only happen in ...' moments.

However, with the lack of a water supply coming into the house, it is only ironic that due to this heavy rainfall, the ground around my house was so saturated that the percolation area of the septic tank was flooded, so yeah, that's only getting back to normal today. Next house I live in will be on a hill.

But back to the storm - I couldn't do much except read, but as I was on my own in the house and nervously watching the trees that are in reasonably close proximity to the structure, I got my camera and got a few shots of the sleet on the window. Things are dire indeed if you can't see some beauty in them, no matter how terrible.

Am very glad that's over.