November 29, 2010

New York, New Jersey and 'Toronto'

My piece 'New York' has been accepted into the second jury round of the 25th International juries show at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. So tomorrow we will get up really early to drive to New Jersey to deliver my painting at the art center. It will be a long drive, about 6 hours, but we will be rewarded with a night spent in the greatest city in the world, New York! We will go and see 'the Adams Family' on Broadway and have a nice stroll through the city admiring the christmas decorations. It will be a very short trip, just the one night, we will be driving back on Wednesday, but it will be a lot of fun! I'm looking forward to it.

This does mean that starting 'Toronto' this week is going to be tough. Today is filled with pre trip preparations but on Thursday I should be able to get started at least a little with my 'Toronto' piece, that's what I'm aiming for at least. It is a big canvas that is waiting for me and I already know I'm going to need more then a week for the 'puzzle phase'. But if I can get it started this week that would really help with my overall productivity, at least in my head it will.

November 25, 2010

'Ottawa' is finished!

It has taken a bit longer then planned but today I've finally finished my piece on Ottawa. I've uploaded it to my artist portfolio on Absolute Arts so you can check out the result there.

So now it is time to move on to other things. I have a really nice big canvas waiting for Toronto so next week I will make a start on that. I am really excited about this one, I've got loads of material and I already know where to start so that makes things quite a lot easier. But there will probably be some other creative walls ahead of me, I will keep you posted as I hit them at full speed :)

November 22, 2010

On things that get in the way

My mind is a weird place, I get so caught up in stuff that there is simply nothing else I can think about. Here's the thing, I'm going to do this solo show in April 2011 and I got it into my head that I want to represent myself as a professional artist at that point. Not that I haven't been doing that up until now but there were some points that needed work to get everything to a certain level, things like a Facebook fan page and a proper website under my own domain name.

So when my Ottawa piece was at a drying stage I figured it would be a good time to start building my website. And I knew this would be a huge project and it's not like I have a close deadline or anything, April is months away and even that is just a deadline I set for myself it's not something that has to be finished in order for my show to be a success. My mind however, thought otherwise. Once I started building this thing I just couldn't stop, my mind just would'd let me. So when a week had passed and I could have started on finishing Ottawa my mind was like "NO!, you need to finish this website first!" So instead of getting myself into my studio I got back behind my computer and worked.

Another week has passed since that moment and here I am, behind my computer writing this blog. I can hear you thinking; "Is she going to procrastinate working on Ottawa again?" No, not this week, this week will be dedicated to finishing Ottawa and starting Toronto, my next project. Because my website is finished! it isn't up and running yet but that's just technical stuff, my mind isn't bothered by that. The designing of it is done and my mind has set me free, I can paint again! Ottawa has been patient, the gel is dryer then dry it's time to get to my studio and paint!

November 02, 2010

Ottawa; bring on the gel!

I have finally finished the puzzle phase of my next piece and dropped off the files at the copy shop. So this week it is time for some gel, although I am not sure how much gelling I will be able to get done this week since I will be game testing for Ubisoft the next three days as well as all the afternoons next week. But I hope to be able to get it done at least before the start of next week so I will be able to start on the finishing stage as soon as my game testing stint is done. 
I have been busy with some promotional stuff as well. As you all know I've been doing some research on websites and how to build one and I have decided to use iWeb so I will be starting with that soon. I also created a Facebook Fan page so to anyone who likes my work please visit my page and become a fan!