How do you stay motivated creating art?

It can be a difficult challenge to stay motivated when creating, and everyone has different ways they like to keep themselves in the spirit. The creation of artwork is only a part of what I do as an artist. There is the admin work, the photography, the organising, the social media work, and the list could go on.

For the past few months, creating a piece of artwork every day has been my challenge with Project 365. I’ve had lulls where I didn’t want to continue and complete it all, as it is difficult to come up and do something. Every. Single. Day. But in my little studio here in Wiltshire, I have countless pieces of artwork that I have started and not completed over the years. I’m opening up sketchbooks to half finished pages, things that I’ve wanted to complete. I feel like everyone has things like that, whether it be a piece of artwork, a bit of housework, something that you start, but never get completed.

But how do I stay motivated?

Although Project 365 has been difficult, it has been one of my main motivators this year. After leaving university a year ago, I did not know what to do with myself. There was a challenge of how to get myself out into the world with things that people want to buy, as well as ensuring that I wanted to create what I was making. Through Project 365 I have continued my exploration of materials and processes, making it fun and interesting. This has led me down several different paths of creating, and ultimately into the world of craft fairs. I’ve been making some big decisions about these, but that’s for another blog post towards the end of the year.

Having a play has been really important too, as this has led me down paths of creating that feel childish, but also very free. Remember those times where you would tear, or cut up pieces of paper and stick the down in a random order? Or draw a random squiggly line and then colour in the shapes that it made with different patterns or colours? That’s what has helped to keep me going. Reverting back to childhood art, and refreshing myself from the day to day of adult life.

My other, and arguably by biggest motivator to create art, is my other half. I could spend half an hour describing every way he helps me to keep going from making sure I have a glass of water (and that I drink it!), to helping out at craft fairs, to making sure I have a space that I want to create in.

Everyone will have different motivators to create artwork. Right now, Project 365, having a play, and my other half are my biggest motivators. If you don’t feel particularly motivated, try something different, something small, something you might not know what it will be like in the end. That’s all you may need to get your creativity flowing again.

What motivates you?

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Guest Post: Exhibition Review – Jennifer Packer

JENNIFER PACKER – THE EYE IS NOT SATISFIED WITH SEEING


Exhibition review by Jennifer Starnes

New-York based artist Jennifer Packer exhibits her first solo show in a European institution with ‘THE EYE IS NOT SATISFIED WITH SEEING’ at Serpentine Galleries in London (19 May – 22August 2021). 34 works in total are presented, a mixture of miniature and large-scale drawings and paintings, rooted in representation and fuelled by the political and sociological introspection that underpins life. The title of the show references a biblical passage from Ecclesiastes which alludes to the human need for desire, which can never truly be sated. This is reminiscent of the confrontation that Jennifer Packer encourages through forces of attraction vs. resistance within her work.

Upon entering the exhibition, I was drawn to TRANSFIGURATION (HE’S NO SAINT), a painting I had previously seen online and the initial inspiration behind my visit. Seeing the painting in person was a completely different experience, the fiery red tones, blood orange and stark yellow burned bright. The figurative stance and gaze, both vulnerable and at peace, there is a palpable energy when standing face to face with this painting.  A clear ambiguity plagues the painting, much like the sharp line that dissects the canvas in two. The figure could be seen as sinking into the murky blackened space or emerging from it.

Jennifer Packer
Transfiguration (He’s No Saint), 2017
Oil on Canvas
182.8 x 91.4 cm, 72 x 36 inches
Collection of Igor DaCosta and James Rondeau. Photo: Jason Wyche
https://www.galleriesnow.net/shows/jennifer-packer-2/

Several drawings also adorn the gallery walls, carrying a different sensibility but equal weight as the paintings presented alongside them. There is a delicacy to the charcoal lines which make them quite distinct in comparison. THE MIND IS ITS OWN PLACE sees two figures sharing the space, one in motion and the other still, eyes closed. Bluish pastel hues merge with a lone purple hand. Smoky grey lines melt into one another, both layering and erasing to reveal subtleties and create a sense of intimacy.

Jennifer Packer comments “I feel resistance to the use of the word “bodies” to describe the figures in my work. There’s an important difference between having a body and being a body. Bodies can be almost anything and are often subject to mindless objectification or a loss of humanity”.

Exhibition view: Jennifer Packer, The Eye is Not Satisfied with Seeing, Serpentine Galleries, London (19 May – 22 August 2021). Courtesy Galleries. Photo: George Darrell.
https://galleriesnow.net/shows/jennifer-packer-2/

Jennifer presents a dichotomy between portraiture and flower compositions, drawing on a fascinating parallel for how humanness can be represented. SAY HER NAME is perhaps Packer’s most widely recognised painting, made in response to the death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old Black American woman who was found hanging in a police cell following her arrest 3 days prior for a minor traffic violation. The suspicious circumstances surrounding Sandra’s death sparked the #sandrabland social justice movement and lead to public outcry regarding racially motivated police violence. Packer comments “when I googled Sandra, I couldn’t find any images of her memorial…so, in a way, this painting became an expression of an inability to deal with that loss”. When I look at this painting, I see contained chaos, it has a harrowing depth to it, owed to the rich colour palette and hazy painterly expressions which characterise Jennifer Packer’s style. The energetic nature of these works is something that can’t be escaped and the visceral response they conjure can’t be ignored.

Jennifer Packer
Say Her Name, 2017
Oil on canvas
101.6 x 121.9 cm, 40 x 48 inches
Private Collection. Courtesy: The Artist, Corvi-Mora, London and Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York. Photo: Matt Grubb.
https://www.galleriesnow.net/shows/jennifer-packer-2/

Jennifer’s background in art and psychology informs her mixed media practise with specialism in realism and portraiture. Her works are often inspired by her interest in biology and the body alongside additional influences stemming from her passion for science fiction and horror.
Instagram: @jennstarrart
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jennstarrart
Email: jennstarrart@gmail.com
Website: Coming soon

September Craft Shows

August was a busy month with four days of craft fairs that went well. They went so well that I’ve booked on to four more days during September where you can find me and my creations!

Sunday 12th September, 10am – 3pm

Chippenham Art Fair, SN15 3HT

Come along to St. Andrews Church on your way through the Peacock Arts Trail to enjoy some beautiful original artwork. Sellers here range from watercolour animals to abstract acrylic paintings. Come and find me to see some of my new original paintings.

Saturday 18th September, 12 – 3pm

Crafty Mumma Craft Market, SN2 1QR

Join this new craft market in Swindon and see what the local creatives have to offer. This craft market has lots to offer and will allow you to start thinking about Christmas presents! Come and fine me to shop original greetings cards and gifts.

Saturday 25th September, 10am – 5pm
Sunday 26th September, 10am – 4pm

Swindon and Cricklade Railway Military Weekend, SN25 2DA

Come along to this fantastic weekend filled with military and steam at the Swindon and Cricklade Railway. Tickets to this event give you access to vintage vehicles and free train rides! Come and find me to get unique greetings cards that are special to this event.


Charlotte Abraham Art will also be at several Christmas craft events over November and December with all your unique Christmas greetings cards, gifts and original artworks. We are not liable for the change in information on the events. Further information about the events can be found in the links to the hosts websites and social medias.

New Product Highlight – Farm Animals Notebook

Farm Animals Notebook is a hardback lined journal available here at Charlotte Abraham Art. The original, fun design includes animals that you might traditionally find on the farm. These animals include rabbits, turkeys, chickens, pigs, sheep and cows. The only detail on each of them is the little dot of an eye, giving the animals individual characters.

The hardback lined journal itself is 5 x 7″ notebook with 64 pages of lined paper. The design of the covers wraps into the inside cover, creating a professional looking notebook. With the layout of the lines on the pages, you can start from ether side of the notebook and use it for projects, rather than just for notes!

They are sturdy notebooks which are the ideal size to carry around in many different sized bags. This design is not currently available on Etsy, but is available on my website store and at craft fairs.

My First Craft Shows

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been out and about with my artwork in Swindon with my first two craft fairs EVER. These fairs included the Vintage Weekend at the Swindon and Cricklade Railway, and the Ultimate Business Fete at Covingham Primary School. I thought I would share what I’ve learnt from these two events and you’ll get a sneak peak of what my future plans are too!

Why craft fairs and other events?

I decided that I wanted to ‘get out there’ with my artwork, and make that step into the world by having a physical presence. I reached out to several different event hosts that were local to Swindon, UK, to get my name on the lists and sign ups. I dived in with three fairs in August and many more lined up during the Christmas season.

My first fair stall set up

My experience

I felt like I was pretty prepared when turning up to these first couple of fairs, with massive thanks to my close family for helping me to be that prepared. I will share a blog post with you on how I prepared for these shows later in the year.

I used wicker baskets and other small storage items to showcase my products. These worked really well and gave my stall an almost country aesthetic, which I really loved. The pop of colour from my originals and cards really caught peoples eyes, and drew them in. On a couple of days it rained, so I was really grateful that we had sides on the gazebo.

The three days of craft fairs that I had, I felt like I didn’t have as many sales as I hoped. I sat down with my other half, who helped me throughout these days, and came up with a plan to try to help the set up of my stall and the number of sales that I would get!

New card stands for my fair stalls

My next steps

I’ve decided to design more greetings cards specifically for a couple of events that I’ve got coming up, including military vehicles and trains! I’m paining some landscapes and larger abstract artworks that I will be able to bring and display.

I’ve also changed up my display with two new card stands, where you will be able to view the cards as you walk by, instead of them being overlapped by each other. This will also save on table space, where I can showcase other items!

I’ll always be adapting how I showcase my products of original artwork and gifts, and each fair that I will be doing will add to that learning experience for me. If you have any hints or ideas for what I can do during my fairs, give me a shout!

Me at one of my first craft stalls

EU Sales and Taxes – Shop Update

With the new system coming into force between the EU and UK, I have taken the decision to not ship to these countries for the foreseable future. This is so that I have time to understand and update my Charlotte Abraham Art store, so that EU customers are not double charged tax.

If you would still like to purchase from my store, please head to my Etsy store, where all taxes have been automatically added to the products and there will be no extra charges once you have paid.

Can’t find what you’re looking for on Etsy? Not to worry! Due to listing prices, I do not have all my products on there. Please send me a message with the product that you wish to buy, and I will reply with payment instructions and delivery details.

Thank you for your understanding.

From your local small business owner,
Charlotte Abraham Art

Project 365: June Review

Project 365 is a 2021 project in which I aim to produce an artwork a day and sharing it. These will range from sketches to paintings to sculptures. Some are available to purchase on my store, and some are experiments with materials. This experimentation will expand my knowledge of how I can use materials within larger artworks and expand my practice as an artist. We’ve already taken a look through the first five months of the year, but now we close the chapter on the first half.

Within June I had to take a social media break and it changed the way I produced and showed my artwork to a larger audience. I played around more with the style of my work, rather than trying lots and lots of new things. I also found myself sitting more comfortably with the natural curves of leaves, positioning myself to grow further with that recurring subject. Within my social media break, I also created a plan of what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go with my artwork. I now have several craft shows lined up for August, where I will be showcasing my work in an unknown environment. I’ve turned to making more products and sending them out myself, another large change to my print on demand services. And I lastly made changes in the way I post to my social media. To draw myself away from sitting and scrolling for hours on end, I now schedule and plan my posts in advance. This will leave me more time to relax, make and ultimately be happier. June looks very same-ish, but July will bring some surprises.

152/365 – Jelly Bean – I’ve been a bit quiet, despite the scheduled posts, as my energy is on interviews for a new job as well as my Etsy opening! Depending on how this week goes I may be back before the end of the month, but I’ll be listening to my body and my mind to see how I feel first. Thank you for all sticking with me! x⠀
153/365 – Green Bean – I’ve slowly been making my way through the backgrounds that I painted a little while ago now. Some of these will be available on my Etsy, and then some others will be available in the craft and independent business shows that I will be doing in Swindon and the surrounding areas over summer! Lots of things happening behind the scenes at the moment..⠀
154/365 – Sunshine – It’s been super sunny in England these past few days and I couldn’t help pulling out this sunshine yellow colour when looking outside! What’s the weather like where you are?⠀
155/365 – Half – This has been a break that I needed to make, finding what I truly want to create, to make, to explore. I still don’t know what that answer is, but I know I’m starting to feel happier with myself. How are you feeling?⠀
156/365 – Falling Leaves – I wanted to try something a little bit different here, and just adding the falling leaves makes all the difference. It’s making me think of some designs to create in polymer. Yes, you heard that right, I’ll be playing around with polymer to create some earrings!⠀
157/365 – Little – I enjoy the symmetry some of my work is having at the moment. That simple repetition through different patterns or sizes of leaves. I often choose the leaf design depending on the colour and size of the painted shape in the background. I’ve still got over 50 of these backgrounds but some of these will be Etsy or show only exclusives, with each one being an original!
158/365 – Growing – Every time I draw a leaf, a branch, or something that comes from nature, I feel like I’m growing too. Does anyone else get that feeling too?
159/365 – Floating – With some combinations of the leaves and shapes, it sometimes looks like everything is floating. I sometimes wonder what it would look like in a frame, or mount.⠀
160/365 – Gingerbread Man – I don’t know how often you look at the shapes in the background, but sometimes they remind me of really simple things, such as jelly beans or gingerbread men. What do you see in the shapes?
161/365 – Forest – This one is a slightly different style to the other pieces I’ve drawn. Fuller. More forest like. It reminds me of the watercolour pieces I did towards the end of May with the layered branches. What do you think of the mini forest?
162/365 – Big – I’ve had some really exciting, and really big changes happen in the past few days. It has made me look forward to the future in my own careers, and I am currently in the process of making some plans. These plans will help me to de-stress and keep my head on straight. Sometimes I get too involved in the things I do, and these plans will give me the space to get some much needed fresh air. Can’t wait to come back and share everything with you x
163/365 – Sunshine – Was it me, or was yesterday just uncomfortably hot in the UK? I want to see a cracking thunderstorm and let it break some of this humidity! How are you finding the weather?⠀
164/365 – Changes – So I announced yesterday that I have some big news and changes that have been happening recently. I’m still making plans and setting others into place. Despite this, my Etsy launch is still going ahead! Don’t forget to have a look NEXT WEDNESDAY!⠀
165/365 – Style – I’ve enjoyed just creating these simple, natural pieces these past couple of weeks. It’s allowed me to still delve into lightly different styles, while also taking a break to find myself a bit more.⠀
Which has been your favourite this month?⠀
166/365 – Painting – Not only have I been adding to the collection of leaf paintings and drawings, but I’ve also been painting the house. We’ve had a room completely re-modelled and it’s looking absolutely gorgeous. I can’t wait to start using it as a little workshop area, so you may be seeing some different things from me soon! I’ve also got a little sewing area too, so I can sit down and have a relax there as well.⠀
167/365 – Almost Half Way – Can anyone else believe that we’re almost half way through the year? I can’t believe that my Etsy store is opening next week.. Make sure to keep tuned for some exciting products that I’ve got lined up for you with even more coming each month x⠀
168/365 – The past couple of days have been really big for me. I’ll be back within the next few days to tell you all about it. Let me just finish setting up some things first!
169/365 – Etsy – I can’t believe my Etsy store is opening THIS Wednesday! Many of the leaves will be Etsy exclusive products and you’ll be seeing all my greetings cards there too. I’m currently experimenting with clay and plaster, with a sneak peak coming soon.⠀
Comment an emoji if you’re excited!⠀
170/365 – Push – I pushed myself a little hard the other day and did too much. It’s given me a little setback with things but I feel like things are falling into place. How are you?⠀
I’m still exploring with the shapes and leaf designs – these could go on forever but I’m feeling some bigger pieces on canvas again, as well as a smaller collection.⠀
171/365 – Countdown – ONE DAY to go until my Etsy launch! I’m getting more excited about this as each day goes. In the meantime, I’m still drawn to these falling leaves alongside the climbing stalk. ⠀
172/365 – Scared – I’m going to be honest, I am super scared that my Etsy store isn’t going to be as successful as I hope it will be. I know from experience that there are good months and bad months, however there is always doubt. Any small/independent businesses here get the same feeling?⠀
Etsy store open TOMORROW!⠀
173/365 – Square – As they say ‘be there or be square’. Head to the link in my bio to check out my Etsy store which has now officially launched! I’m super excited for you to see what you can buy from myself and other independent businesses there. ⠀
Link in bio.⠀
174/365 – Invite – I got an invitation to an evening of music and art in a local gallery for this weekend. I’m so glad things are opening back up again and the majority of people are keeping safe while enjoying the things they love doing. Hopefully now, everyone in the village will go on a family walk at different times too!⠀
175/365 – Bean – I’ve still got loads of these backgrounds and sometimes that feels overwhelming, however the more I do the more I want to create! I’ve almost created 100 different ones now. Have you found your favourite?
Comment below!⠀
176/365 – Square Windows – These little squares peak out into the bright blue sky as the leaves and vines grow over. Finding these smaller leaves through the watercolour and fine liner pieces earlier in the month changed how I drew these shapes. There will only be a handful more as I move onto slightly different things next month!⠀
177/365 – Weather – With the weather being so rainy, grey and dark the past week, it was wonderful to spend the day in London with gorgeous blue skies a couple of days ago. It made me pull this sunshine yellow background for todays art of the day!⠀
178/365 – Climb – Leaves are something incredibly powerful. They help things grow, sustain life, and are ultimately quite beautiful looking. ⠀
What are your favourite plants?⠀
179/365 – Mixing Up – I’ve got a new job and got my weekends and evenings free! This means I have a select time that I can create and do artwork. I’ve been mixing it up a bit behind the scenes already which you’ll be seeing next month. Let me just create a few more of these first!⠀
180/365 – Simple – With all the dots and branches, I headed back to a simple leaf. Sometimes you cannot beat the basics!⠀
181/365 – Collection – Leaves has grown into quite the collection with almost 100 pieces! Each one is individual and sometimes I don’t understand how I can keep going with these but then I find another way to draw, another way to create. Project 365 has led me to do so many things that I wouldn’t have usually done. I’ve inspired, I’ve created, I’ve continued. The past six months has been a game changer for me and to look forward to what my artwork will look like in another six months time feels impossible. But I do know that I will still be here, and I will still be creating artwork.

Don’t forget to check out my brand new Etsy store – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CharlotteAbrahamArt

Etsy Store Launch

The Charlotte Abraham Art Etsy store opened today. This Etsy store will sit in conjunction with the store already on charlotteabraham.art, however there will be Etsy exclusive products released each month. Greetings cards, more expensive originals, and prints, will be available on both stores. Etsy exclusives will include cheaper originals (Under £50), as well as the most popular greetings card designs of the past couple of months.

As I experiment further with materials and products, there will be several things that you may not be able to find on one store, but you will be able to find on the other. On top of this, I will be attending several craft fairs throughout the year and these will, again, have exclusive products that are not available online.

Head over to my Etsy now to buy your original artwork and gifts –

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CharlotteAbrahamArt

Get To Know Me : Learning Curve

It has been a year since I handed in my final piece for my fourth year at the University of Reading. Since graduating there have been many times that I wanted to give up, to move on with something new and exciting, but creating has always been my go to. I’m going to take you through my journey, and my learning curve, of the past year.

Coalesce, 2020

I ended my final year at University at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic that swept the world. This installation was based in the family home porch, exploring the relationships of gravity, tension and balance through bamboo, twine and plaster. Each material and position aided the other. I could only pre-plan for this piece so far before the creation had to take over. I did not know the plaster and the bamboo would react with each other. I was physically involved with the creation of the sculptural elements as I had to climb in and between the cubes to mould the plaster and to wrap the twine. The overall sculptural installation was very solid, and even put up with two dogs running past it on their daily walks, twice a day, for over a week.

As much as I wanted Coalesce to stay up and be a permanent exhibition item in the porch, my parents were not happy that I was mixing wet plaster in the house let alone this staying up indefinitely. After I carefully (and also brutally) took the sculpture down, I did not know what to do with myself, or my artwork. The world has been in a strange place since early 2020 and I had just finished university.

I stopped.

That was my biggest mistake.

N from the Alphabet Series, 2020

Everyone says to take a break, but if you’ve just been running at one-hundred and ten percent, don’t just stop dead. I became physically ill, which on top of my mental health, just left me in bed and I did not want to do anything. At University, I had a structure and a purpose to what I needed to do each and every day. I had deadlines that I needed to work to. And then all of this was ripped away. This is the first year of my life that I have not been in education and adapting my life and myself to those circumstances has been the biggest learning experience for me.

I found retail work, so I had something to wake up for, as well as something to help get some money in the bank. Those two elements helped me massively, although I still was not being creative. This creative break lasted around 4 months. Looking back, that is the longest amount of time I have not created for. And as I said, it was my biggest mistake. I had no effort to create anything as I felt like I didn’t have a purpose. That’s when my partner suggested I start simple. I enjoyed creating the alphabet in the first year of university, and so I tried again. This led to the ever-growing Alphabet Series (that is available in my store). This further led me onto making my own store on this website.

In 2021, I started Project 365. If you’ve been to University to do an art degree, especially in the UK (I am generalising here), there is room to work with so many different materials and techniques. Due to space, I could only work in a sketchbook with the materials that I had to hand of paints and pencils. Project 365 is a challenge that I set myself to create something every day. Whether it’s a doodle, sketch, finished piece or making a kit, I needed to change what I was doing. This push to create, and more importantly to experiment and grow, has pushed my art further than I thought that it would. We sit here now, in May, and I’ve created over 150 individual artworks, entered several competitions and am just about to enter exhibition proposals. I’ve learnt that I needed that push.

Day 122/365

There was a psychology experiment that involved two groups of art students over a year. One group were told that they needed to produce the best work possible, concentrating on detail. They only produced a handful of works that they thought were the best works. The other group were told to produce as many artworks as possible, to experiment and challenge themselves. This group saw a dramatic change in the way they produced work, their knowledge of material as well as their confidence with their work. And that’s where I’m at. I’m building that confidence up, with the love and support of everyone online and who are close to me. I’m building my knowledge of material and technique by experimenting with all the materials and machinery and techniques. Building these up has changed my style, and I am finding that I am not planning my work, that I am going with the flow of the material that I picked up. I used to intricately plan each of my pieces, but putting that pressure on myself now seems futile as I get stressed when pieces don’t go to plan. After putting so much pressure on myself, I don’t want, or need that any more.

Everyone works differently, and that’s the beauty of both the human race, and the way it presents itself in the arts. I have had an extreme learning curve with my art practice this year, but I feel like it has been worth it. Even the bad moments.

Have you had a learning curve?

Project 365: April Review

Project 365 is a 2021 project in which I aim to produce an artwork a day and sharing it. These will range from sketches to paintings to sculptures. Some are available to purchase on my store, and some are experiments with materials. This experimentation will expand my knowledge of how I can use materials within larger artworks and expand my practice as an artist. We’ve already taken a look through January and February, as well as March, and we now head into the review of month four.

April saw me head more into geometry and experimenting with space. Leaves and the dotted shapes are a prominent part of my work and continue to be a motif throughout. I started a new project within Project 365, developing ideas for exhibitions. Looking back, I’m not sure what to say about April, as it was a busy month that leads into another busier month. I stuck my head down and just got on with it.

Project 365: Day 91: ‘Geometry’
Watercolour paint
I think I’m going to stick with the geometry for a while as that’s where I’m comfortable and enjoying myself! Currently playing around with the layering of shapes with watercolour. I’m thinking of swapping to acrylics soon but the watercolours are definitely easier to work with after a long day!
What are your favourite shapes?
Project 365: Day 92: ‘Playing Around’
Watercolour paint
Continuing to play around with shapes tonight and I found that the larger shapes work better than lots of small ones. I’m thinking about layering again with the leaves and patterns and working with acrylic too. I’ve got lots of other things planned in my head, ideas for the future!
Project 365: Day 93: ‘Pastel’
Watercolour paint
Working with a softer palette tonight which makes all the difference to the piece. Doing all these geometric paintings has really made me want to get a canvas out and start painting! Let’s see what tomorrow brings, painting or sewing, I know I’ll end up doing one of the two!
Project 365: Day 94: ‘Pastel’
Coloured pencil
I hope everyone is having a relaxing Sunday and enjoying the sun! I thought I would get back to basics with coloured pencils today, getting a softer approach than my usual water colour. The difference in material was appreciated and made me want to get onto canvases even more!
I also had to photograph the page upside down as it’s majorly curling from the water colour yesterday.
Project 365: Day 95: ‘Simple’
Graphite pencil
I kept it a short and sweet artwork today as I went home from work half way through my shift, not feeling well. It’s the first time I’ve gotten out of bed since then as I was determined to get some food and create, even if it is only a little something. This is also my ‘planning process’ for my pieces. There’s no actual planning involved, or preconception of what it is going to look like. I just know it’s going to involve geometry.
I hope your Monday has been good ✨
Project 365: Day 96: ‘Shades of Grey’
Graphite pencil
I decided to stick with the pencil tonight and keep it simple. Now I’ve delved into the world of colour, I don’t want to go back. I might see what this looks like in colour soon.
Project 365: Day 97: ‘Planning’
Acrylic paint
I did something different today. I planned my daily artwork. And then it all went wrong. The pink went all over the page and the paint wasn’t spreading as smoothly as the watercolours. I know I want to paint on canvas but I think I might need to brush up my skills, and patience too!
Working on my mental health at the moment so perhaps not feeling it ask much as usual.
Project 365: Day 98: ‘Yesterday’
Watercolour paint and marker pen
So this was yesterday’s piece but Instagram wasn’t letting me post? Rather strange, but here we are. I used different paper for this one so the watercolour paint and then the marker pen sat differently on top, creating a different surface. I want to continue experimenting on this paper but the amount of paint I use may vary because of the way it interacted with this one.
Project 365: Day 99: ‘Blank Space’
Watercolour paint
I forgot how powerful negative space can be. I don’t know why I left these spaces bare, without a thick coating of watery colour. It just felt right.
I also can’t believe day 100 is tomorrow! Almost a third of the way through the year and a third of the way through my challenge. My style has changed so much and I love that colour is such a major feature in my work now. Can’t wait to see what the rest of April brings!
100/365 ‘Yellow versus Day’
I was inspired by the negative space from the other day and felt like creating something a little different to the most recent work.
I’ve been busy creating for a few submissions this month. I’ll be showing some of them over on @charlotteabrahamdraws next week✨
Swipe to see lamp light versus day light >>
101/365
Tried out a new background when taking a photo of this one because it was still trying. Looking at it honestly makes me miss the plain background of my wall! I’m super excited for things happening in my life right now as this could be the first steps in a few big changes ✨
I decided to do lighter hues tonight because when I was drinking home it felt brighter, smoother, almost like summer. And I hope that translates through the paint!
Hope everyone has a good Sunday evening
102/365
Really starting to experiment with what I paint on and how I paint. A quick little one today with a book that I’ve read before and needed a revamp. If that’s what you could call this? Didn’t realise how much water would affect the page so looking at trying this out with some acrylics later this week.
103/365
Cracked our the marker pens that I bought a few weeks back. This was super satisfying to do! Might do a video of it next time just to show you. Can’t wait for all the exciting things that I’ve got planned!
104/365
I got a bit excited today when I started drawing. This is kind of the process that I go through whether I want to add leaves or leave it as a geometric design. I’ve been really inspired by a few other artists on here who work with geometry who have given me some ideas to develop my own work ✨
105/365 • Pop •
Did a live today of the making of the left drawing. It felt right to do this as a pair, experimenting with the marker pens I used yesterday, but on a stronger, heavier paper. It still bled through fantastically but I really feel like the colour pops on here.
106/365 • Birthday on the Beach • Had a fantastic day yesterday on the beach and enjoying the fresh air. I took my sketch book and marker pens, naturally, and decided to just make some marks on paper. I ended up with this quick abstract that flows, much like the ocean did.
I’ll be posting today’s artwork a little later
107/365 • 108/365 • Liberty Lady • This took me two days to build, a birthday present from my other half because he knows my love for Lego. If you don’t think Lego is art then I’m sorry but you’re wrong. The processes that go into building let alone designing this piece must have been extreme. I know I felt creative making it!
Who here has seen the Statue of Liberty in real life?
109/365 • Over The Hill • A little bit of a mixture of styles today. I enjoyed my mark making on Friday and want to explore with that loose style more, but I wanted to crawl back into my comfort zone with geometry. So, I mixed them together. I’ve got a few ideas from this now!
110/365 • Skies and Hills • Felt like getting back to basics with some fine liner pens today and reflected on the piece from yesterday. I made several other pieces but I feel like I planned them too much. Got lots more planning for pieces coming up ✨
111/365 • Doku • I mixed the Sudoku and leaf/splodge work I’ve been doing. I had to take a week off of social media just to clear my head. It’s made me think of what I really want to do with my artwork over the next month or so.
I hope everyone has been doing well ✨
112/365 • Testing • I got some new watercolours for my birthday so had to test them out in a colour swatch! They’re not the best quality but I feel like I could use them in mock ups for larger detailed pieces. I also went to hobby craft today and picked up some pieces that I think you’ll be seeing this week. Keep your eyes peeled!
113/365 • Leaf • I feel like I’m starting to find my style and block single colours are playing a key role in that. I’ve got a canvas on the go and a collection of growing works. Things feel like they’re going good.
114/365 • Square • Simplicity is sometimes the only thing you need in a complex world. All the patterns and designs that I could think of, let alone make, it makes me feel super excited! Can’t wait to show you what’s coming next ✨
115/365 • Still out to explore all the ways I can create and find my niche. I may be there for a while but I know things develop, especially when you spend some time and care in it. This is an A4 piece with powerful red and deep black. Simple.
116/365 • Satisfying • Do you ever get it when you put something away, or organise the look of something and it looks.. well, satisfying? Organising colours, shapes, materials. You name it. That happened to me at work sorting out the paints at work today and it makes me think of how these paintings will fit on a wall. Satisfying.
117/365 • Creeping my hand slowly back into the photos. I’ve been experimenting with the way I photograph my artwork. Do you like it like this, or when I held it up against the wall? Love finding out how things work and how to do something different ✨
118/365 • Third Done • It’s crazy how time keeps on ticking by no matter what you do. Four months have gone by in the blink of an eye. I’ve created over 120 artworks in this time and I’m getting into a style that feels.. me. This pink will come up in the next few days as I had left overs from painting my canvas and couldn’t waste the opportunity to create something new
119/365 • Splodge • I wasn’t sure how this one was going to turn out but loving the end result! Need to get the paints out again to create some more backgrounds and finish that canvas ✨
120/365 • April End • This is the last piece of April. This month I’ve found that I’ve grown into what I’m creating and am enjoying the working I’m producing. I’ve got a couple more of these pink pieces for the beginning of May, then I might switch up the colours. Hell, I might bring A3 pieces into the mix again!