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What did I do with the last nine months?!

As I start university and go back to a more structured life, I have been reflecting on what I have achieved over the last nine months.  On the face of it, my brain often dismisses this time as ‘wasted’ and I find a voice in my head berating myself for not spending it more wisely.

Sure, there is more I could have done!   I never did get to walk every day, loose weight or do yoga / pilates daily 😦

And I still have a huge pile of books to read 😦

  • But I did establish myself as a street and mindful photographer (having never owned a decent camera before)
  • I launched two websites showcasing my work (reflecting-gosport and peppermintsea)
  • I kept up with this blog, which is where I really see my progress
  • I nurtured my creative urges until they became artistic practice, with me painting, drawing and photographing daily.
  • I started as an out of work business analyst and now I am an artist
  • I have exhibited three times and sold some work
  • I have learned to use several new media, including acrylics which I love painting with my figures!
  • I have participated in Free Art Friday for several months now and find it an enriching experience
  • I remodeled our garden, established a veggie patch and grew much of our veg this summer
  • I have learnt the value of seeing as much art as possible and trying to emulate what you love and take it further
  • I have entered several open calls (result still unknown)
  • I’ve explored my synaesthesia and how it affects my art
  • I have learned a lot about social media and what to pay attention to and what to ignore
  • I have produced a book of some of my darker photography combined with my poetry entitled “The Art of Loneliness”
  • I have started taking life drawing classes – to help me abstract the human body for a series I am doing
  • I have received unending support from friends and family
  • I learnt how to practice mindfulness and incorporate a deeper understanding of my psyche into my life
  • I have unraveled mentally from the stressed person I was in January, to a much happier, chilled out person now.

And because of all of the above I have started a Masters in Fine Art, something I never could have anticipated in January – so reading this list I can see that the last nine months were in fact extremely fruitful and extraordinarily well spent.

It’s official….. I’m an artist!

Well, I am not sure how it happened but the uni have accepted me to study an MA Fine Arts in September.

I am still in shock about it.    When I was made redundant in January and decided to take a few months to find my creative side (see the beginning of this blog) I had NO idea that this is where I would be a mere 5 months later.

So, now I have to accept that I am an artist.

And do some art.

Real art, meaningful art, art that moves me.

Yup, still in shock…….

Finally hitting my stride

Good morning!

I have been off work for over two months now and I finally feel like I am making the most of my time at home.  My creativity has been flowing – in photography and art and I have some exciting projects underway.

I have continued painting with the acrylics and have had a lot of fun with that.  I especially like painting with my fingers, it feels very real and authentic.

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I am thinking of wording to go above them, but of course they could also be greetings cards….

On thursday I was discussing how I see pictures with my husband – I have synesthesia (which I will blog about soon) and that might be affecting how I see the world – but I “see” photographs all around me and this has given me an idea of a photographic project – this is very exciting and I am enthused about what I am doing.

It is interesting that it has taken me so long to hit this vein of creativity.  I am a creative person but having a full time job, relationships, children, etc etc etc – real life – gets in the way and freezes the creative juices to such an extent that nothing happens.   I know that many prolific artists hold down full time jobs AND create, and I have done that at times in the past, but the last few years have been particularly dry.

Anyway, I am enjoying hitting my stride!

One a day photo challenge Day 8 – tulips

I feel torn creatively now, obviously I am excited about my photography and all my ideas of what I can do with it, but now I have the painting ideas too!   I was so absorbed in painting today, it was a while before I picked up my camera.   The sun was just peaking through the window (on what was otherwise a pretty drab day) and the tulips looked gorgeous.  So here you are!

I took this time from work so that I could exercise my creativity muscle and it is certainly working so far!

Did I mention I am also upholstering two chairs at the moment?!   Maybe some pics of them soon too.

No-one has taken my free art friday pic yet!   Not sure if I am pleased it is still there or sad that no-one has claimed it!

One a day photo challenge – Day Three

No sunshine today, I was on Skype with my daughter who lives in South America and was caught by a glass bowl on my dining table that was reflecting the light beautifully.    Obviously I waited until my conversation was over before taking the picture!

I loved the way the light causes squirls across the coloured glass.

I even dreamed that I could only take one picture a day last night!

Creativity 3 : Wasting time 0

I’ve been at home a month now and I have achieved a lot.  I have caught up with many of those jobs that just never seem to get ticked off the To Do list and I have started some exciting creative projects;

  • My photography is really rewarding – I am learning to feel pictures before I take them, to sit with a place and wait to “receive” a picture before taking it.  It’s not easy!   I still have a tendency to snap too quickly and too often.   I’ve finished the course* now, which I am sad about, it gave me some structure every week because I had an assignment to perform.  You can see results in my Flickr stream on the left.
  • I did some sewing last week, I made a shopper bag from some old curtains for my daughter – it’s been a while since I sewed for fun, I have always done mending but that’s hardly the same!  And now that I have room to have my sewing things out all the time, I hope I will play with the machine more often.  I was surprised how relaxing I found it.
  • The weather has finally improved enough for me to start looking at my new garden.  My jobs for the next few days are:
    • Paint the fences
    • Lay a base of concrete slabs for a new shed arriving next week
    • Redesign the lawn and cut out the new shape – adding compost and soil to enrich the existing beds
    • weed the front driveway
    • Start to sew some seeds in the greenhouse!

That lot will keep me busy for a while, not sure I will have much time left for other creative pursuits.  I haven’t even had time to waste time!   Unless you call Twitter and Facebook wasting time (and you’d have a good point) in which case I have.

One thing I haven’t had time / inspiration for is painting.   I used to paint all the time and I thought when I was home 24/7 that it would come back to me, but I have not found the impetus to do any, which saddens me.

I guess I can’t do it all!   Even if I am not working.

*You can find out more about the Mindful Photography course I took online here:  http://www.photential.co.uk/mindful-photographer/  – highly recommended to kick start some creativity.

Endings and beginnings

Tomorrow is my last day at work – I’ve worked there for ten years and I loved it.   I will be leaving some good friends – obviously I will stay in touch with some of them, but others will turn out to be “work friends” and I probably won’t see them again.

I am very sad about this and I will be glad when tomorrow is over.

On the plus side, I started my mindful photography course at the weekend and am loving it.   No matter how good you are at a hobby (and I am fairly new at photography) it is always good discipline to be taken out of your comfort zone and to complete assignments where someone else has set the parameters.  I might never take pictures like some of these again, but I have learnt something from everyone.   And getting feedback from a group, and seeing their work is always rewarding.   It’s very exciting.

I can feel myself unwinding and relaxing.  It’s good.