I tried to write a novel in November but it just wouldn’t come together. Last night at about 1:30 as I was getting ready for bed, a line popped into my head that I had to get it down. Then another and another and I started typing and next thing I knew I had written over 3500 words and the story just kept appearing. I was tired by this time so I got into bed but brought along a legal size note pad and pen just in case of inspiration.
I turned out the lights. That’s inspiration’s cue. Light on.
I started writing, writing, writing… filling page after page.
I considered getting back up to the computer to type but knew that Twitter would be too big of a temptation. All it would take it one “Hey guys! I’m writing!” tweet to derail my future career as aWriter. No. I would not tweet. I would just keep writing.
It’s an incredible thrill for me. Creating characters and their lives is a world I’ve barely let myself dip into. It feels like I have been giving the entire wardrobe for an elite theatre company and told I could wear any dress I want. There’s a little bit of me, or the me I always wanted to be, in every character. It’s kind of a way to break free from my life and it’s restrictions and live a little without the pesky realities. While it is a fictional story, much of it is based on my experiences and those of people I know.
I fell asleep sometime after 5am and woke at noon, surprised to see I had written 6 full pages and made notes and timelines on several others. I kind of felt like I had written the first chapter of my book while I was asleep. Now I’m super tired so I think I’ll nap, which means hopefully, chapter 2 is on the way!
** Looks like I have a few great applicants for this! I’ll make decisions soon!
When I first started painting I always wished I had someone to wash out my paint brushes. I often paint late into the night or early the next day and my poor paintbrushes sit over night or worse… for days.. soaking in murky water. I’m the reason I can’t have nice paint brushes. But I digress. I am looking for a magical sort of person who can help me move forward into my art career. I am happiest when I am able to just be free to create and feel terribly bogged down by the organization and sales of my art. I like to have my hands in everything but I don’t have the patience or technical skills to prepare my work for online sales. This position would be perfect for a student who is interested in art (If you need volunteer hours we can use those up first during the initial set up), or anyone who loves art and has a bit of free time on their hands. This is more a labour of love than a way to supplement your income. This will be a 3 month position with the possibility of longer. Compensation will be paid by 25% commission for all online sales for the 3 month position period. My website uses WordPress (which is pretty easy) with a Photocrati theme and an eCommerce store. The store is closed right now because you haven’t put anything in it! 😉
Duties will include but are not limited to:
- Scanning art (I have a scanner you can use), recording, editing (watermark) and uploading to website.
- Website maintenance. Fixing up the crap I mess up and posting new work.
- Keeping track and assisting with online sales/deliveries (see how much we’re making!)
- Helping me set up Esty or other marketplace accounts.
- Work can be done from home/online but you’ll need to drop by once a week or so for new pieces.
- Positive attitude
- Creative thinker
- Ability to find solutions but also know when to ask for help!
- Computer literate/Photoshop or other quality photo editing program
- Website stuff/WordPress knowledge or willingness to learn
- Patience. 🙂
If you think you are up for the task, please have a look at my art and see if you like it enough to see much more of it, and if you are… please email me! Tell me a bit about yourself and why you would want to do this. firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. I have a really busy summer coming up for 2014. This position could work into helping with art shows/festivals.
** I’m in the Argyle area, just down the street from Clarke Road Secondary School.
When I got hit on the head (and haven’t been the same since), I gained many great qualities like my increase in creativity but I also got many more challenging ones. My inabilities to concentrate, prioritize, put things in any sort of order… it’s not that I can’t do it, it’s that it’s a mental struggle. I feel my brain being challenged the way I felt my body being challenged whenever I take up one of those monthly fitness challenges. An aching body hurts but it’s satisfying. I imagine if I ever accomplish this goal, it will be satisfying to me too, but right now it just feels like the business part of art (which I greatly dislike) is taking me away from the creative part.
The goal, and it has been for the last 2 years, is to make my products more available and accessible to people. I have been asked for designs for water bottles, cell phone covers, stationary etc and of course it’s possible and probably easy for someone with an attention span longer than 4 minutes and 20 seconds but for me it’s a huge challenge. There are many steps. I figured if I shared my plight with you, and you see me on the internets and in social media land, perhaps you could kindly remind me that my art is better than my tweets and to get organizing my art. Here’s what I have to get done:
- gather all the art
- choose which items to sell
- give it a name/number/price
- Scan or photograph each piece
- watermark each piece (for pete’s sake)
- upload it to my website store
- sell all of it
- spend my winters in Cuba
So far I have gathered over 50 drawings and doodles into a binder and there are close to 69 bajillion paintings around but many will be painted over if I don’t soon restock my canvas supply! Okay. That was a great distraction from what I was supposed to be doing. Good talk. I’m off to art now.
My favourite thing to draw and paint is the female body. Beautiful curves , luscious lips, flowing hair… When I first started drawing and painting I created many many nudes but was (at the time) embarrassed with my fixation and packed them up and started painting my second favourite thing… trees. Now I love my trees and everything else I paint but I find lately that more often I have gone back to painting women (albeit mostly just me or variations of me) and I feel like it’s a secret world to my art. Different than the rest.
Very few of my early nude creations still exist but I suspect many more will emerge as I’m much more comfortable with my own sexuality, the female body and my painting skills are improving. These paintings (below) are quick pieces I do to warm up to paint.
I love water colours.
Do yourself a favour and pick up a cheap water colour set and some card stock and make some creations yourself.
I triple dog dare you.
Thanks to your retweets on twitter, Heather Senoran, a Fanshawe College Broadcasting student found me and my website and decided I was interesting enough to interview. I was in the middle of a move, I had the flu and it was a long day but Heather managed to edit my 3 hours of babbling into a nice quick personal interest story for a project at school. I had a wonderful time talking to her and feel she did a great job summing up who I am and how I got to be the way I am.
Now I can barely remember my life before you came along…
While I appreciate my breaks from you once in a while, you are always on my mind and in my thoughts.
“I’ve got to tell facebook about this”
“I’ve gotta tweet that!”
“No! Don’t eat anything until I get a picture for instagram.”
You’ve given me best friends in Uganda and Australia and the midwest USA. You’ve made me crush hard for people who live the absolute further distance possible. You’ve cost me nights of sleep and months of productivity.
We’ve laughed together, cried together, got enraged and calmed down together.
Together we have raised awareness, raised funds, reduced stigma and learned to laugh at ourselves.
We are literary wonders with limitless lexicons, pitiful puns and awesome alliterations.
Facebook was my first love and I thought I could never love another. I resisted twitter as long as I could but it sucked me in and after a few years, 3 twitter accounts and a fairly serious twitter addiction, and a complete social media meltdown… I have learned to balance my social media a little better. Ish.
I love how we can rally together to fight evil to shut down accounts of those who spew hatred or banish a child pornography account. I love how tweeters will donate to fundraisers of fellow tweeters, or how a job opening can be filled within 4 retweets.
Most of all I love the support and encouragement that I have received from my fellow social media friends. When you ask what I’ve been painting or compliment my work it means so much to me that you took the time to see what I’ve done and I hope you’ll take the time to see what I’m all about. When you check out my website… that’s huge for me. I appreciate you.
Your support, through retweets and word of mouth, has given me many excellent opportunities such as art shows, interviews and sales. That’s mind boggling to me. I volunteered to do the photography for a fundraising event for literacy programs in London and 3 separate people came up to me and said”I love the painting I have of yours.” 3 people! People I wouldn’t have thought of off the top of my head as having paintings of mine!
THIS IS EXCITING!
My month long exhibit at the Pond Mills Library branch will be taken down on Wednesday. Thanks to Kevin & the Pond Mills gang for having my paintings for a visit! I hope they made some new friends. The Harvest Moon painting that is at the library now is going to a Literacy London fundraiser (check this out! Adult spelling bee! http://selfproclaimedmuse.com/892-2/spelling-bee/ )
For November… what’s in the works?
Art wise… trying to catch up on my back log of promised work as well as some new pieces. I’m loving watercolours, lately. I hope to make some sales before Christmas because I have been bartering and donating a lot of work lately and I’m out of roll of canvas, need new brushes and am running low on paints. I’m thinking about note cards if anyone has some suggestions…
Writing wise… instead of writing a novel in November (NaNo) I’m going to start my autobiography. I’m really excited to share my stories with you.
Now it’s 5 am and I went to bed 6 hours ago. Thank you twitter. (yes, that’s sarcasm)
Thanks for being who you are to who I am.
Much love xoxo
Guess what? Exciting news! Eight large paintings and several small drawings are having a sleepover at the London Public Library ~ Pond Mills Branch, for the month of October. I was minding my own business on twitter, showing some of the art I was working on, when a friend I follow, who happens to be a librarian, told me that there was art space available to rent at a ridiculously low price ($15 a month plus HST for London residents) and ask if I would be interested in putting up a display! Would I? Oh yes please!
If you get a chance to drop by and see my work, please let me know which one you liked the best. Thanks for your support!