First ArtWork Sold!

I have sold my first piece through my online gallery!

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It is quite a surreal feeling, and I am still not sure if I can call myself ‘an Artist’, but I am coming around to the fact that I shall be shipping my Art: ‘The Passion Behind Her Eyes’ off to be proudly displayed in someones home, who have chosen her specifically, and who will look at her and go: ‘oh that’s lovely’.

My Art? Someone has purchased My painting?  For Their home? Crikey.

How about that? ūüôā

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Born Procrastinator!

I previously shared how excited I was about beginning to study and how there was going to be no time to be brandishing my paintbrush upon any canvases in the immediate, foreseeable, future as I was going to be hard at it etc.

The past few days have consisted of awkward shifts at work, chokka weekends, also we now have the worlds most slobbery, excitable, loved up, mahoosive St. Bernard come to stay for two weeks which my cat, Sylvester, (who is an ‘only child’ and has never met a dog, let alone one the size of a bear with A.D.D) is not best pleased about. ¬†Safe to say, as he spent the night outside on upstairs’ windowsill and then the best part of 5 hours under the bath (no I correct myself; behind the wall which he got to from under the bath. ¬†Please do not ask how he got there and how we got him out).

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am also still on random shifts at work which means working this weekend and nights next week. ¬†I shall take this opportunity to add my partner is allergic to cats, and so he is of no use what-so-ever with dealing with my awkward, only-child, snob of a cat. ¬†Yes, I called my cat a snob.. can you not tell by the picture that he is a fussy, awkward bugger? ¬†I don’t molly-coddle him either, he obviously just takes after me far too much!).

So this is going to be an entertaining two weeks!  I can be thankful though, that the bear of a St.Bernard is used to cats so at least she is not chasing poor Sylvester in laps around the flat, he can just quiver in the corner of one of our rooms in peace.  She is called Molly,  Molly Moo.  Molly Moo is the most loveable thing I have ever met, all she wants to do is play, and bark at cars while sitting in the middle of the road, and steal footballs from children (or any toys from any willing children for that matter).  You can never be mad and leave her outside in the garden for too long for slobbering all over your suede handbag, she is just a big dumb cuddly bear!

 

 

 

 

 

Despite all this ruckus (how do you spell that word?!), I have in-fact managed to¬†wield¬†my paintbrush over some canvas. ¬†I have found no moment to pull together my brain and gear it up for any serious studying, but I have created three new artworks! ¬†I figured, if I cannot be productive one way I can damn well still channel my frustrations this way ūüėČ ¬†Praise procrastination!

Sharing (&Selling) My Art With The World!

New art is being shown and available to purchase through my gallery:

http://www.artgallery.co.uk/artist/zowie_taylor

So exciting! I am chuffed to bits, feeling more and more like a ‘real’ artist everyday.¬† It is one thing expressing yourself through art but it is another thing having thr balls to put it out there and open yourself up to millions of people, making yourself vunerable to judgement and critisism (as if¬†critisizing and judging¬†yourself is not enough already!?).

There is an immense satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment in seeing my paintings included amoungst so many¬†fantastically talented and¬†accomplished painters on this gallery.¬† I never could have¬†predicted I would be going in this direction with my hobby, this time a year ago!¬† Just goes to show, anything can happen, as the great Seasick Steve once said. ūüėČ

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I am starting a bookkeeping course this week online, and I also have an NVQ Level 2 in Customer Service that¬†I should be paying more attention to, so I will be putting the paintbrush down for a bit.¬† Hopefully¬†I will find some time to write about one or two of my musings in the next coming month.¬† No doubt I will need to vent some frustration with regards to trying to find a quiet moment to get my very stubborn brain to consentrate on becoming a ‘student’ again.¬† Why I thought Bookkeeping would be a good idea for someone like me, I forget.¬† Oh yes, the¬†notion of making lots of money somewhen¬†down the line.. that better¬†happen!

Check out my gallery, I hope you like my stuff. xx

New Art Work!

So instead of catching up on collage work on my two days off, I of course got stuck into and completed a new piece of artwork!

These are my latest editions, I am having so much fun experimenting, learning.. each painting has it’s own wee storey behind it (if I told you each one you would be here forever!) but most importantly just creating something and being able to say ‘I did that’ is the greatest thing for me at the moment. ¬† Please take a look and enjoy ūüôā

Celebration 

I threw all thought out of the window on this one and had not much plan at all. ¬†The canvas (but it’s not a canvas, it’s actually a piece of thin MDF type board I found outside of someone’s door that I stole), ¬†was actually going to be something completely different, I think that’s why I love this painting it completely grew into itself and it’s a piece of board I found on the street. ¬†Personally, you cannot get much purer than that in a piece of art in my opinion.

I wanted to add the quote from Desiderata on this piece (which is written along the outside of the thigh). ¬†This has become a piece of artwork that to me represents life and what you can make it. ¬†I found a huge dirty piece of board off the street, scraped of the paper and used tissue paper saved from gifts, whacked in some sand from an epic day at the beach into the acrylic and created a pretty decent piece of art. ¬†Just goes to show, it’s what you make of it.

Untitled

This piece is again on a piece of board I rescued off the street (I think I have made a habit of this). ¬†When I was younger I was at odds with a lot of things in my life, including myself. ¬†I used to sit in my room on my own a lot, listen to music, smoke pot and draw. ¬†One thing I used to draw quite a bit of (and I wish I had saved my drawings now I am ‘an artist’ as I could capture them like I never used to then) was faces. ¬†Split faces, to be exact. ¬†It was like a representation of how I felt in my head, split between to types of people, torn in two with trying to figure out what the F*** was going on in my head being a confused young person. ¬†This pastel and acrylic creation is a partial of how I remember I used to create my face back then. ¬†Being older and (a little) wiser about myself I could not capture half of the anguish within it like before, but I am glad I have created something from my past. ¬†I was never able to introduce colour into my sketches back then, It’s nice to know I have learnt a little ūüėČ

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dreamer

Dreamer is kind of a self portrait.. It reminds me of myself, in my own little world, my own pleasant bubble, just thinking about all the things that makes me happy.

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled

This artwork is inspired from an earlier piece I created as a gift for a friend.  I wanted to create a bigger version of the lady once I had improved my technique.  I think she may be my currant favourite lady, just because I am so happy with the way I have captured her wings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled

I am not quite sure why this one is untitled, I was sure I had a name for her as she came into being (Maybe it is because a certain Dorchester keeps taking the micky out of my ability to only create fairies!?). ¬†I know he is joking, but in defence I love fairies and angels, they can represent so much. ¬†Anyhow, this picture here is my first accomplishment with clouds. ¬†As simple as they are and as this picture is, I am quite proud at this little detail. ¬†Most of my pictures are fairly abstract and expressionist, so every little realistic detail I get my brush around is OK in my book (Anyway Sod Him, I would like to see him try and paint a fairy). ūüėČ

Keeping the juices flowing.. (Take 2..)

I have two days off this week, so hopefully this will mean two whole days of painting time! ¬†As it happens, now I have figured out how to do these photos and written the blog of what happened to alleviate the pain, it is now 2.30pm..(Please see ‘Techno Failure Rage’).

I have found that finding the time to sit and become immersed in your creativity at the same time as your creativity wanting to get in line is a tricky thing.  All of the day to day cr*p we deal with that demands our time, as well as making sure we do not forget the people we share our time with, does not generally leave much time for ourselves.  Whether it be a soak in the bath with your favourite book for an hour, finding a couple of hours to go through your blogs andfellow bloggers/Twitter/FB Page or sitting and studying for a couple of hours, or just hopping on the train to go and see your best mates new place, time seems to be so much shorter for all of the things we want to fit in.

 

Scheduling a bath or whatever is one thing.. but you cannot schedule your brain to study or paint (Well, I cannot seem to do that, anyway).  So my plan is going to be two to three hours for study time and blogging (it has taken me three hours to write my blogs and re-do this one) which should be ample time for my brain to get in gear and then that canvas is going to be all mine for the full day..  a bottle of wine, my Chinwags from Dorchester, a couple of canvases, some good tunes = Good times!

It is all I shall really get in the next couple of weeks to finish my two projects, the coming weekends are pretty full. ¬†It is my Knight in Shining Armour, Dorchesters’ birthday next weekend we have a chocca weekend planned for that (of which I cannot speak at this time *wink*) and then a lovely lady friends’ birthday the next so it is all go at the moment!

Together with shift work at the telesales office I unfortunately work and seem to be stuck at (of which a few people around this small globe can most probably relate to in some way, I am sure) grabbing a few hours of pure unadulterated shameless cleansing for the soul can be tricky.

Every day I try and remind myself that even though there are so many things grabbing at you, demanding your time, testing your sanity, chipping away at the protective shield you have tried to keep built to protect what resistance you have from the Cr*p that keeps testing you, there are still so many things to be thankful for..

Thankfully I can look around and count on one hand, some wonderful things and people that keep my bubble from popping, and I can keep painting some pretty OK pictures ūüôā

 

Crystals Painting

This painting was my first work of art in five years, created for a much loved friend of mine for a gift.

It is quite a simple painting, being the first attempt at anything in a very long time (you will have to excuse the bad quality photos of these early ones, they are the only ones I have at the moment!), but I think the colours used alone create an atmosphere.. a solitary figure that stands out with bold colour and strength.

Which kind of describes my friend.  Even though she has had more than her fair share of troubles she still smiles, laughs and continues to drive herself on to get to where she needs to be.

So this is a little post for you, my Crazy Mistress.. you are an amazing person and we love you! ūüėČ

Giraffes!

My oldest friend in the world is obsessed with giraffes, so naturally for her Christmas pressie being an aspiring artist and all that, I made her Giraffes! ¬†(I have also made her giraffe gingerbread to keep with the theme, I’m pretty good at them). ¬†This picture was put together with a watercolor effect of blue acrylic, gone over with white pastel for the sky, pastel for the grass and tree then back to acrylic for the leaves and the giraffes themselves.

These guys are awesome, although at the time I was not convinced (bit of a pattern emerging, here). ¬†My Oldest Friend has recently moved and now placed in her hallway, they are not all that bad and they look pretty happy I am quite proud to say ūüôā

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