Almost done…

This wee character is almost done – since this photo he has been fully painted, aged and is now waiting his two or three coats of varnish (this always takes an age – letting one coat completely dry before applying the next one…)

I am hoping to have him in my shop tomorrow!

I have been taking things a bit easy this week – it has taken me longer to get over last week and the weekend than I thought it would and I have been working a few hours at my p/t job – easing myself back in gently.

Today was spent filling out applications for events – the cycle of this artistic life – making, documenting, attending events and exhibitions, filling out new applications, awaiting acceptance or knock-back and making again. I would highlight the things I apply for here but don’t like to jinx the outcome – you know?

Tomorrow I take work to my framers and meet a friend for coffee. That of course is a big plus point – flexi hours! Saturday is date day with my husband and Sunday I shall sculpt more characters. I like the to-ing and fro-ing – the rhythm of gently stepping from one task to another, of each day being entirely different.

A great weekend…

Marek, originally uploaded by gilfling.

Hello friends! I didn’t get to making my usual monday mosaic based on my flickr friends yesterday as I was absolutely exhausted after a long week of working 12-15 hours a day last week and then 2 days at SOCK at the weekend selling my wares. I will never get over how lucky I am to be doing a job where I don’t mind a bit working 70+ hours a week in order to ‘get-things’ done – I am very fortunate and enjoy every minute of it. Yesterday though, I had a much needed day off and spent my time pottering in the garden which was lovely.

The weekend was wonderful. My first fair of the year and the first event showing my new work in the form of these latest clay characters. It is always lovely to meet customers face to face, both existing customers and people seeing my work for the first time. I was a little nervous as to how people would react to my new work but am delighted to say that people were very generous in their comments and feedback.

Marek – the character above found a new home as did all the jointed characters that I made. As I was rushing to finish them right up until the last minute (Friday night – nothing like cutting it fine…) I did not even get a chance to photograph them properly and this chap only had his snapshot photo taken whilst the lovely lady was off to get the money to purchase him! As ever, I was more than a little sad to see him go as I was very fond of him but I either make this my hobby so that I keep everything I make or I get used to the idea that this is my living and just enjoy the fact that others like my work enough to take it home with them! Of course I am ever so grateful that they do. It means I can continue to make more and support myself in this strange world of creating for a living.

I want to do a proper post about the event at the weekend and also highlight some of my favourite makers who were also showing there as the standard really was excellent but that will be for another day – I am still exhausted and officially start back at my part-time job today after some time off. It has been a real luxury being able to focus all my attentions on my artwork these last few months so now I am just hoping and praying that I will be able to balance returning to my reminiscence work 2 days a week with continuing to create and make as I have been doing. I suspect it may be a little tiring at first although last week is a good indication that my energy levels are returning even though I was losing the ability to string a sentence together by Sunday!

PS I did bring 3 characters home with me and they are now in my etsy shop here, here and here.

PPS I received so many lovely comments here on my blog, my facebook page and my flickr site last week but just didn’t have time to reply to them all individually. Please know that I am so grateful for your continued support and encouragement. Thank you.


Plodding along….

Another quickie post and another work in progress shot. I have a head cold, protesting shoulder and back muscles and am working long hours to get some of these guys finished for SOCK, but I couldn’t be happier. I have 9 new characters in progress altogether – a mix of these anthropomorphic creatures and some more puppets and although I am not entirely sure how many will be finished for the weekend I am enjoying seeing their personalities being revealed one brush stroke at a time.

More tomorrow! x

Mosaic Monday 21st March 2011

Mosaic Monday 21st March 2011, originally uploaded by gilfling.

1. the morning after a mad moon, 2. wonderist, 3. silent_moments, 4. New Tumblers, 5. Untitled, 6. clay lidded vessel, 7. brucia, 8. Cradled-Tug, 9. Winding paths. Oil on canvas 90 x 100 cm. 2011, 10. The Wall, 11. Red Connecting Line, 12. 9birds, 13. creamcourt, 14. N92, 15. at my window, 16. pas de deux

I am absolutely in love with every single piece of inspiration in this weeks mosaic (as I am every week of course) – you might be able to tell if you view most weeks that I am drawn to dark and muted colours and lots of texture and atmosphere – all such an inspiration in my own work.

Speaking of which – I am currently preparing for a 2 day contemporary craft fair which I am exhibiting at this coming weekend – my first of this year. I have been sculpting away all weekend and have quite the collection of new characters gathering. I will show progress shots as the week moves along.

Meanwhile please click through to the individual artists pages of the above mosaic to see more – it is like entering another world of wonders.

A Moment in Time…..

I am delighted with this new painting. Even though my characters don’t necessarily look like me, they have my thoughts, emotions and dreams. I don’t have much of my own artwork around the place but I think I may be framing a print of her for our stairway.

I sometimes struggle with knowing when a piece is finished – when it needs no more and no less – and in this case I got to the point where I knew she was almost finished and then I left her for a couple of days – the painted tree on her dress and then another wash of ink were all she needed.

The original painting is now listed in my etsy shop with a print to come soon.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! x