Start Where You Are + Some Sketches

I'm discovering new ways of being at the moment.  

Drawing is the changing point from the invisible powers to the visible thing...
— Joseph Beuys


Now that I've got my studio set up, I'm slowing finding new ways of working; with all my supplies at hand (which is such a joy) and enjoying the luxury of having a dedicated space to make art. 

It's funny, I've waited so long for this to happen, that I don't know quite where to start, so I'm paying attention to what is on my heart and trying to do more of that.  Don't get me wrong, I've got many ideas, probably too many, so I'm taking my own advice (hence the title of this blog post) and starting right where I am now and that means sketching.

So, here we are - quite a mixed bunch of sketches but I'm enjoying every minute. 

The first sketch is from a photo on Pinterest of an English Edwardian actress called Lily Elsie. Apparently, she was quite famous at the time and I was just struck with her beauty and poise - something about her expression that resonates - not sure in what way but drawing her, makes it clearer somehow and sheds a light on something of myself.  

Next is a sketch of Helen Mirren, one of my favourite English actresses taken from a magazine I'd been reading.  As an aside, I saw her in a film recently called Woman In Gold.  Below is a short extract from the film:

The next two girls are inspired from photos and done in pencil.

The last 3 images are the same girl and taken from a clothes catalogue from Gudren Sjoden - (great clothes, by the way).  This girl was rendered in charcoal and you can see her progress.  I couldn't resist adding the colourful flowers in her hair.

So, there we have it.  What have you been creating lately?  Sometimes, it's necessary to start and by starting, you'll know where you are, in time...  

Keep creating.


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My New Studio + Advice To You

I've been busy, busy (total understatement) with finishing off decorating, going through our stuff, laying new carpet and generally simplifying our home.  The most exciting however, has been fitting out my studio! 

Gosh, it's taken so, so long this process but really it's needed doing for some time and now it's done, I feel a sense of accomplishment and the feeling that I can 'tie a bow' around such intensive activity for a while.  

Guy (left) and Mia (right) are so nosy.

Guy (left) and Mia (right) are so nosy.

I've never had a 'studio' before and I was desperate to have a space I could call my own.  So, we decided that I would make my art from one end of our really long bedroom.  We had some furniture custom made for the space which I adore and I was determined to make the most of the space available.  The room also has good light, relative peace and quiet and is convenient to the hub of the house, ie. the kitchen.  

Lots of adjustments and tweaking on these shelves with the placement of my items lol.

Lots of adjustments and tweaking on these shelves with the placement of my items lol.

I can't tell you how many hours it's taken to get to this point but I'm there, finally.  By the way, I've sold many, many books along the way and whilst this has been a hard process, it's also been quite cathartic.


So here's my desk!  In case you're wondering, the painting on the desk, is waiting to go to it's new home - Yay!  

As you may be able to tell, I've enjoyed placing sweet little items on my desk and getting organised.  It'll be lovely to have all my supplies to hand and out on display so that I can see what I've got with relative ease.


I know things won't stay very neat for too long but it'll be lovely to not have to put everything away each night from the dining room table lol.  

Things to ponder when setting up your creative space:

* How do you want your studio/art space to feel when you walk in?

* What aspects of your space can you not compromise on? For me, it was the custom-made storage space.

* How could you have your supplies as accessible as possible?

* Will it enjoy plenty of natural light?

* What will you have to get rid of to make the change feasible?  For me, it was mainly books.

* In what little ways can this space feel authentically you? I added little ornaments, a pink tray etc that make me happy.

So, good luck if you're setting aside some time/space in your home for a creative space.  Let me know how things have gone for you.


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