Friday, January 30, 2015

Changed the name and the header!


What do you think?  You might think this is the last word in narcissism but there is a reason.  I embroidered my name for my artist thumbnail on Jennifer Nelson Artists website - here.  It took a few evenings in front of the telly as you can imagine so I wanted to get as much use as possible out of it.  I've had my old banner and website for three years and am considering my options for an overhaul.  I particularly didn't like the old name of my blog - 'Conversationally' - because I thought it sounded a bit trite - conversationals being the name of prints featuring little pictures, which is what I do.
So I thought I'd post my embroidery.  I could NOT get the right recipe of resolution and size (I tried to put the image above up there) so I ended up with just Victoria.  So now my blog is called Victoria?   Ha Ha.  It's a work in progress.  Any ideas?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Gold!!!




I've been doing a sketch type thing a day recently. A lot of people have started doing it and I think many of them were inspired by the sketchbooks of Jennifer Orkin Lewis, or August Wren, which are filled with incredible thirty minute paintings. You can follow her on Instagram (augustwren) as she posts daily.  
It's actually a very good practice, enabling the sketcher/painter to create without inhibitions (or even discipline) and really experiment.  Then the experiments fuel the 'real' work. 
This is how I came up with my gold floral above. It was a spin off of some watercolour florals I did, using masking fluid and ink, and curiosity led me to quickly try the technique with gold acrylic, gold being a big trend this season. 
This one experiment inspired me to go to the one and only local art shop this morning and go mad buying everything gold and some new canvases.  I'm looking forward to doing some very shiny paintings soon!! 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thank you!!

The launch of Jennifer's new agency was a huge success, beyond our wildest imaginings, and on Monday morning we all reflected on the generous and supportive response we got.
I'm working on Valentine ideas at the moment so I made this little dog with a huge bouquet to say thank you to everyone who so kindly sent their best wishes.  I love being part of a global community of artists and at times like this I really value having the companionship, support and advice that I receive daily from everyone.
I started building a collection under my own name three years ago, feeling like a very obscure needle in an enormous haystack and wondering how my work would ever get noticed.   I have a tendency to swing wildly between extreme exertion and complete inertia but I approached this with a slow, plodding consistency, tackling everything methodically, following a (very loose) structure I'd set up for myself.  This year I'm getting a sense that my efforts are coming to fruition.
A year ago I started a  goal journal, feeling sort of obliged to follow the protocol, to see if it worked.  It's a very sporadically-entered collection of ramblings but among the mess are some goals.  I recommend doing it.  Some of the more outlandish ones are actually being realized and its unimaginably gratifying to tick them off!!  I'm predicting that with Jennifer's help and my artist friends' support some of the other pipe dreams are also going to become attainable.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Represented by.......



I'm so pleased and excited to finally tell everyone that I am represented by a new agency...Jennifer Nelson Artists!!  I've got to know Jennifer over the last few months and feel like I'm the luckiest recipient of a wonderful opportunity.  I've enjoyed developing my career single handedly over the last couple of years and wondered how much an agent could add to my progress.  Then I spoke to Jennifer.  She's so confidence inspiring, brimming with enthusiasm, always available and a hundred percent engaged in our collective goal to get my work out there.  She has tons of relevant experience in our industry and is incredible professional - I'm just thrilled to be involved in her fabulous new venture.
In addition to being impressed by Jennifer herself I was blown away by her choice of artists that are also coming on board - Bee Brown, August Wren (Jennifer Orkin Lewis), Lauren Minco (now Lowen) and Monika Forsberg.  They're all phenomenally talented and I'm so proud to be associated with them.  Please, please go and have a look at the website - jennifer-nelson-artists.com - and look at our galleries.  I think they look amazing!!!!
If you'd like to see mine it's jennifer-nelson-artists.com/victoria-johnson