I am truly fortunate to be allowed to showcase some wonderfully talented photographers at Floating Lemons Photography at Zazzle, and I'm starting off with the absolutely delightful, adventurous, super-creative Shireen Zainudin-Lowe who is making her mark over at her blog, GoddessMoments. Pop over there to view the true extent of her talent, you won't want to leave.
Back to basics. I love my work, I really do. Even when I spend hours uploading images to my stores and whine and complain about it, I still love the fact that I can work from home at something that allows me to enjoy my art. It's just that sometimes the work gets in the way of the art itself.
So, in order to preserve what little mental health I have left, I picked up my pencils and my battered, rusting, metal watering can and decided to draw it from several viewpoints. Everything looks different when approached from another perspective and it's a theme I keep returning to, though I've lost my way a bit recently and have forgotten to look. So here I am, trying to see again.
I've just begun, but thought I'd share my progress anyway. These are being drawn in my extra large moleskine and I have at least three more 'looks' to do. They're rough sketches and aren't meant to be polished up too much but I do still tend to get carried away and find myself unable to stop (yes, it's a problem in other aspects of my life as well) ... the watering can on the top right corner being a case in point. There are times though, when things don't have to look or be perfect, sometimes unfinished rough edges can be just as satisfying.
It's wonderful to be just sketching for a bit. I am still playing around with digital paint in between but this is my true therapy. Just thought I'd share. Cheers.
I must have previously mentioned the masochistic streak that hides in the shadows of my creative mind only to sneak out when I'm not looking, and somehow convince me to commit insane acts--that eat away at Time I no longer possess--such as opening up another store at Zazzle. Photography.
Let's face it, I'm no Photographer. Wouldn't even place myself among the ranks of amateurs, though my digital (and idiot-proof) camera is leading a good life collecting reference material for my drawings. I take photographs ... that's about it.
So, why a Photography store? Well, for one, so that I can put up stuff like the Red Chair above, originally a photograph (taken by a friend no less, thank you Marina!) that was placed with much enthusiasm into Corel Painter 11 and painted over. What on earth does one call a piece that's the result of having fun yet is not an original drawing? A photo-illustration of course. A digitally manipulated photograph. It stands to reason that I had to create a whole new store in which to place these creations of a different category to my original art ... just to avoid confusion, you see. Right?
Secondly, I have a few friends who are wonderful photographers. And I wanted a place in which to show off their beautiful creations. They will be added, slowly but surely, to the collection at:
At the moment only my Red Chair is up. I placed it against a background and onto the Zazzle products and am now working on putting up some "real" photography by Shireen Zainuddin and Rosana Musa. Meanwhile, here are a couple of examples of the result of my first bit of fun:
The card comes with white envelopes, I created the above envelope just because I do love designing them, and they can be bought separately.
Everything has been in dire need of change for far too long now. Being Queen Procrastinator, it took me a while to finally get down to it ... and as you can see, I've started with a redesign of this blog. New banner and a bit of a decluttering. About time, yes. It's nothing hugely exciting but I'm no professional designer and have an extremely limited understanding of complicated web html, css and what-nots, so this is about as good as it gets for the time being! Something simple ...
I joined Spoonflower.com and have begun creating fabrics with my illustrations. We have to order and approve fabric swatches before the material can be put up for sale, and I ordered different types in different sizes. Here are my starter pieces:
Am ridiculously pleased with them. I've turned the two Little Robin pieces into tea towels, and am not sure of what I'll do with the Cupcake Hearts and Rabbit, but I'll think of something. And I'll carry on creating more fabrics with my older art pieces. Meanwhile, you're welcome to take a peek at what I have up there so far at: Floating Lemons at Spoonflower. Cheers!