Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I am still working away at the commission pieces. I did find time to do a couple of small works also though, but I have two more works to do. I will try to finish them in the next week though.
I am trying to get everything organised before I go away, but I have finished the main work that was needed for the end of the month. I will be busy next month with my trips because I have my fishing trip over in Galway for the opening of the trout season on the 15th, and my trip to the Van Gogh exhibition also. I know, it's a hard life... ....but someones go to do it.

Friday, January 25, 2008

I am still up to my eyes in work. I have had to change my websites over to another server. It then took days to get the email system sorted out since my old hosts locked me out of my webmail before I had transferred my saved emails and addressbook even though I had still 2 weeks to run on my account. The old hosting company took it on themselves to shut it down when I told them I wouldn't be renewing the contracts. Luckily I had the new host ready with the websites and I had changed the pointers over for the main websites before it was done. I'd have been furious if the sites were totally down for the three days it took to get back in. I am working away in the studio, mainly on commission pieces, but I want to start working on a few smaller works for sale. I will try to create a few quicker more affordable works for the summer. I have a feeling with the economy struggling sales may be down in general this year. Gallery sales were poor over Christmas by all accounts, even though I did quite well this year.
I will find it easier this year too with the reduction in my studio costs, though I'm sure I can find plenty to spend the savings on. ..........I usually do :)
I will get myself fully organised sooner or later, I should be able to finish off the front of the studio in a few weeks after the frosts have passed. I have a little bit of cementing to do and I don't want to do it while there is a danger of frost. I need to finish the commission pieces first anyway, earning is more important than spending at the moment and I like having reserves in the studio account.

Friday, January 18, 2008

I am still busy, but I have more or less finished the commission. I will have to start on the other couple of things I have to do asap though. I need to get into the art supplies shop though. I also need to get a new chequebook and bank cards though, and they are stuck in the postal until I get them delivered I can't really go shopping, because you never have enough cash to pay for the materials you buy, even when 'trying' to keep the bill low!!......kid in a candy store syndrome....I may try to get a days fishing in next week, I'm starting to get stir crazy just moving between the studio and the house. I didn't get into town, there isn't much point until I get my cards and sundries for the new bank account. The trials and tribulations of changing addresses etc. with the banking systems are bad enough, but changing banks is even worse. However it needed doing, there was no point in paying bank charges when I could get free banking elsewhere.
I had a meeting with a client earlier today, regarding the work he wanted me to do. Now I have a clearer idea of what he wants....... which always helps. I guess it's time to get back to business, I need to sort out my contact page on my website. It is totally #*^~# up! ARRRRGGGGGHHHHHH.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

I have been busy. I am working on a commission that requires quite a lot of work and needs to be ready at the end of the month. It will be finished though, so I can now almost start relaxing. It is difficult when you are under time pressure. I will be much more relaxed when I am finished. In the meantime I have a trip to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam planned later on, and I am looking forward to it.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Happy New Year

I haven't been posting since New Years Day, I have been a little busy painting. I am also in negotiations for a commission to design a number of concepts for promotion and packaging. It might be profitable. I have to start work on another commissioned work over the weekend too as the client wants it by the end of the month. I will have my work cut out for the next couple of weeks, but it is a good complaint. I still don't have anything to replace sold works on my website as what I had has all gone, and I have no other older works available than are already on it. I must try to create a few quicker works just to fill the site up again.