No Going Back
Such a beautiful day here in Buckinghamshire. The sun has been shining for the last few days and I have been out and about in my short sleeves and sunglasses soaking up some lovely spring warmth. I know the cold weather isn't quite gone but it's been lovely to glimpse summer. Happy days indeed...
So much has happened since my last blog. I feel as if this is the first opportunity I have had to enjoy seeing friends freely since I stopped working just over 2 years ago. The pandemic has curtailed so much but it feels as if we can now move forward with some small level of confidence. Seeing friends on random weekdays is one of the things I looked forward to so much so it's lovely to finally get there. Consequently, I haven't spent anywhere near as much time in my studio as I should have, but it's nice to have a mix now.
I haven't spent all of my time out socialising, I have been getting on with my book which I am so excited to say is all committed and will be 'on press' before the end of this month and with me before the end of April. Setting up a 'Store' on my website was also a learning opportunity! If you would like to Pre-Order for delivery towards the end of April please see below. All Pre-Orders will be signed.
I can't even begin to describe how exciting this all is not only from the perspective of actually having a book but having the confidence to see it through to the end. In terms of personal growth, it's probably unparalleled.
Book now available for Pre-Order
My first self-published book charting a time in my life where I say goodbye to a challenging, exciting and entirely unpredictable career in the Finance Industry and welcome a new life prioritising all things creative.
For many years my work/life balance was entirely skewed towards my career and while I knew that I needed to regain some equilibrium it proved much harder to achieve than I could ever have imagined.
This book charts that journey through the two years it has taken me to find balance in my life. My imagery during this time reflects this roller-coaster in a more transparent way than I could have ever described using words alone.
Effervescence in Print
I haven't focused entirely on the book, I have been ploughing on with some prints although at nowhere near the rate that's needed. It's been good to have a balance between screen and hands-on and I have loved printing some of the images from Effervescence.
As ever these embellished Acetate prints are almost impossible to photograph properly but hopefully, they are clear enough for you to be able to see what I have been up to.
For now, the focus needs to switch back to printing and I am excited to be getting back to doing something hands-on again without distraction. I am exploring using the Acetate in different ways too so more on that in the blogs to come... I certainly feel it's time for some experimenting.
So that's all for now. I am going to venture outside and sow some seeds for my vegetable patch, something I vowed I would stop doing given the time that it all takes but the empty greenhouse and raised beds are calling me, very difficult to resist...
Stay safe everyone and happy days are definitely ahead I think. As ever, please let me know what you think, I will always reply.
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I wish you much success with your book. I think that publishing a book is a huge undertaking but in the end I’m sure it will give you great satisfaction.
Your latest images are, as usual, imaginative and captivating. As for me, I have been dividing my time between photography and watercolour painting, although I have to say that the former is far easier than the latter!!.
Thanks for taking the time to comment and apologies for my late reply… you are right, the book has been a huge project, far bigger than I thought it would be when I made a start. It has also been quite exhausting creatively and I am wondering what to get on with now that it’s all finished. I am not putting any pressure on myself and am just pottering about the garden and tidying up my studio taking my time.
Good for you for giving watercolour painting a go… it’s something I keep thinking about but I don’t think I have the patience to learn something quite as difficult. I wish you good luck 🙂
Take care and thanks again
very much looking forward to receiving the book i ordered –
just wondering when you might be posting them ?
take it easy
Firstly thank you so much for placing an order and for supporting me…
The book was printed a few weeks ago now but it’s all still with the bookbinders. I had expected it to be with me by now but the binders are taking an absolute age – it’s getting really frustrating and really quite stressful. I really hope you are able to hold on for a little longer, I am reluctant to give any dates in case they are missed but I desperately hope it’s here soon.
Take care and thank you again