Friday, July 3, 2015

From my desk this week - Bye Bye Boot Camp.

Hello from my desk this week. It's full swing of summer here in London and the school holidays are rapidly approaching. Boot camp has finished now. It seems like a good time to reflect over the last 6 months. 
It has been a very busy 6 months so much growth for my business. I think part of that is due to what I call the Boot Camp magic. I am really glad I took part and the investment of time to take boot camp a second time.
Last year was tougher as I was recovering from surgery and limited in physically doing the things I wanted to do with the set assignments. This year I really felt so much at ease with the assignments which has helped with real life client assignments.  
I had one really strong out come for me this time around. This was learning to use my creative energy and be mindful of when I was in the right frame of mind to create and not get so stressed out and enjoy the process.  I am more focused and positive about creating my work. I am starting to receive some positive out comes.
I have had work published in one book and another soon to be published,magazines,inquires from agencies,short-listed in competitions and now working real client assignments.  Great support from the industry Make it in design,Print and Pattern ,Hallmark Creative,Tiger printers ,Uppercase Magazine and Pattern Observer. 
I think it has really taught me the importance of  learning and growing your art practise. I am not sure if I will take Boot Camp again (  I might do still thinking about it) as I would really like to try one of  Make art that sells more intense course next year. There are other areas of growth I think I need to focus on.
I have also made some nice friends from Boot camp on-line and off line. The supportive community has been amazing experience especially when your  a work from home alone person.  I soon realised those everyday challenges experiences in a creative life are a global issues for all creative people and your not alone.
Here are all my pieces I made for boot camp the over the last six months below. I really am loving painting again. My work has really made a shift and a bit of a surprised how decorative and light and airy my artwork has become. I definitely drawing and painting more and loving it. My favourite assignment was painting on wood a new experience for me. It really reminded me of my childhood when I was really happy just spending making things in my room. 
I think that one of the magical things about boot camp is there is always a new way of thinking to try out new ways of working and not get stuck in a creative rut. I hope I will keep maintaining this in the future.
For the the next 6 months I will try maintaining the growth I have been enjoying over the past six months.

If your interested in Make art that sells courses check out the link here.

 Have a great weekend X X

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