Friday, 11 September 2015

I Didn't Break The Internet...

To say it has been a full on week is the understatement of the month... I was going to write understatement of the year, but it has been kind of a manic year so that seemed a bit excessive. I spent the week working on creating a website, and any of you familiar with my tech skills will know that the idea of me doing any such a thing is scary. I could bring down the whole freakin internet quicker than a Chinese hacker just by trying to change domain names and things... but other than a brief time when www.traceyfletcherking.com disappeared while www.traceyfletchkingblog.com came into being it all went pretty smoothly. Of course now they are both happily existing, well sort of getting on rather than living happily together just yet, and apart from about 12 squillion links on pinterest that now need to be adjusted to the new blog address, things are a bit smoother.


It was time to take a step and create a website as I have been getting more and more illustration enquiries and I needed a place to send them other than the blog because I really didn't want to be too grown up here. If I don't have a place to be haphazard and as crap as I want then I think my brain will leak out my ears, so I am keeping this as it has always been, and creating the website as a hub for illustration work, selling prints and classes and things... all the stuff that requires a semblance of decorum and professionalism, or at least the appearance of it. Of course it is still a bit haphazard over there but it is going to be a good home I think, and as I unpack the boxes in my brain and get the shop organised and things I am starting to feel more comfortable with the process.... and it has already paid off as two new enquiries came in for quoting already so maybe the angst is going to be worth it. 


All of the brain hurting and anxiety induced by taking what feels like a big step, has been offset by lots of play with paint and lines and doing some little experiments. I like the idea of blobs of paint with things drawn over them, so there has been some playing on scrap bits of paper. I like using scrap paper because then i don't get too precious and the drawing of chairs has come about as I start to think changes to the interior of the house... and the little man came about because I saw one a tv show that had been painted up so their little wooden model looked all cool and funky and I am thinking I will need to do just that... it looked kind of awesome, and now I am thinking that maybe I need a shelf of the miniature ones all painted in different colours... fun to be had there I think.


Of course with the whole effort to be more professional and all that I have been thinking new business cards, and some stickers for packaging and things so I have have an excuse to play with paint and masking fluid... play time has been rampant this week and my shelf above my desk is looking very inspiring and full of paint drips. Downside has been I didn't get a week on a page done, but this week I am going to combine the last two weeks and it is progressing slowly... the paint drips have been very distracting


In fact they have played on my mind so much I have started playing with scaling them up and making them larger. This beauty is on my desk waiting to be played with so I am going to leave you there and get back to it...
happy painting all...xx



35 comments:

Rita said...

Congrats on the new website and I hope it brings you lots of work. Building a website is beyond my comprehension. Best of luck with your new venture.
Love the drippy chairs!! :) :)

laurie said...

best wishes on the new site,, I am so inspired by your work, you encourage me to do more, take more risks and be more loosee goosee with my paint, thank you for that my friend,

ZenziB said...

Hooray!

Giggles said...

So ambitious...not used to seeing you play so much...it's a nice change! Very well done! Congrats on the website conversion....anything I did computer wise this week was a nightmare!! Glad you were successful!

Hugs Giggles

Dia said...

Playing, when, WORKING on a website can be daunting!!
Love your little inky scribbles!!
And nice idea for the business cards! I've played with entertaining my initials (NAK, I'm also a King!!) For years!
Happy PPF!

Clare Lloyd said...

Lovely the chairs. Good luck with new site. Happy PPF

Miss Marple said...

I simply love the lightness in your work! Happy PPF - Irma

cjsrq said...

Those chairs are just too much fun - what great painty blobs and sketches of wonderfulness! Your new web site is looking good!

Sandra Busby said...

I'm glad you finally got your website! It looks fabulous already! Very grown up, which I have to say is most deceiving, because the Tracey we know is anything but, lol! :0)

Ginger said...

Love those times when play is rampant and you get to enjoy being surrounded by drippy messes - Yay! I love all of these - I have been itching to play with watercolor lately and this is inspiring my weekend time for sure. Best wishes on your new site.

Linda Kunsman said...

I admire your tenacity for building your own website. Yikes-I would def. wimp out and use my son! It's always a joy to see your latest sketches and I LOVE the chairs especially!

Tammie Dickerson said...

SO COOL! Your work has such a fluid, airy feel to it - as if painted from within a dream! Wonderful, as always! Happy PPF!

Carol said...

Congrats on the successful website creation... i used to able to figure those things out... but I think those brain cells have vacated the building. Love seeing all of your "PLAY TIME " too ♥

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Forget about breaking the internet, just thinking about it breaks my head! Good luck, you are moving and shaking now. xox

Faye said...

Lovely new way to play with paints, Tracey!

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely and creative work ~ love your flowing style!

Happy Weekend to you,
artmusedog and carol

sirkkis said...

You've been busy, congrats for your new site. Love your paintings, the chairs are tempting ♥

Valerie-Jael said...

You have been having fun with paints, great fun, love the chairs. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

Denyse Whelan. said...

Crikey.. In a good way! "Growing up" from blog to adding professional website is HUGE & I applaud your persistence & drive but also glad you found time to play! Cheers! With a cuppa of course. Denyse

susupetal said...

Congrats to the new site you smoother hacker than all the Chinese :D

Love your chairs, beautiful colors and design!

My name is Erika. said...

That's exciting to make a website. I have thought about making one but am not up for it yet. And once again I love your pieces. I can understand why you are getting offers because your sketches are so bright and fun!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Congratulations! There's lots of exciting things happening in you life right now, with the professional website and redecorating your home. I'm glad to hear you'll keep this blog to share your humorous side, which I've always enjoyed. I love your sketches over watercolored blobs. Blessings!

Fallingladies said...

Wow, you're new site looks wonderfully beautiful and sophisticated! Congrats!

Christine said...

Love how the splashes of colour complete the paintings so beautifully, congrats on the new websit, much success going forward!

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Congrats on the new website! As always your art brings such joy. Have a great weekend
Nicole/Beadwright

Ayala Art said...

Awesome chairs... they look alive with those colors :oD

Sunshineshelle said...

I love the fact your art is never stagnant, you play, you experiment, and every single time, you create something lust-worthy, I could see your gorgeous work just as easily at home framed in a living room or in the pages of a 'Frankie' magazine :) Also have a love/hate relationship with web/changing emails etc, sucks up to much arty fun time ;) have a great weekend Trace!

Julia Dunnit said...

Loving the chairs and the fiddling about with your name and initials and all, how exciting! Mostly though, love that you see fine such things as drips....how casual you are about your skills!

Wanda said...

I love the quote by CS Lewis...You are never to old to make a new goal or dream a new dream. You are living your dream and reaching your goals...What could be better..... I love loose watercolor and you've mastered it. Congrats on your new venture. Blessing and success. and a few hugs.

Beverley Baird said...

Congrats on the new website - quite an accomplishment. Love the watercolour paintings - so free.

Karla B said...

Best wishes on the new site. I love your work!It's magical!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Fab art - good luck with the new site!

denthe said...

Congratulations! Your website is looking very professional! Love the little blobs with the chairs, but especially the tryouts with your name. Playful and fun!

Indira said...

Congratulations on your new web site and best of luck for lots of great business.

I love all the playing you have been doing with your paints :)

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Abigail Davidson said...

Congratulations on the new website, and of course, lovely creations this week -- especially like the splashes of color!