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
happy painting all...xx