Friday, 11 December 2015

Peonies...


I decided this year was going to be about attempting to catch every opportunity tossed my way... it turned out that that led to things being beyond mad for most of the year. I have been trying to keep all sorts of creative balls in the air for the last two months especially, and it was inevitable that they would all come crashing down in a heap. I am no good at juggling at the best of times, and  suckers were coming at me like I was in one of those crazy ball enclosures in a play centre. I was drowning in the things. But the great thing is that now I get to decide which balls I want to pick up again. 


painting for me is totally going to be a priority. painting up this watercolour peony was just so perfectly fabulous... I am not letting that drop off again.

plus I am going to focus on more teaching... I really loved teaching delicious paint this year, and I have two others in the works plus a couple of free tutorials and things, so it is exciting to know that 2016 will be all about the classes. If you want to be kept up to date on all the info with them then scroll up to the top of the sidebar and sign up for my newsletter... I promise it won't be coming out too often and spamming your inbox... 



The other big thing I am going to keep doing is the large abstracts that a designer now stocks... I love seeing them in the shop and they are great fun to create... so it is in the mix

So all of this means that time is looking a bit full so I have decided to scale back the illustration and only take on jobs that I really want to do. A couple of companies are so amazing to work with and I love doing work for them so they will continue for as long as they want me, but otherwise I am only taking on jobs that really excite me

The print shop and all that will happen as it happens, and the housework is also being de prioritised as always... it is time to step out of the ball pit and get painting... I am working on scaling up the peony watercolour onto a 3 ft square canvas... it is just starting to emerge
happy painting all...xx


17 comments:

Neesie said...

That canvas is going to be exquisite! It makes me crave summer when I can enjoy my peonies in the garden.
I can understand all too well about the play centre... only it's not much fun when the balls are being thrown at you! I plan to have a think how I would like the new year to progress. I've got to take stock and get my priorities right this time.
I'm so thrilled that you will have more classes to come because not only did I really have a brilliant fun time with you... I actually learnt so much too. Put me down for them all!
I'm also thrilled to bits that it's all going so well for you. You deserve all this success and more... you're so talented!
Enjoy your peony xoxo

dkatiepowellart.me said...

Oh my the peonies (my other favorite flower) are so beautiful. I am SO happy for you.

Niki said...

The peony painting is fabulous! I really enjoy seeing your creative efforts, and love hearing about your process along the way.

Enjoy!

Lynn Richards said...

Incredibly beautiful, Tracey. I'm glad you said yes to everything, because look what's come from it!!!!

Lynn Cohen said...

Your flowers are beyond exquisite! How exciting that you have so many avenues to go down and can make money doing it all! I'd say hire someone to clean the house then! It's always my last priority too. I try to have company over at least once a year. That forces us to not only pick up, but clean behind a bit. I hate when guests are coughing the whole time from my dust! Enjoy your creativity! You have so much! Xo

Jennifer McLean said...

Look how popular your classes are gonna be? It'll be such fun to play with you and Neesie again. As she said, "sign me up for them all". I'm all in. Your peony is so gorgeous I can't even express how great it is. Mom totally drooled and commented she wants one that's 4 feet tall! I think that canvas will be spectacular. Good on you for figuring out your new year already. I gotta do that, on my list for soooonn. Talk soon, promise!

Linda Kunsman said...

Oh Tracey your peony painting is freakin awesome!!! I am thrilled you will be doing more classes as I do hope to sign up for at least one of them. I was so disappointed to miss your summer online class(I think it was thru Community Thrive?)Can't wait to see how you finish that large canvas too!

ZenziB said...

Can't wait to take another class from you Tracey! I learned so much from Delicious Paint. It was great fun.
Your peonies made me think of the deliciously fragrant peonies from my childhood. Yummy!

Jo said...

Wow!! Is all I can say, Tracey!! love seeing your work on IG, too!!

Rita said...

Oh, they're gorgeous!! Can hardly wait to see the larger canvas in progress.
I'm glad you are picking and choosing only things you love now. That's absolutely fantastic! Enjoy this coming year. I think it is going to be monumental for you. Just fabulous!! :)
Say hi to Phoebe!

Kate Robertson said...

Your peonies are amazing. So exquisite they pretty much glow. I love seeing your work.

Kate

Joy Corcoran said...

It's great to hear you're making a priority of your painting. We only get a minute on the planet and it's fine to juggle for a while but when it's time to focus, it's best to let the the things we love and need to do have our attention. Your peonies are so full of life as is the abstract. Paint more, teach some. Never clean the house :)

Sandra Busby said...

Ooh I love this time of year! It's when we are all feeling inspired and setting new goals for the new year... So exciting! If you have a year half of successful as 2015 then it's going to be awesome... Again! And I am so excited for you!! I'm excited for me too because next year I should be able to paint twice as much if not more! I can hardly wait! Those Peonis are beautiful by the way... It reminds me of some of your earliest botanical posts. Stunning! Xx

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Sounds like 2016 is shaping up the way YOU want it to be. Gorgeous peonies. Can't wait to see the scale up big version. xox

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

The Peonies actually took my breath. Simply beautiful. You are so busy and now that it is "organized" busy I can see you accomplishing all that you take on. Have a happy Christmas.

Sandee Setliff said...

You are quite the entrepreneur and I love the peony painting, just fab!

Giggles said...

This print is so gorgeous and significant in my life! It's not only my favorite flower but it was a bush that signified the end of school and beginning of summer when I was a child! I loved taking a bouquet to teachers...then in my dream home there was a bush also this colour in the back yard. When it appeared the first year it was a total happy surprise! Love your abstract too...looks fantastic in the store with those items!! Glad you are prioritizing before you melt down!!

Hugs Giggles