As a creative person my biggest problem tends towards knowing what to say yes to! I am easily led from one creative project to another. I'd love to say yes to everything- there are so many beautiful things to draw and things to learn. There are fabulous opportunities to market your work in all sorts of areas including home decor, editorial and children's books.
It's like trying to choose where to go on holiday - so many options.
This year I have been taking a lot of online courses, with the beginning of the year starting with illustrating children's books and then I took Lilla Rogers, Make art That Sells, Bootcamp.
It's been great to be guided and taught so many things and now the course has finished and I am free again!
Developing my own products for my stall at Sennen Market and fairs this summer is a lot of fun. It's been really interesting to get my work in front of people and to see their reaction to it. Having my work displayed in one place is useful too as it gives me a clearer idea of what I am creating and what direction to go in.
So, what's next?
I have some things that I want to work on. I haven't done much architectural or perspective work and this is something I would like to practice. I find it fascinating how some lines can create the illusion of space!
My little girl is also a big inspiration to me and her imaginary world often sparks ideas. It's time to develop some of them and build my children's illustrations portfolio!
I just have to get this exposed onto my screen and then I can start making some t-shirts! Yay! I can't wait! 💕✨😀
I love to get outside, breathe in the fresh air and shake off the cobwebs. I am really lucky to have the Cot Valley as part of my route and I get to watch out for rare Cornish Choughs which I sometimes startle as I run by. They rise in a pair, cawing at me disapprovingly, but I move on quickly not wanting to disturb them further.
Morning is definitely the best time for me as I love the atmosphere and the way that flowers are extra fragrant at this time. It's almost like a flying dream where you feel free and alone.
I get to run past a stream surrounded by sub tropical plants and then down a path that leads to the sea. The beach at Nanven is a really special one as it has perfectly oval rocks that look as though they are dragons eggs. The craggy outcrop looks like a giants throne and the view is breathtaking. I take a moment to stop and stretch here and drink it in.
Running has been a great way for me to improve my fitness after having Tabitha. I used to go for long walks with my dogs and surf regularly, but my 12 year old ridgeback doesn't like to go far now and timing waves with a little one is tricky.
I can fit running into under one hour and my absence is not felt too strongly. For me though I am free to release any frustrations and work through my thoughts.
At home I can be constantly asked questions and demanded to role play, but I find it quite draining after a while and running gives me the 'me time' I crave.
Being in this space makes me really happy. I find running challenging and I often feel pretty floored afterwards, but it's a good tired and I feel as though I have achieved something.
When I get home I am more ready to play. I have a clear head and feel as though I have found myself again.