We started the Easter break end of this week, so nothing significant has happened in art front. But I discovered that my daughter loves taking photos. And she loves posing in photos too, but that part I knew already. I'm glad from now on I'll have some photos of myself, too.
Found her in my studio
She took this photo herself
I'm hoping that I can finish some work next week...
Last week when I was working on my moodboard for my blog's design I painted the background of this painting. I was very happy with it, but it didn't work as a background in my blog. But I continued the painting and the result is what you see above. It's really pretty and inspiring.
It can also be purchased in my Society6 shop as iPhone case/skin, iPad/laptop skin and cushion. (free shipping worldwide through 31 March)
When I was a little girl, I knew I was able to achieve ANYTHING I wanted. I still believed in my ability to change the world. In this photo I can see all this in my eyes. I was optimistic and was not afraid of anything. And I remember I was drawing all the time!
Then life happened. I don't think it was easy. I would prefer my daughter to have a better, happier life, but thankfully I came out of it kind of ok. But got a little bit brainwashed, as everyone usually did that time, so I lost all my self confidence and it was hard keeping the secret that I still wanted something else... A meaningful life, not only a "normal job" and a family.
Even though the pressure from the family was very strong behind me, I usually chose the "other" path. I wouldn't say the wrong path, but definitely not the one they would have wanted me to choose. Before I started with this, I got a degree though. I couldn't possibly risk not going for it, as my mum was always saying: "If you don't have a degree you gonna be cleaning toilets" Oh yeah, I was scared of that big time!
But I had big dreams, and I took every opportunity to make them come true.
During high school I was always drawing faces. And I was a huge football fan! I know my family was not happy about it. They didn't get me at all. Especially after I had the idea that I would visit the team on their training and got some signature on my drawings. But then the unexpected happened. They asked for my drawings! And then I got orders. From the #1 team in Hungary. Seriously? That's pretty cool, right? I asked for their football shirts in return, in case you were wondering... And that kept me going during college too.
In high school I was learning german, which I loved. So somehow I had this crazy dream, that I wanted to go to Germany, but not as a tourist, but for some other reason... You don't always have to know the solution, as I didn't know how to do this, but the main thing is, you have to recognize the opportunity! I almost fainted at the corridor when I noticed the announcement in college, that we could apply to go to Germany to study a semester there. What do you think happened? Yes, I've been there, it was the best part of the college! I love my dreams! : )
Then I went to Africa... I told you I had big dreams! : )
And now I'm living in England with my gorgeous little girl and I am an artist. I'm getting really close to achieve my biggest dreams now! How exciting! : )
I was about 4-5 years old in that picture. I don't know why adults have to take it all away. Why were we not allowed to dreams big that time? (As I said I did, after I rediscovered to believe in myself again... but I don't even want to go there to explain how they were reacting about all this) I so wish it was normal. I wish parents would encourage their kids to spread their wings and be happy. I'm so trying to do this, and watching myself continuously, if I notice any change in my behavior I'm gonna stop to think about it. But she gonna have to get a degree or two! ; )
What are your big dreams? Any of them came true already? Would love to hear your story! Please leave a comment below!
I created this moodboard as my Blogging Your Way, Blogboss e-course homework.
It was a great way to put together all my ideas I had about the look of the blog I would like to achieve. That's an other thing to figure out how to actually create it. Will see : )
I really loved the process of creating this moodboard, I'm sure I'll make some more just for fun. Have you ever created a moodboard? Would love to see it!
At the beginning of this year I was thinking of a word to define the way I view my business for the year. I decided by the word: "COMMITTED"
I'm very happy with this word, and I already feel the effects of my choice. I work on my business up to 16 hours a day and already ticked off a lot of big projects along the way.
- I had a long planned website makeover
- Added a new domain to my site, so now it is officially ArtByBeata
- Designed and ordered some new business cards, mostly because of the name change
- Opened a new shop at Society6, where you can purchase iphone cases, laptop skins, pillow cases and more, with my artwork printed on them. Pretty cool stuff! : )
- I started a blogging e-course with Holly Becker from Decor8
- Got myself a proper table and chair for my studio, so that I have enough place to work, comfortably.
- Also working on the living room, it really needed a makeover now. Will try to do another post on that soon.
Here are a few photos to show you a few things happened this week.
My daughter posing with the newly dyed curtain and our new plant.
Society6 cushion with my art!
Me and my new table and chair, with the new cushion of course. Photo taken by my daughter, not the best quality.
This weekend I realized something. Commitment also means that I'm longing for more knowledge. The fact that I paid money for an e-course already shows I was committed. I take the course to learn from a pro-blogger, so that I can be better at blogging. And now this fact seems to start something I never felt before. I keep on finding e-courses that I would love to take part in. If I could afford to.
- I would love to take part in Susannah Conway's Blogging from the Heart e-course
- And in The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design
- And I'm also interested in Make Art That Sells
I love making art, but to actually make money making art means about 10% painting and the rest is behind the scenes tasks. And there is always something to learn about to get even better. That's my plan for this year. To be my very best at all part of my business. Not an easy task, but here comes my word for the year again. I am ready to be committed!
Another beautiful blog. I love her writing style and it's very inspirational to see what she has achieved as an artist. Her blog makes me feel like she is a good friend of mine, because of the way she writes. Love it!
This beautiful blog is always full of color, it simply makes me happy. Very talented pattern designer, artist and writer, Jessica Swift is the lovely lady behind it. And I love her happy rain boots as well!
The next 2 blogs are from fellow students. It was quite difficult to choose, there are so many lovely blogs there!
This week was a very busy and successful week. I had a website makeover, which I am very very happy with. Here it is how it looks:
Then I had a blog makeover, which is not 100% ready yet, but I made a huge progress with it. My cushion cover from Society6 has arrived this week. Looks awesome! Will blog about it next week. I also listed some more prints to be purchased as iphone cases, laptop/iphone/ipad skins and cushion covers, so make sure you have a look.