Finding The Time For Creativity

I could see that today would be another day where I was busy with different things.  Not necessarily all urgent things but mostly important things that needed to be done to keep everything in my life ticking along nicely.   Just going through another day of getting things done.  I could see that even though there was a longing in my heart to sit down with colourful art supplies, I was ignoring it because I had all these other things to do.  I thought that if I could just finish all the important stuff and clear my mind, then one day soon I would finally have the time to just sit down and do my art.

But I read recently in M. Scott Peck's 'The Road Less Travelled' book that 'If we feel ourselves valuable, then we will feel our time to be valuable, and if we feel our time to be valuable, then we will want to use it well' and it is a quote that has stuck with me.

I remembered this quote today whilst eyeing my art supplies and taking care of other things and I decided that I would like to value myself and my time more and create something today. I had a million excuses but I decided to make my creativity important too. Not the pretty, 'perfect for instagram' type of art, nothing that will necessarily lead to anywhere else, nothing that has to look good enough to share online, but just splashings of paint and marks on the page to fulfil that part of me that needs to create everyday.  And so I just did it.  No thoughts behind these pages, no studying of composition, no planning, just picking up art supplies from my desk and just using them.  Here are the results:

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A lot of beautiful mess here and yet in amongst all of it, I see bits that I like and want to make note of.  Unexpected discoveries, lines and colours that one day could be used as inspiration for something else.  So in the freedom of just creating, there may or may not be the starting point for other works, but for right now, it's enough that I followed the whispers that told me to put paint on paper today. 

Stacey-Ann Cole Art January 2017 Sale

Hi Everyone,

I hope you have all had a good start to the year.  

I'm currently having a sale in some of my online shops where you can get 30% off almost all items!  The sales are on until the 31st January 2017.

The reasons for creating these sales, which weren't exactly planned till recently, are:

1.  To say thank you to all of those who have supported me over the years and to appreciate new customers too by offering my work to them with a generous discount.

2. To make space for new work that I will be creating in 2017.  And when I say space, I mean both literally and mentally.  This leads me to my 3rd reason....

30% off all Illustrated Notebooks was £4.50 now £3.15

30% off all Illustrated Notebooks was £4.50 now £3.15

3. I actually prefer my art to be out there in the world, whether I've given the art as a gift or whether people have enthusiastically bought it for themselves or others.  I don't really like the idea of having it just sitting here, being stored in my portfolios.  As much as I make the art for myself because I'm captivated by a theme and want to express myself or simply because it is the type of art that I would like to see more of, I do also create my art in the hope that it will have an impact on others.

30% off Original Watercolour Artwork such as 'Bathing In The Morning Light' A3 size (approx. 11.69" x 16.53" © Stacey-Ann Cole 2016.  Was £125, now £87.50

30% off Original Watercolour Artwork such as 'Bathing In The Morning Light' A3 size (approx. 11.69" x 16.53" © Stacey-Ann Cole 2016.  Was £125, now £87.50

So if you have some time, I'd be so happy if you would have a browse through my shops to see if there is anything that you would like and enjoy this opportunity to buy much cheaper than usual.

Click HERE to be taken to my Etsy shop and HERE to be taken to my Artfinder shop.

Black Christmas Cards

Today I launched some black Christmas greeting cards, which I hope my customers enjoy giving to friends and family this Christmas.  

 

I painted the main images using watercolours and then designed the rest of the card using Affinity Photo, adding text and other details. 

 

They are now available in my Etsy shop along with many other goodies here 

 

Find this card here 

Find this card here 

Find this card here 

Find this card here 

Thank you. 

Nature Themes in My Artwork

Lately I've noticed a few themes consistently running through my artwork and I decided to write about one today.  That theme is Nature.

This theme in my work probably stems from my desire to be closer to nature even though I'm not very green fingered at all.  It may also be influence from my Mum who loves gardening and especially loves trying to beautify my front yard with lovely flowers and plants.  She does a great job with this and I love arriving home and seeing evidence of her presence in the bright flowers that she plants for me.

I have a few indoor plants too, ones that don't need a lot of looking after like succulents, also supplied by my Mum and it really helps to make me feel a little less surrounded by technology all the time and much more in touch with nature.

Here are some of my old and more recent artwork which has a natural theme:

"Nature Spirit" Original Watercolour Painting, 2.5" x 3.5" ACEO © Stacey-Ann Cole 2012

'Walking In Spring' Original Watercolour Painting, approx. 8" x 6", © Stacey-Ann Cole 2013

'Appreciating Nature' Original Watercolour Painting, ACEO, Approx. 2.5: x 3.5", © Stacey-Ann Cole 2014

'Cherry Blossoms' Original Watercolour Painting, Approx. 11.7" x 8.3", © Stacey-Ann Cole 2014

'Sweet Nature' Original Artwork using Coloured Pencils, approx. 5" x 7", © Stacey-Ann Cole

'Nature Loves Her' Original Watercolour Painting, 5" x 7", © Stacey-Ann Cole 2016

'Transformation' Original Watercolour Painting, 8.5" x 6", © Stacey-Ann Cole 2016

I'm not sure if this theme will continue, but at the moment I enjoy including anything related to the natural world into my work.  I especially like the organic shapes and the colours and how this theme is inspiring me to draw closer to nature in other areas of my life.