Long time no speak! Things haven't ran smoothly here on my blog since March, which I'm sure is something that everyone can relate to. Today, I am going to be updating you on how I have been keeping creative this spring-turned-summer under the gloomy cloud of Covid-19. So, why not take a break from sunbathing in the back garden and read on with me?
Over the weekend, I asked on Instagram which topic you would like to see me tackle in my next blog post and, overwhelmingly, you agreed with Olivia's suggestion: the pros and cons of freelancing and working for yourself. In this blog post, I can only speak from my own experiences and, naturally, everyone has a different point of view. Anyway, here is my take on working independently.
Don't miss my Q&A with Aimee at the bottom!
Following Brad Pitt's Golden Globe win earlier this month, I shared My Masterpiece on Instagram — which you can order now. Much to my surprise, my phone became bombarded with notifications as my likes started sky-rocketing. I knew something was up. As it turns out, B.J. Novak had kindly been tagged in the comments... and he actually responded! Also, prepare yourself for a serious dose of cuteness because we got a teeny-weeny puppy!
I was thrilled to have been invited to Employability Day this year. Flashback to November 2016, it's been three years since I attended Employability Day as a stressed-out student in my final year at University of Sunderland. So, I took it as a real compliment to be invited back to my old stomping ground. Only this time, the shoe was on the other foot...
Here we are, British summertime is officially around the corner as May came to a rainy close yesterday. Despite the unlucky weather, this week has been shining with reasons for me to celebrate! Monday marked the beginning of The Takeover Exhibition at The Customs House in South Shields. By Tuesday, I found my own double-page spread in the local newspaper...
Today marks Day 53 of the 100 Day Project. After a miserable May day in not-so-sunny Sunderland, I thought this was the ideal moment to check in and report all of the exciting highs and mundane lows of my creative journey so far. For those of who you don't know, the 100 Day Project is a challenge popularised on Instagram where a person practises their passion and posts about it for one hundred consecutive days. So, let's dive in.
At long last! After high hopes, interrupting illnesses and weeks of waiting, I finally got to experience the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in my hometown. Following a captivating lecture last month with Martin Clayton from the Royal Collection Trust at Windsor Castle, which I wrote about in my last blog post — I was expecting nothing short of amazement to see Da Vinci's works with my own eyes.
Yesterday marked International Women's Day 2019 and women all over the globe were spending their time celebrating, loving, protesting and resisting. What made me decide to really get involved with International Women's Day 2019 was my commission for the North East Equality Awards 2018. My project celebrated 100 years since women in the UK first achieved the right to vote. Producing artwork which was socially aware like this made me feel proud. I knew I was saying something worthwhile with my creative voice.
To me, Leonardo da Vinci meant the Mona Lisa, the Vitruvian Man and The Last Supper, all while making a conscious effort not to slip up and accidentally say Leonardo Di Caprio. Little did I know about the extent of Da Vinci's colourful career, until yesterday when I attended the most enthusiastic lecture delivered by Martin Clayton, Head of Prints and Drawings for Royal Collection Trust at Windsor Castle. Not an everyday occurrence in Sunderland. Clayton's passion was absolutely infectious as he discussed everything from Da Vinci's greatest works to tidbits of information that painted him in a much more human light.
Dreaded January. Naturally, I was expecting the post-Christmas blues from the Monday of months. Much to my surprise, however, the New Year kicked off to a very interesting start. At long last, you can now order art prints directly from my website! Limited edition prints have been on my to-do list for ages. I am exhibiting two of those illustrations for sale in a cosy pub called The Cannon Inn which is tucked away in the country village of Earsdon, Whitley Bay — but that pales in comparison to California!
The North East Equality Awards 2018 marked the fifteenth year of the event. On a much more personal note, it was my first ever solo show! Not only was this the largest ceremony that Equality North East had organised to date, it was held this year at the Hilton Hotel Newcastle Gateshead with over 360 guests. In such a prestigious venue, this was a big deal for everybody involved.
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