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?
Life in lockdown has been a topic for the history books. Unlike most people, I usually work from home anyway - but that doesn't mean to say that haven't felt like a caged bird too. There's nothing I love more than getting out and about in my free time - from cinema dates to theatre shows, and general sightseeing around old and interesting places. But, as we all know, everything has been put on hold and the restrictions are only just starting ease off somewhat.
⟢ MAKING A MURAL IN MARCH ⟣
Remember all of those rainbows? Well, even though it was mostly kids who stuck up hopeful pictures in their windows, I couldn't help but pull out all of the acrylic paints that we had lying around the house. Our rainbow was family project which started with one failed attempt, followed by a much-improved final piece, and a lot of worrying about whether or not the paint would leave a stain on the glass forever. (Spoiler: it washed off just fine in the end).
The front window on our house is a four-panelled bay window. So, our design included a simple four-colour rainbow stretching over the two centre panels. Underneath, I wrote 'stay home' which was our government's mantra in the early days of lockdown. After that, we added some cute white clouds above and called it a day. On day two, I hand-painted 'love the NHS' on the two outside panels that we had left plain. This meant drafting out the letters on the outside, tracing it backwards on the inside, then going back outside and washing off the guide! We're happy to report that so many of our neighbours and passersby loved our mural - not too bad for our first-ever go of window-painting!
⟢ ACCEPTING A NEW JOB IN APRIL ⟣
The main reason why my blog has taken a back seat in recent months is because I was offered a new job! After creating this blog back in 2018, I am amazed to say that my time has been well-spent honing in on my creative writing skills. Now, I'm a freelance creative copywriter. For those who might not know what that means, I write for a local company - stringing together my best-sounding sentences using wonderful words to describe products and create blog posts. I actually get paid to do something else that I love, aside from drawing!
⟢ JUGGLING ORDERS IN JUNE & JULY ⟣
As if my new venture wasn't enough, all of you incredible people have been messaging me, left and right, about ordering portraits. I'm not usually this busy with bookings until Christmastime, so you can imagine how pleasantly surprised I have been to see my work life just ticking over smoothly for once. Let me tell you, it's rare! I cannot thank all of my clients enough for their continued support during this weird and wacky time of a worldwide pandemic. Work is pretty peachy for me and it is all thanks to you lot.
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