Thursday, 24 May 2018


Things not to say to a self employed artist or crafts person...

So........ You don't have a job?
Erm, well actually I do - I am a self employed artist

So....... you are not working then?
NOoo! - I am working - I work for myself 

It must be so lovely not having to work and stay at home
I am at home BECAUSE that is where I work

Are you in? I've not much to do, thought I would pop in for a chat
I am in......
I have lots to do..... really.working.really.

Hi, saw you were in the studio, is kettle on? Got some really interesting news to tell you
Feigns smile, grits teeth ... great!

I love your work, really do - I think my aunt/uncle/husband/brother etc would love it for his/her birthday/anniversary  (whatever) - but I could get it cheaper from X - can you give me a better price?
Errrrr No!
I'd love to buy that piece of work but sorry I forget to bring enough cash - do you take cards?
Sorry no I don't

I'd love to buy that piece of work but sorry I forget to bring enough cash
Not to worry, I take  can take car payments now
No thanks, I don't think I have enough wall space now
Sorry? then why did you ask in the first place??

Throw the ball, throw the ball, throw the ball! (wag wag and hopeful huff)
Not now Moss, hang a mo' just need to put a layer varnish on this slate

Can I play in the garden now please? (prrr prrr)
Erm - Pepper, please love get off my painting...

Can I sit on your lap? (face pat and nose bump)
Erm Pepper, not now,  could you please get off my workbench!

Can you feed me now? (yowl meow meow)
PEPPER! gah - Ok ok  you win... let's go in.

All of these plus a few more variations on a theme have been said to me over the last year... The last two 'conversations' courtesy of Moss and Pepper will probably continue...

Thursday, 17 May 2018

What's happening this weekend?

Well,some of my art and I are off on a jolly to 'The Emporium' held in Trawden Hall. So that is Sunday taken care of :)
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Monday, 9 April 2018

Have paintbrush will paint!

So .... with a shuffle of my feet ... what have I been up to?

Well quite a lot and quite a lot of nothing.

But with the sun comes inspiration and motivation.
And with deadlines comes effort.

At the end of the month I am part of a mini 'secret' open studios,
in May I am exhibiting at a fayre,
June (...well... I'll explain that later)
August I am displaying and selling at a large agricultural show
and in October is TAM2018.

So, got to get my paintbrushes busy.

Oh, let me explain about June ...

For the last three years I have taken part of 30 Days Wild run by the Wildlife Trust
They ask you to post a story a day about the wild life around you.

This year I shall be participating again however with a twist.

I shall be posting an animal painting a day, 
each one will be for sale and at the end of the month 
I shall be sending a percentage of the total sales to the Wildlife Trust.

Each daily post will have a short story related to the painting, 
including the price and the cost of postage and packaging.

Part of me is excited by the adventure 
and most of me is wondering what on earth I have let myself into! 

I will also be sharing the posts on my arty facebook page - kjsutcliffe artist 

Monday, 26 February 2018

I don't just paint in acrylics..... I 'paint in felt'

A quick stop-motion-movie of a commission I completed last week.  A hare that had to ...have large ears, be full of character and generous chops'

Think I did it (well if the reaction of his new owner was anything to go by - I did!)

Friday, 23 February 2018

Stop motion Goldcrest

Since moving back into the summerhouse studio I have felt quite inspired. 
Thought you'd like to see what I did on Wednesday ....

A Goldcrest - I can't claim the photo I used for inspiration,
 I follow a facebook page
 where the members submit images they have taken 
and I fell in love with this particular photo. 
I asked the photo-owner if I could use his image 
and he was kind enough to say yes.

I'm glad he did :)

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Popped in to say hello

Been a little busy recently-
Getting ready for a fair this weekend... 
Going with a group of fellow artists from TAM 
We have nicked named ourselves 
'TAM on Tour'
They are a good group of nutty folk
I fit right in.
Of course! 
Fingers crossed :)

Friday, 5 January 2018

Moving forward

Due to the weather being less than inclement,
due to the sudden downtime over the festive season, 
I have been busy in the background,.
Like starting my new etsy shop,
which entailed taking lots of new images, 
which was 'fun' with the low light levels, 
And also priming boards for a new series of paintings
I have in mind,
 watch this space :)
2018 - I've got this !