Why I'm spending the next 30 days painting and drawing....

Hi everyone!

I thought I'd update you all on what's happening over here over the next thirty days. You might have caught me live on my facebook page yesterday. If you haven't, here's what's going to happen.

(or feel free to watch the video below)

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Hi, everyone seems like we're live. Are we? I don't know. I'm just going to assume we are. So welcome everyone. I'll give you a couple of seconds and wait for everyone to show up. Oh, hi Alli! I just realized it was almost 10 past I had to get started so much.

01:51 S1: So what I was going to talk about, depending on whether you've seen the email I just send or my post, or maybe you're just randomly here, I don't know. I wanted to talk to you all about what's been going on behind the scenes with me and how things are progressing now in my business and everything as well. So I just thought that a nice Facebook live video would be the best option.

02:47 S1: So while we're waiting for everyone to drop, I know with these Facebook live videos, it can take a couple of minutes for everyone to get the notification and see if they can join in. So I love to hear like, where everyone's from, and do you know me? Do you not know me are you just randomly here? Come say hi in the comments if you're watching. In the meantime, I'm going to go check on Facebook as well to see if I'm actually on. Hi Alli! How are things in Idaho? I'm really not even sure where Idaho is, that's really bad, haha.

04:28 S1: East of California. Okay. That's not where I would have put it on the map at all. Okay. So I'm sure we've given everyone enough time to drop in and we'll get started. So like I said before, I wanted to talk to you all about what's been going on behind the scenes and how that's affecting you.

And then just to reassure you, I'm not changing anything, I'm not taking anything down if you been interested in anything, but you haven't been able to watch don't worry. It's all still there. There's nothing going to change there... I would... I'm not one of those people who just take things out and goes, oh, too bad. You should have been a bit quicker.

So I don't know if maybe you've seen my recent post. I've been changing things up a bit and I've been sharing a bit more about what I've been... I'm sorry guys, my brain isn't the best anymore. It's 8.15 here already in the evening, so I'm sure you all know how horrible these evenings can be.

06:09 S1: Recently. I've stopped posting about the health and tips and recipes, and that's mostly because I had to change things up and make sure I only... I didn't want to lose my mind, so I've really been struggling. It isn't something I've posted about before, but it's definitely, I think probably about since February, March things got harder for me to handle health wise, not necessarily that my health got any worse, just that it's been going on for so many years, and we had a pretty sad sort of winter in terms of the weather and everything. So that really affected me. And if you've been here from while you'll know that I've been planning on moving to the beach, which is something I'm still working on, but it's taking a lot longer than I expected.

07:19 S1: So that's been hard for me because I do feel generally feel a lot better by the seaside. So it's pretty bad that it's taken, yeah, about a year now that I've been looking for a way to make that move happen, and I just haven't been able to so far.

So that sucks pretty much, like I was saying, last March, I just had to come up with something to keep me occupied and just help me to stay sane in a way. So I decided to start painting. I had this course laying round on abstract painting, I figured I had it, so I just decided to give it a go. Right?

So I got some supplies and just got some paints, some brushes, some paper, and I just got started and I really enjoyed it. And that's pretty much what I've been doing for all the months since March. I've taken that course, I've done a couple of things and it's really helped me to just give me something to do and just to sort of, survive these months between now and the move. So that's what I wanted to talk to you about.

09:19 S1: And also because from now, until... Well, probably about the days from now I'm going to be sharing a lot more about my painting and what I'm doing, and what I'm learning and the resources that I'm finding and just things that are interesting in general, the products that I'm using...

Because I found, and pretty much expected that I'm allergic to a whole lot of these products. So I've been trying to track down all of the still professional grades, or student level paint and supplies and that sort of thing, but just the ones that I'm not allergic to, that's something I'll probably talk about as well as resources that I'm coming cross and the new techniques that I'm learning and all that stuff.

So I hope that's something you'll enjoy. If not, then you just have to wait 30 days, and then we'll be back to our regular programming and just you know, I figured it was something useful to share. And maybe if you're wanting to do something creative, you can join in with me. You can maybe just look from the sidelines and... And see if this is something you're interested in as well and, that sort of thing.

11:01 S1: If you've either been time, or you just read my About page. You'll know that I trained as a pastry chef, which has always been a great, big passion, especially before I became ill.

Unfortunately, that just at some point, just wasn't an option anymore. I think for about five or six years, I just didn't really have any creative thing to be doing. First when I became ill that wasn't even that big of an issue because you're sick so...

That's sort of your main focus but now that I've been ill for such a long time, I think this is my seventh year coming up. I'm not even sure anymore.

11:57 S1: It's something that I wanted to enjoy again. And so the actual work as a pastry chef will be way too difficult. So that's not an option. But with the painting I discovered that's quite similar in how much I'm enjoying it and what I get out of it.

So I just wanna to share obviously with my background as a pastry chef, that sort of helps with the techniques and the colors and everything. So I have always loved art.

And after I graduated as a pastry chef, obviously that never happened because I got ill. I always wanted to do an art history degree. This fits in with what I wanted to do, and I hope that you'll join me on these thirty days in painting and exploring and everything.

13:01 S1: What I wanted to do as well right now, because I haven't really got anything to show you in terms of work because I'm just doing this on the dining room table. So that place over there is exploded.

For now, I've just a couple of books that I really enjoyed. And then we will take it from there. These two books because I started doing hand lettering as well, and I took a course in handlettering last fall somewhere, but I didn't really get into it because it just, I don't know, didn't feel right.

Then I got this book, which is Creative Lettering and Beyond. And that's really been helpful together combined with the course. It walks you through all sorts of exercise... There's like information first on different products, I'm trying to figure out whether this fits in the screen, you get the idea.

So there's all sorts of fun things and there's, the actual exercises were really interesting, so that it just walks you through step by step through all of the difference like letters and everything, and it just gives you pages after pages of exercises to help you with your hand lettering.

And that's been a really big difference in my ability to handletter so this is a great book to get you started and just a follow along.

15:06 S1: All you need to do the handlettering is just a regular pen And I did get some black ink because I didn't really like the idea of just using regular blue ink. I'll post that... Hang on, I can actually... I got this cool thing now, so I can show you here Creative lettering and beyond, that should give you...

That's the title of the book. And you can get these on amazon. I got this when I was in Cornwall. Well, I think I saw the inside of maybe three or four book stores because none of them had had them. Them? It's just one book. None of them had this book, this book. But the final book store I went were like, oh, you should go to that tiny, little independent, silly bookstore over there. They might have it. And they did, all the way in Cornwall, they had the book.

So that's this one that's Creative Lettering and Beyond. And then I've also got a book on drawing, which is this one, this is the Dutch cover. But as you can see, it's the English and Dutch edition. You can get them both the English, and the dutch versions on the Flow magazine website. I'll post that in the comments afterwards, of course.

17:08 S1: And this has different... This is one I've done just recently... I'm trying to figure out, okay, there we go... We can see the whole thing.

So this is just a different prompts for you to start drawing, little instruction step by step things and prompts and this cute little book, oops, falling out, this cute little doll... It's like those old dress-up dolls. Yyou can draw their outfit, this is some fun stuff that I've been using.

And it's got little like watercolor paper, and just different sort of colored paper and craft paper and different instructions and all sorts of things in. It's a cool drawing book there, for example, there's a... There we go, that's like a tutorial on how to draw a cosy blanket and socks. There's all sorts of things in here.

You can get the Dutch and the English version on the Flow magazine website, I think it's about 20 dollars for the book. I think the got free shipping for the rest of the weekend, so that's quite interesting across the world.

18:51 S1: I really liked this one as well. So that's it for now. I'll also link... Actually I think I can... Well, I'm supposed to be able to share my screen, but I don't really see the button to share my screen. It's not that important to know.

I'll come on here later and I'll in a couple of days and I'll talk to you about the courses that I've taken and maybe some of the materials as well, and if you've got any questions free to let me know either here in the comments, or just sent me a separate message on Facebook or an email or anywhere.

I did want to just reassure you again that there is nothing that's on my website or my blog or anything is going to change or be taken down or anything like that. That's it. And I'd love to hear from you. Bye everyone!

I'll do more of these live videos over the next 30 days so no worries if you missed this one. 

Why I started painting

I've been pretty burned out behind the scenes, is that weird to say when you're ill? Hmm, I don't know... I guess you do need something to keep yourself occupied, so.... 

I had to change something and do something again that I enjoyed doing. I trained as a pastry chef before I became ill so I always had something creative to do.

Now, not so much. I didn't do anything creative the first 5-6 years after becoming ill. Now in year 7 (I think), I had to get started with something.

I have friends who crochet and knit, that didn't appeal that much. Maybe because I've been knitting the same scarf for 8 years? (so technically I did do something creative, oh, well). I tried to pick it up again but my wrists and sternum didn't agree with me :/ .

So I needed something that would keep my mind engaged, was creative and wouldn't inflame any joints. (and help me stay sane, hello!)

Abstract paint course

I got this online abstract acrylic painting course last fall but didn't do anything with it. Seemed like a perfect moment to pick that up. I got some supplies and got started. I did a hand lettering and drawing course around that time too. So I've been painting since last April/May. 

I love it! It's creative but not too intense. That's what I want to share with you the next thirty days. What I'm learning, the products I'm using, books I'm finding helpful. I only just started with watercolors too so I'll share a bit about that too. 

Two books I'm using the next 30 days are Creative Lettering and Beyond (get it on amazon here) and Flow Magazine's Big Book of Drawing (https://www.flowmagazine.com/product/big-book-drawing). More on these books (and a peek inside) in the video.

I hope you're along for the road and maybe you'll pick up a new hobby too :) .



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