Monday 5 May 2014

Finding Time for Art - Or ELSE!

Let's pretend it's only been a couple of cheeky days since my last post, shall we? Yes....just for a lark... How is it that despite there being twenty-four long hours in each and every sparkly day, there's simply bugger-all time to get stuff ACTUALLY properly done? Or even a BIT done, in some cases.

I've been INCREDIBLY busy - which, in itself, SUCKS - but then, on top of the hectic, I've decided to severely de-clutter. Sounds like a GOOD idea, eh? yeeeeaaaahh...... no. I have this thing where I have to make sure that  stuff's not wasted, which makes getting rid of the crap I have in my house a nightmare! It's even EVEN harder because I actually LIKE my crap.... I love my awesome Disney snowglobes.... I live for my gorgeous books.... I adore my nik-naks and collectables... Parting with any of them at all (and choosing frugally which ones to keep) is like Sophie's Choice every time! Added to which I'm a first class procrastinator. So my house looks like several really quite big bombs have hit it. A lot!

This is not condusive to relaxation - or art. It is, however, a real boon for the stress-fairy, who's become a permanent fixture, limpeting onto my brain and playing havoc with my blood pressure. Normally I'd have out with the paints and the shiny arty things and flap it all about 'til calm returned, but a/ I've packed things away so that they're safe while I sort through stuff and dispose of various bits, and b/ I can't get into the studio as it's full of charity/ebay/collector's shops boxes all piled up ready for re-distribution. Stress-fairy is THRILLED with this and has been happily cranking up that blood pressure for a month now, so this last week, I foraged through a forgotten corner and found a teeny weeny sketchbook and a couple of my favourite Tachikawa ink pens and have determined to set aside a little time every day to doodle and remember to breathe.


As it's been....a few days (shush) since that last post, I thought I'd share the first few pages with you, sort of whether you like it or not! Moowahaha... You'll notice that they're all sea-based. That's because I like sea-based things. I'm not planning to win an award here, just not to have my head, heart or anything else explode from the results of poor time/space/stuff management. SO here we page order....:

The scanner's not keen on the paper. The backgrounds are all left sort of off-white but my scanner - Gertie - decided to add random blotches. As I can only assume that it's an expression of her own artistic muse. Aww.  This sketchbook's only tiny - it's 5"x5" and that's kind of cool as it allows me to finish things quickly. Less intimidation, more fun! Take THAT, stress-fairy!

....An absolutely accurate - almost photographic - depiction of a standard day on our local coastline. *ahem*

I like cormorants. There are LOADS (I counted - that's accurate) of them around our local docklands, so I added a couple of docky-type images to this beaky chappie just for fun.

 Gertie Scanner really hates this paper... Anyhoo - mermaid! I KNOW! Who'd have thought it? Me, draw a MERMAID! Craaaaazy......

Naughty Octopus! DOWN boy! SIT! It's the marine version of a Freudian nightmare, but then that's octopusesesesesesi for you.  I've not faffed with detail on the octochappie as I intend to throw some inktense pencils his way. When I can reach them. Or find them.

More mermaids, some fishies and a message in a bottle. Sorted.

Another fish. He has a jellyfish for a belly and he likes it. He's a fish.

So that's an update. Sorry it's not more exciting or tutorialy but if you wanna swap - I'll have your studio with paints and tables and stuff, and you can have mine with it's boxes and bin-bags..... Nah....didn't think so! 

I'm off to get some sleep before another hectic day begins. Sending some love out to the blogosphere - if I'm REALLY lucky I'll have time soon to visit YOUR awesome blogs and say 'hi!' - hopefully whilst sitting in a MUCH clearer, muse-friendly space!  Wish me luck! Much love -Shroo :) xxx


  1. sending along hugs and love to you as well I know what you mean about too much stuff in the house-thats us too- I love love your mermaids-and my handmade journal is coming along nicely

  2. YOur drawings are amazing!!!! Love them! Hugs! deb

  3. Your zentangly art work is impressive, especially when you consider the small amount of time you allowed yourself and the constant badgering of a self important scanner. I love all of it and wish I could do a tenth as well as you. I would also love your recipe for getting rid of stuff. I, too, was a collector and then I got old and realized, I have all of this stuff ... now what? I have yet to find a reasonable way to get rid of things that need to be sold ... I have plenty that I can give away or throw away, but the good things need to find a new home. Oh my ... don't get me stated. Enjoyed you post, you wonderful sense of humor and you fun fishy artwork. Stay sane Rachael ... life is good:)

    Andrea @ From the Sol

  4. Wonderful! I love Bad Octopus eating the lighthouse

  5. Drooltastic post! You should do a colouring book - you really should. Mr Cormorant is my favourite but the detail in all of them is just uhummenuhhummenuhhummenuh yum!

    I had one of them there megatastic clear outs a few years back. It hurt! I feel for you! Now I do a purge of my art stuffs every january and it gets less hurty and much more easier to see what I have and hence... use stuff! Not so much of a collector anymore. I used to collect hardback 1st editions of my favourite authors and then buy the books again in paperback so I could actually read them without being scared! Then I realised what a fool, a crazy fool I was being. Now my main collections are my Marmite jars (to pretty to throw away) and my arty books (my stash doesn't count *g*)

    You can do it - shove the stress fairy in a box labelled Timbuctoo. Lovely to see you back x

  6. I have two bags of carp I sorted out last week messing up my bedroom that I still haven't taken to be recycled. Why did I bother?

  7. your art and your blog.....truly inspirational,thanks for sharing xx