Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Playing Shop

Well, it turns out that I am more than a little disinterested in making an effort with technology. Electrical things are always breaking in my presence and the attempts I've made to set up an online shop that is easy to use have backfired. The problem, of course, is me, I'm just not that into it! I'm repeating myself here: Also, it is July and all I want to do is be outside.

So, my shop is a page on this blog, click here for it. I'm amazed I didn't think of something so simple sooner. I am a serial reducer, always trying to cut down on things in my life, not just things I have to do but actual objects and associations too. My sales of original work and cards to date have been via e-mail or in-person interaction so I don't see a big shop as vital, which is lucky I suppose since this is my Little Shop!



 
 
 
I keep changing my mind about which cards to stock, as I complete more paintings I want to add to my cards. I had originally thought I'd aim for a collection of 20 cards but now that seems too small to satisfy my need to convert paintings to cards and yet too large in terms of stock. Good complaints to have really. Recently, I thought I could have a whole bovine range, I seemed only interested in painting cows. We are surrounded by farmland here so we see a lot of cows and sheep. I really like watching them, you notice how individual they are. Small things like how they stand or turn their heads catch your eye after a while. I might aim for 20 animal/insect/bird ones and then start another range of flower cards. I have a couple of other ideas too which makes me feel there may never be ranges at all, maybe I'll be forever chopping and changing. I consider that to be positive, I like that there is constant renewal and that I am kept interested and thinking. I'd love to tell you how organised I am and that I have everything set up but really I don't think I'll ever be saying that.



In the last month I've come to accept the weeds growing all over the place outside. Because we're not weedkilling anymore we have many weeds that bear beautiful flowers and are providing much needed ground cover. I've come to the conclusion that the weeds are meant to be there, that's why they persevere, the beautiful ones are the ones you notice when you allow them all to grow, they are constantly renewing. In any case, Martin just strims the areas we used to spray right down to the ground so they still look neat. So, I'll accept the haphazard, disorganised look of my shop, it's meant to be like that I think. And isn't that easier than putting the pressure on myself to work on it, after all, it is the summer!


4 comments:

  1. Joanna, these are absolutely fantastic. I LOVE your paintings,- as you know!- and I am more than impressed with you setting up your shop. You may feel ou are disorganised, BUT NOWHERE NEAR as disorganised as me. But I'll get my shop up yet. Yet!!!!

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    1. Emily, sorry about the delay, I used to get an e-mail whenever there was a comment but that doesn't happen anymore......see, technology hates me!!!! Thank you, I'm thinking a display is good enough although I may tackle it again when the rain is pounding the windows and the days are dark. You have such a body of work though, you really *need* a shop.

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  2. The cows are rather wonderful, but I do love the ones of your children too x

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    1. Again sorry about the delay, I must have switched a setting on this, didn't see the comment until now. Thank you so much. I like the ones of my children but I always think there's only so much of them people want to see!!! The one above isn't one of my daughters but it is a girl who is very close in age to Holly.

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