A huge, generous sigh of relief...the dreamy feeling of relaxing, resting and going to the coast.
A decadent feeling of being unhurried, of spending time with family and friends, of a friends summer wedding, of barbeques, picnics and walks in the woods. Of sipping cool white wine under the stars on a warm evening, lying in bed reading a book and listening to the summer birds in the sky outside my open window....
Summer...long days, warm days, sunshine and flowers, bare toes in the sand, cool waves and sea swimming...
In the past I have struggled a bit with summer holidays. My work seems to come to an abrupt end as I slam headlong into the six week break, but this year, I invested the Ultimate Business Survival Guide for the School Holidays - a course of podcasts and fabulous advice, from The Girls Mean Business, and for the first time ever, I feel that I will be able to keep my little art business ticking over whereas in the past, I haven't - I've let it drift and believed that I couldn't both work and look after my family! I strongly urge you to bob along to Claire's website if you are a small creative business owner with young children - it's priceless and the supportive information will make you feel like you aren't the only one tearing your hair out as you struggle to keep all the balls in the air.
I wanted to share an interview that I did recently for the wonderful Yay Retro. I often visit this website to drool over their amazing vintage and retro wares that they have on sale, and to read their excellent blog, and so needless to say I was over the moon when they got in touch and asked if I'd be interested in having a chat! You can find me in the 'Our Friends' section on their blog, and read the interview right here.
I will pop back at intervals over the summer, to keep you posted about what I'm up to. I also have something majorly exciting unfolding at the moment which I will be able to share with you in the coming weeks.
I'm planning on taking a watercolour sketch book away with me on holiday this summer, and will share snaps of what I'm creating on my Instagram - I really like visual diaries, and have dabbled in the past but spurred on by some great pictures I've found on Pinterest, I've decided to have a proper go at making my own this year. I'll be using a Fabriano art journal, taking my travel set of Sennelier watercolours with me, and a pencil case of fine line pens and pencils.
Have a wonderful Summer! (or winter, if you're one of my southern hemisphere readers)