Blame it on the sunshine

Since I injured essential body parts required for painting, I’ve really tried hard to keep making art any way I could, otherwise, y’know, the creativity fairy will fly off and grace someone else with her presence.

So for the first couple of weeks, I carried on.  Then last week, summer arrived.  It really did.  And I just wanted to sit in my garden, catch some rays, and think about tomatoes and sweet peas and pester my husband to cut the grass.

And here’s a thing:  I enjoyed not making art.  I enjoyed not being on Instagram and Facebook and Pinterest.  I enjoyed not blogging.

Blogging for me is how I order the chaos within.  Time to reflect, sometimes about something, often about nothing.  Being in the garden, pottering around, planting up window boxes…those things sort of replaced blogging – but not you all, my blogging gang!

Honestly, I feel like I’ve had a holiday last week.  And yesterday I really had that Monday back to work feeling!  Anyway.  I’ve spent some time catching up on domestic bores chores and had a little tidy in my studio, which sets me up for the next phase, whatever that is.  I haven’t quite decided!  But I have just purchased some acrylic inks.

In other news – injuries have suddenly taken a huge leap of recovery!  Hooray for that.  And framing some original pieces is still happening.  In fact, one of my jobs today, apart from saying hello to all of you, is to test a various shades of white paint for the frames. I limited it to four, otherwise I thought I might go insane.

Now to spend some time catching up with my wordpress feed and seeing how all the daily painting is going!

Studio of Somerset artist Vicki Hutchins
this is as tidy at the studio gets

25 thoughts on “Blame it on the sunshine

  1. REcreate-RebeccaEvansCreate May 10, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    Hello, right back at ya, 😉 So pleased you feel like a holiday was had, we have eventually had some nice weather, for R&R plus blogging can take up quite a time, so a rest is no bad thing. I wish my living room/ studio was so tidy. …..where has the sunshine gone? I have just been to get some scans done of a few paintings, that’s one job ticked off….it never ends! Glad you are feeling better 😀

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    • vickihutchinsartist May 10, 2016 / 5:07 pm

      I know, it’s rained so badly here! Such a shame. Oooh, I’m impressed you’ve had scans done of you work – was that local to you? I never seem to get on with scanning, have to resort to photographs! Good to be back!

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      • REcreate-RebeccaEvansCreate May 11, 2016 / 7:28 am

        Yes it was local, a local printers, I take photos for the blog, but I would like to get some cards made for our Hampshire open studio, I thought scans would work better, also some of the larger ones just would not fit in my a4 scanner. Trying to work out which paintings to have turned into greetings cards is the hard part. I think the dogs and a few hares?? But which ones?

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      • vickihutchinsartist May 11, 2016 / 9:12 am

        Ha! Well, you know the answer is to write a blog post and do a vote! I think the horses too.

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  2. Laura (Createarteveryday) May 10, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Vicki, you should visit people’s homes and beautify them with your art and organizing and decorating skills! I got some acrylic inks a few months ago and my only experiment with them was un-beautiful. I need to find a way to either way dilute them or have just a teeny bit come out. Haven’t solved or been ready to try again since making horrible looking mud that was almost too much trouble for molding paste to cover. I’m sure you’ll do much better and I’ll be staying tuned!

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    • vickihutchinsartist May 11, 2016 / 9:02 am

      Ooh, interior designer is my dream job! Other than this of course! Check out Linda Melvin’s Abstract Fluid Watercolour videos on you tube – fascinating! I’m not sure what I’m going to do exactly, but I think using them for underpainting is on the agenda!

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      • Laura (Createarteveryday) May 11, 2016 / 4:33 pm

        Thanks so much, Vicki, I’ll definitely do that! Really appreciate your tip. I’ve learned SO much from YouTube. Amazing how generous so many are with their knowledge and time.

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  3. czarsmom May 10, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    I often take breaks from painting. I just get busy living life, and that’s alright.

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    • vickihutchinsartist May 11, 2016 / 9:03 am

      Do you find it hard to get back into it though? I’m dragging my feet a bit…though I am quite excited to see what today brings in the studio. Equally I could sit and read all day!


  4. Jill Kuhn May 10, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    I think it is important to take breaks from social media. You sound like yours was much needed. Glad to hear you enjoyed your break and sunshine always helps me feel better. 🙂 I would like to know more about framing my own art, do you have other posts about it?

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    • vickihutchinsartist May 11, 2016 / 9:06 am

      It’s nothing but rain rain rain now! Life is better in the sun. Framing – no, I don’t have any posts about it I’m afraid. But happy to answer any questions, though I am far from expert! I always like to have a go at things myself, but framing really is quite a specialism, and though I’m happy with progress, they’re yet to be painted up and I’m a bit nervous about the finish! I like things just so. So go ahead and ask away! Perhaps I’ll compile a post of Q & A’s on this topic.

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      • Jill Kuhn May 11, 2016 / 7:55 pm

        Thanks Vicki! I wonder if I should try to get some of my art professionally framed if I try to sell it. Do you think people expect that? Or maybe most people will reframe and remat it? And how do you frame canvas? I suppose I can check out YouTube too. I’d love to hear your opinion since you have framed some of your art. 😄🎨💕

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      • vickihutchinsartist May 13, 2016 / 10:11 pm

        Hi Jill, sorry for the delay in replying. Framing: I sell prints unframed – the exception to this is if I were to do an art fair where I was selling prints, in which case I would frame them in mounts (mats), and cello, and they look great, and kind of like a finished product – the mat really helps with that.
        A couple of times a year I aim to sell a collection of original paintings on board or canvas. These I am framing. I also wanted some framed originals in case a local exhibition opportunity suddenly came up! If I offered original paintings for sale regularly, I would not frame them, I don’t think, and I know lots of people don’t sell them framed. But because I don’t sell original art all the time (but may do in future), I wanted to make it extra special. Plus learn how to make them. It’s not easy, and I underestimated the work involved! Check out Jon Peters on you tube – he has a whole series of videos on how to make simple frames. When I eventually get round to framing my originals, I’ll post pictures.
        It’s been a slog, as I just realised not only is the construction taking time, but also I have to paint them and get a good finish! Wail!
        If I could afford it, I would have paid a framer, but I do like to have a go at everything.
        I think you do whatever works for you – selling art is complicated and time consuming enough, so unless you have a specific reason I don’t see it as essential to sell art framed (and in the UK, many mail carriers won’t transport glass). Sorry for the essay! Hope that helps!

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      • Jill Kuhn May 14, 2016 / 3:38 am

        Yes! This helps tremendously!!! 😍 Thank you sooo much for sharing all of this info with me! I will check out Jon Peters. I like that you sell your art with a mat. I think this does help make it look more finished. I haven’t started selling any of my artwork yet but I kind of like to get it figured out before I do. Again, I thank you!! 😊✨🌈

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  5. Susan Feniak May 10, 2016 / 11:13 pm

    Glad to read you are on the mend. Yay! Pottering in the garden is wonderful therapy. We all enjoy a break from our art, pretty sure of that. 🙂

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    • vickihutchinsartist May 11, 2016 / 9:08 am

      Gardening really is therapy Susan! I just read something recently where there was evidence that the soil contains some sort of bio organism that acts like an anti depressant – how amazing is that? What I didn’t get to the bottom of though, is whether wearing garden gloves hinders that!

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      • Susan Feniak May 11, 2016 / 2:20 pm

        Try gardening both ways and see which works. Gloves on or off. I prefer gloveless. So that tells me something. 🙂


  6. Margaret Parker Brown May 11, 2016 / 12:40 am

    Your attitude is tremendous and you taking a lighter face in light of your injury. I am looking forward to what you’ll be doing with those inks. 🙂

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  7. lindywhitton May 12, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    I really enjoy acrylic inks as an underpainitng to my pastels sometimes. I’m a big fan and use them for all sorts of things – I print handmade cards using acrylic inks , i do small watercolour like painitngs. They’re great for abstract pour and swirl techniques. I think you’ll have a lot of fun with them!

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    • vickihutchinsartist May 14, 2016 / 9:08 am

      Thank Lindy – I just did a lovely swirly thing last night! Oh my gosh it was mesmerising!
      I’m thinking about using them for underpainting on wood panels.
      Also, I rather enjoyed the pipette action!


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