Happy Canada Day 150! I know I don’t usually post on Saturday, but I’m excited to get my new look for the site in place and didn’t want to wait until Wednesday.
As you may know from my post about Autistic Spectrum Disorder, it’s been a struggle lately to stick with crochet alone. Things felt really out of balance for me, and I didn’t know what to do about it.
Fortunately, while I was looking for art tutorials, I came across a video by concept artist Bobby Chiu called 7 Steps to Becoming an Independent Artist. There’s a lot of great info in it that applies to anyone who is self-employed. A couple of points really stood out more than the others:
- Be an Octopus — Diversify
- Design your Life, Don’t Let it Design You.
It was like a light bulb switching on for me. I realized I needed to start going on my instincts and not the “rules” I’ve learned about business and marketing.
So I’ve made a couple of changes here. I tweaked the look of the site to be a little less “boutique” and a little more “me”. I’ve also added a gallery page for my artwork, some crochet related, some not. I’m hoping that, once I’ve got a few more pieces finished, I can set up an account on Redbubble and make prints and other goods available.
None of this changes what I’ve been doing so far on the site. The crochet posts will continue every Wednesday. I’m just going to try to put up an art post every week or so as well. These won’t usually be long just a picture and a brief description like the one below.
Oh! I almost forgot. I’m on Instagram now! If you’re interested you can find me there under the username yarnflight, or by clicking the Instagram link in the menu.
The Lady of the Lake
This is the first of a series of art based on Arthurian legend. (I’m on a major King Arthur kick right now.) This picture of the Lady of the Lake just popped into my head and I had to draw it. It’s done in ink, watercolour pencils and coloured pencils. This is the first picture I’ve done in watercolour pencils and they didn’t work quite like I expected, but I’m fairly satisfied with the results. I may at some point redo the water digitally, though.