With a new year comes new plans for Wellydog. We are very happy with how the shop is starting to develop and we will continue forward with just a few changes.
Firstly, I want to paint more. With my 2016, 366 day painting challenge completed, then I have a new vigour and enthusiasm for my Art work. I have sorted through some of the art work in the shop and feel some of it is not up to the standard that I want to be known for. Some work has been taken away and the canvases, in keeping with the long tradition of Artists, will re-cycled, to be used again. Some I’m not so sure of have been reduced and if not sold will be recycled as and when I need the canvases. I am about to add a few new bigger pieces I have been working on and will continue to add to the collection throughout the year. As work sometimes sells quite quickly when I put it on the internet, then I want to keep some secret, to make sure I have some new pieces available in the shop. I think I have also reached a time in my artistic life that means I will take myself a bit more seriously. Over the last year with my 366 day challenge, I have had the most amazing support and comments from people, both in person and on social media. I have never had massive amounts of confidence when it came to my Art work and it has held me back a bit. I think with all the feedback I’ve had, I need to stop faffing about and take these compliments on board. Maybe it’s time to accept what my friends and family have been telling me for years, that I might just be ok at this painting lark.
I am also buoyed up by the success of my first auction of the paintings I did last year. Thank you so much to everyone who took part. All 6 sold and I am happy they are going to new homes where they will be appreciated. I am pondering what new art materials to buy, as we speak, and very excited about it. (how sad am I ). I am going to do a second auction quite quickly, mainly because February is a very busy month for us and I am not sure I will be able to do any for a while. So watch out for the next lot, coming soon.
Also the seaglass jewellery has been a extraordinarily popular over the last year. It has taken us a bit by surprise but we think maybe we will expand that part of the business. As some of you already have noticed then our online Etsy shop has been re-stocked. I have been guilty of not giving it enough time and effort, so that will change this year. We have also made the decision to try and stock it in other shops. To do this we feel we need to get a more professional look to our product, so have been to see our favourite printer, Ben and Copyrite in Exmouth. I may be slightly biased as he is my nephew, but I love what he does and those of you in Exmouth will have seen his murals in shops and cafes around town.
We have designed a leaflet insert to go in our jewellery boxes and Ben is working on a design for the top of the boxes. We will update you when we see more ourselves.
We have also been researching which shops and businesses to approach. This is something we have no experience of so it will be a steep learning curve. If you have done this yourself, or are a shop or business that takes in other people handmade jewellery, then any hints and tips, we would be very grateful for. Also if you know of any places that may be interested then please do let us know.
It’s a big step and a bit scary as it involves a bit of investment. But if we don’t try we will never know if it is worth it, what do they say………. who Dares wins, lets hope so!
See you soon
It’s been one of those weeks when just one thing hasn’t dominated. At Wellydog, because we make seaglass jewellery, leather work and artwork, then usually one or other dominates the week. This week however it’s been a real mix.
Firstly I have become involved in a fantastic project with the Fishermen’s Mission in Porthleven. 2 years ago, the baulk part of Porthleven sea defences was destroyed. The Mission has been allowed to use the damaged wood from the baulk, they have carved it up and allowed us artists to use it. On the 5th February they will be projecting the work produced onto the clock tower in Porthleven on the anniversary of day the baulk was destroyed. I have been lucky enough to be given a piece of the baulk wood to paint on.
This is my finished piece:
I used to blog a lot and really enjoyed it, but life got in the way and slowly it disappeared from my life. Those of you who have followed me from the beginning know I started blogging seriously when I decided to give up working for a living and got my first little studio. If you want to check out my first wellydog home, click here.
A lot has happened since then, another larger studio, a home studio, a garage studio and then moving to Cornwall, Heartlands and now the shop. You can tell I’m not someone who likes to stay still for long.
I am going to ty and blog again and rather than it being on Blogger then it will be hosted on our website. www.wellydog.co.uk
So as my first blog this way I am going to update you about my challenge auction. in an effort to get my artwork back on course, after a busy few years. Last year I embarked on a year long project to produce an art work everyday. I know a lot of you have followed my progress on both Facebook and Instagram, but to those new followers, the best place to see all the work is this album on facebook.
We made a donation to the RLNI and I have decided that I will auction off the remainder of saleable pictures and use any money to replenish my supply of art materials. I have found facebook difficult recently, I have seen my followers fall and of those 1,000 left only about 5% actually get to see anything. So I have decamped and post mostly on Instagram now, with a link going to fb and twitter. With this in mind, I have decided, I will be holding the auctions on my Instagram page.
I don’t want those on facebook and twitter missing out so I will post what I am doing and you can message me if you want me to put a bid in for you and you don’t have an Instagram account. I will sort the work into groups and let you know a week before the day of the auction, so you are prepared and then on the day I will post with a starting price of £5. If you comment with your bid and you bid £5 and no one else does then you will get a bargain. You must also bear in mind that this will not include postage costs. These will be added to your bid and costs should be around £3.50 for uk buyers and £5 for the rest of the world, but I will confirm that on the day. The auctions will run for 24 hours on UK time and the highest bidder at the end gets the painting. I will send and invoice, once it is paid then I will post out your painting. I hope that all sounds ok.
As for now I am embarking on some new interesting projects. I have started a larger painting which I have been itching to do for a while . I also have a special sort of commission to start on Monday, that I will update you on, at a later date. And I am planning some more feather paintings that I will frame and get listed in my shop.
On which note I will let you know that the website is being updated and may be in a bit of chaos for a while. Mr Wellydog has kindly taken on the running of the website and is updating and changing it over the next few months. We may move our shop onto it, but we have some research to do and need to decide the best way forward. If you have any tips or advice, we would love to hear from you. But in the mean time, our shop will still be on Etsy and we will be updating it and listing more things from next week.
I will post on social media as soon as I have the first auction lot ready.