I’ve been dreaming about painting. Painting multiple series so that I could do my own exhibit. It all started with my discounting work to just clean out what I haven’t sold yet. Sort of a fresh start. I typically have about a dozen paintings, just sitting around, not hung. I thought they could give someone joy, so why not just sell them for under their value to force myself to start new projects.
My dreams started with an all black and white theme. I paint with acrylics, which is such a versatile medium. You can do dry brush, or water it down to an almost watercolour look. These dream paintings had the watercolour look to them. Like a women’s dress flowing into the air. Or her hair blowing in the wind. There’s a splash of colour, either on her person or in the background….but mostly just black and white.
The second theme is extremely colourful. Mid century modern almost, geometric shapes, beautiful colour. My husband can build frames that really make this concept a reality. The thin frame around an abstract painting really sets its tone. Talking about frames, for a couple years now I’ve been collecting ornate vintage frames and painting an abstract to sit within it. This is also a very cool look, but I’m now very drawn to the cleaner simpler lines of mid century.
So this will be my focus, painting, the art. I say if you dream about something it’s a sign and I won’t let this inspiration go to waste.
I feel incredibly lucky. I’ve been searching for a career for years after leaving the retail telecommunications industry. I worked as a manager for Starbucks, and then as a product expert for Trail Appliances. Neither role fuelled my creativity or allowed me to really focus on what I do best. I just received an offer to work with a VoIP telephone company that kicks the butt of anything I’ve done professionally for years. My new title is Western Canada channel account manager. I will work remotely, and bring on partners that want to sell our service.
What this role allows for, is freedom from being locked into a singular location. It allows me to be creative in the sense of, I am in charge of how I bring partners on. I’ve always been in some form of sales and management role and now I have the best of both worlds. I get to sell a service that actually works, saves companies money and also manage people in how they can position it as an offering in their MSP lineup.
The world of retail is dying, and being able to move away from that and have a job that provides a service is where it’s at. I start this role in 12 days and I can’t wait. My hubby and I will now both be remote workers which will allow for more time together and also travel. It’s honestly my dream job other than being a full time artist which if I’m honest is hard to do.
I’m nearly 40 years old and feel I’ve finally landed the last job I’ll ever have which is incredible. It’s never to late to walk away from things that don’t work for you. It’s sometimes scary to put yourself out there, but sometimes it works out and bam your life changes.
A few blogs ago I was talking about a venture Luke and I were looking into. Since then several companies have come into play taking our plan right out from under us. On the bright side if we had started we would’ve been the ones taking all the risk. So we are stepping back to see how it pans out for them. We may start up next spring, but for now we will let these companies iron out all the potential problems with the city and the clientele.
So for now….
Today is my one day off this weekend. We actually slept in (by that I mean we slept past 6am, all the way to 7:40). We feel rested and ready to take on the day.
Have coffee, tidy up the kitchen, and finish laundry.
Take the dogs to the park. We want to tire them out so we can spend time without them.
Pack a picnic and head to the beach to float on the lake.
Finish our project of repurposing the vintage table and chairs we found on Facebook marketplace.
Sounds like a nice way to spend a day don’t ya think?
I also have to finish a few art pieces for the upcoming art walk happening downtown Kelowna on August 1st. This event happens every year and this will hopefully be the first of many for me.
I had prints done so that I can sell my art even if it’s not the original. This way I’ll get more work out there. I find during these types of events people don’t want to spend big bucks. So having prints at $20-$30 makes it more feasible that I’ll sell something.