Look at that massive beast. For the past two weeks I have been trying to get to grips with Illlustrator, Photoshop and how to print big, big, big. I spent Wednesday afternoon using the big screens and big printing frames at Edinburgh Printmakers Studio turning that nice linear artwork into a screen print. On fabric. Although they will not allow me to print on fabric in their facilities, they are at least letting me print this project. I have decided that all isn’t lost, as I will be able to use their studio to print the small post card size works on paper. So, even though I will be printing this work for the big project at home, it is good to know that my year’s membership isn’t going to be wasted.
As you an see from the title, I am a month behind schedule. I’ve had to take a minute out of work to consider what is happening with my time. I am very good with my time, clocking in working hours from 9 to 6, Monday through Friday. There is a lot of running around that happens during those hours….most things work related. Whether it’s dashing out to buy more fabric, taking a trip to the local hardware store, or meeting with another ‘work from home’ person to discuss our projects and how they are progressin (or not) I just find that I am not getting enough done.
And this time, I don’t think it has to do with Time Bandits.
What it comes down to is money, money, money. Everything seems to boil down to that very basic thing. My Gee How Quaint sales are rolling in nicely, I keep receiving commissions for small projects and just yesterday I agreed to another collaboration. I am also trying like mad to keep the shops that sell my work pleased with deliveries of artwork. They are selling at rather a healthy rate which is really very brilliant. I need to earn my living. Unfortunately, it’s getting to a point where earning my living and completing the work for this project are at odds with eachother.
Then of course there is the very boring but very pressing matter of all matters domestic. Due to my husband’s extremely long work days, most things house-wise are left for me to deal with. Buying food, making dinner, cleaning, hoovering, 2 dog walks a day, everything. On my shoulders. To somehow just get on with whilst running an online business, creating artwork, and working on this project. It makes me very tired just looking at this list.
Eventually, something is going to give. Either that or I am going to burn out and become useless for a few weeks.
I think for the next few months, I am going to have to postpone commission work. And then when I feel like I have a grip on this project, I will open my schedule up again to receive more requests.