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Long overdue revamp

I spent yesterday completely revamping this site. It’s been a long time since I did any web work to this extent, and I must admit, it felt pretty good. I was having a lousy day and art was frustrating, so I thought I’d take the time to solve some issues with One thing led to another, and I rapidly found myself doing the whole thing over with a new theme. It’s responsive (meaning it’ll look nice on your mobile devices), and I think it showcases my work in a more modern and snappy way.

It’s all part of the unfun “business” end of art, but necessary. I dislike marketing, but it is a necessary evil to get my work in more hands – or rather – on more walls. Let me know if you find a bug. Thank you.

DIY Painting Drying Rack

After ages of taking up the guest room to dry my oil paintings, I took my best friend’s old wardrobe shelving (he has just upgraded to lovely new drawer units) and redesigned it into a very functional drying rack for my work. It’s rock solid, holds most of my small to large work, and is portable. I could easily put casters on it to make a moveable floor unit should my studio space change. Best of all, I designed it, built it, and it surpassed my expectations. At £39.99 for a new shelving unit, I’d even consider buying one to make a second rack.

Before and after:

Back to it

Now that the local play is done and dusted, my focus is once again returned to the huge backlog of work I have going on. I’m illustrating a children’s book for a local first-time author, always painting a number of works, and wrestling a never ending mountain of completed works that need photographed, scanned, priced, and added to this website.

The amount of work I produce is massive, so massive that I consciously hold back from making all I could. I am already buried in stockpiles of drawings and paintings, and the workload of cataloguing them gets me down. I don’t sell as much as I should, but that’s largely down to the crippling task of getting things prepared for sale. I am my own best saboteur.

This is part of my journey as a professional artist. I’ll get the hang of it one day. I managed to get six works uploaded over the weekend, and at that rate, I just might get caught up around the year 2025…

Amateur dramatics

It’s that time of year again, where I paint up the sets for the local productions. The current play is Move Over Mrs Markham, and although the sets are less detailed than the last I painted, the disruption to my work schedule invariably throws my brain into a bit of a tailspin. I’m managing a little time in the studio while all this is going on, but the project most suffering from my lack of attention is the children’s book I’m illustrating for a local author, which requires hours of solid focus per day. The play runs its course this week and I’ll be glad to get back to a more solid “Jen Dixon” schedule.

Psst, hey buddy

…wanna buy a print?

I felt shady accepting money from the driver, but did so readily as A) I knew the woman B) She had cash for a print she wanted to buy.

Still felt like I should be passing her a small baggy of illegal this-r-that, but that’s me having seen too many movies. Fortunately, my obligation is simple and legal- bring one of my digital letterpress prints to yoga next Tuesday. She’ll be there. I love unexpected sales.