My summer has become a lot busier than I thought it would be! On a trip to Dorset, I managed to get down to Arne to see the Sika Deer. They were very obliging and posed nicely for me, so I was able to take some pictures I was quite pleased with....maybe a reference for another wildlife mosaic!
Also, I have been prepping my work for the Fareham Art Trail. Into the Sunset needed framing but unfortunately my framer (Framing Star http://www.framingstar.co.uk/) was on holiday, so I decided to have a go myself. With a little help, I managed to make a nice frame, which was finished with a natural beeswax and was a nice finishing touch to the piece. I delivered the work to the trail earlier in the week and have also been to the launch night.
The launch was a great evening and I was delighted to see that two of my pieces were on show, as part of the selection of work up to represent the show. I spoke to some lovely people and met Beth Davis-Hofbauer, the organiser, who was a very inspiring lady. I am looking forward to going to see the whole trail on Saturday.
As well as this, I have been conjuring up a new and exciting idea for another sculpture trail I have seen advertised. I am really excited about my idea and have been researching glues and waterproofing ideas to ensure that if it is selected, it is a success. Whilst reaching this, I have spoken to Will Rosie, who made a mosaic rhino for the Go Rhino sculpture trail in Southampton. He was a very helpful, kind man, who was wiling to share his knowledge on adhesives and mosaic techniques - thanks Will!
So, now I am set with the technical side of things, I have sat down and finished the written side of the submission and have almost finished the visual representations of my designs. I will be sending these in for consideration at the beginning of next week.
Another interest for me this week has been SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). My friends Becky and Ellie have kindly given me some advice on this, to help me feature higher on Google rankings. I wasn't aware of key words and titles etc that help with this and so, should now feature a bit higher up! If you have any other tips for me, please do leave a comment at the bottom of the page - or feel free to add a link to my site on your page! (As long as it is relevant to your content of course).
Alongside all this, I have grouted 4 more of my mosaics that have been waiting to be done. I do find grouting quite tricky and am not too keen on the messiness, so these have taken a while to get round to but I am glad I have because they look really good.
I have decided to start a blog for several reasons. To help me remember all the things that inspire me, to share these with others and to keep a record of everything that I am doing. I will update my blog regularly. Feel free to share and comment on posts!
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