New collection: Edinburgh street scenes

I am in the midst of building a new collection of paintings. Mixing my love of my favourite City Edinburgh and naive / folk art.

Here are a few of my new paintings and I hope you enjoy the scenes I am building over the next year.

All originals are for sale from my website and cards/ prints will be available online or at my wee Grassmarket stall …

The Crofters

I’m creating a little series about ‘the Crofters’ just for fun .

I love Scottish history and I’m currently learning about the Highland Clearances and the Crofters 🐓 .

The Scottish farming families were run out of their community farms to make way for big farms for Cow farming and pastoral farming – the leaders in the cities thought this would bring more profit into the city.

The Highland folk were unfortunately run out of their cottages and farms and forced to the coastal areas or even emigrated abroad.

The Crofters moved in and here is a little collection of paintings about life in the crofts.

I am going to eventually turn this into a little children’s book. 🐓

The Christmas Wreath

We made a homemade Christmas Wreath today.

There were a lot of corks lying around in Himself’s kitchen which we’ve put to good use…

I brought my glue gun and a set of short fairy lights and off it went …

It’s all very self explanatory … I learned not to touch hot glue!

It looks lovely ! And it’s now snowing outside up here in South Lanarkshire !

11 days to go…

A work in progress 

5 weeks to go and the countdown is on! 

I didn’t quite gauge how much work would be involved when I signed up for the Country Living Mag Christmas Fair this November. 

But I am enjoying the challenge of ‘quick-decide-what-your-actual-style-is-and -stick-to-it-then-make- a-tonne-of -art’ 

That was the biggest challenge – learning what art style of mine I actually love. Then deciding what I am going to paint? And how can I produce a lot of it within my budget? What’s the best size to make for shoppers? What does my ideal customer look like? 

My lounge, ahem, ‘studio’ has now being overtaken by piles of white frames and canvas’. Some will make the cut, and go proudly to the printers, others will be tossed shamelessly into the slosh pile.  

Must stop looking at other artists’ Instagram! It’s really interrupting my flow of imagination.

However, I am enjoying making a few pieces of retro nursery art. Retro kitchen art. Just retro art in general. I think this is my jam. (I have actually painted retro jam) 


Watch this space for updates of how I pull it all together in the end. 

Cheryl x

Lessons learnt

I am sat on my sofa in the midst of a building site that is my new lovely house,drinking mulled wine tonight as I write this.
Today was Grassmarket market day. Its March, and it’s rained all day.


I’ve had fun however .
I’m going to share what I’ve learned today as an amateur in this stall holding melark.

So today, as I said ,it’s March. It’s Easter weekend in Edinburgh, and there’s a touristy buzz starting to form around Edinburgh.

Taking into consideration the following expenses:
£total sales -£stall fee
(+£NCP day parking fee
+£my Paella, coffee and cake bill)

= I broke even.

Not too shabby for a rainy day in Edinburgh Grassmarket.

It must have been comical to watch. I spent my first hour fighting the elements! The Grassmarket is a wind trap! It’s designed to be so with that big castle in the middle of the city.

My table blew over 3 times before I eventually tied it down with the rope I brought.
Then to secure the table cloth and all the canvas art to the sides of the table and tent.
Once my art was laid out beautifully on the now supposedly anchored table, enter stage left HUGE gust of wind that blew the whole thing over again with Highland cow paintings flying across the Grassmarket.
-cue red face.

All was not lost however, as I was rescued by a flurry of American tourists picking up all the pieces of broken glass and torn paintings.  2 Italian men helped me find a manly way of securing the table properly. You gotta laugh at yourself.

Then I met Rachel on the stall next to me. Rachel’s been trading for a long time and had lots of cool tools and tips for survival on the stalls.

Lesson 1: Crocodile clips! They tie everything down – they can also help seal the tent and keep the rain oot.
Luggage straps also help to strap your goods to the table when the wind blows high.

Lesson 2: wear wool and leather.
I was cold and wet! I had on a long wool coat, but it really wasnt cutting it- my head and hands were freezing! Now I know why market people wear fingerless gloves. My boots apparently weren’t waterproof after all either. Layers of wool and leather trap in the heat!! Roll on summertime.

Lesson 3: plastic boxes
All my stock was in cardboard boxes under the table. Now picture the Grassmarket at the bottom end – the downhill bit, and what it was traditionally designed for. Gard-e-loo!
Yep Soaked. Sopping wet!

Lesson 4: I worked this one out myself. If your selling art to tourists, they can’t take big pieces anyone with them. Small art is more economical and darn easier to transport.

Lesson 5: this is more of a life lesson on my part- Park Thy Car Properly!!
I was later met with a £50 parking ticket as I discovered my wheels were outside the white lines in the NCP. My bad.

I made new friends. Learned lessons. Made a whole bunch of future bookings, because I plan on getting better at this every time.

For now, mulled wine,warm feet and a cosy bed awaits.

Obi says hi.

 

love Cheryl

http://www.sunflowerartscotland.com

I’m an author !

This wee day was awesome🎈

My book was published on Amazon initially in e-book form.

Still waiting for the book format to be released -but how exciting !

I hope children enjoy this colourful book of motivation and scenes in Edinburgh they will recognise .

I guess that makes me an author !

Check that one off my bucket list 😊  high five!

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The wee coo who flew

Hey guys! I’m having so much fun making illustrations for my children’s book this week- ‘The wee coo who flew’

Its a motovational book to encourage young minds to pursue their dreams , no matter what the others are doing or saying . You can achieve anything you put your mind to!

Its nearly finished .

The best part was driving around Edinburgh taking pics of the places 🎈

http://www.sunflowerartscotland.com

Holyrood Hill

 

Hamish lived on Holyrood hill Hamish lived on Holyrood hill
He was a wee Highland coo
He had colourful hair and a cheeky smile
He was very much like you
Hamish was a special coo
His mammy told him so
He dreamed one day that he would FLY!
Oh the places he could go!

Im happy to present the first pages of my children’s book ‘The Wee Coo Who Flew’

This story is based in Edinburgh and is a motivational book aimed at 3-8 year olds. It’s about a wee Highland coo who had big dreams. He got past the haters and they watched him as his dream came true.

im currently locked in my art room making the artwork and today, Holyrood Hill Friends was born !

Im feeling a bit like Miss Potter .

I will be posting updates on this book journey and the friends I meet along the way. X

My first book

imageToday was an awesome wee day!

I wrote my first children’s book. Now I am being absorbed in the complicated world of book publishing .

Its a minefield!

Traditonally, one would write a book-great!  But then have the anxiety creating task of sending said book to lots of publishers in the hope they might be noticed , or else end up on the slosh pile.

However,in this new digital age we live in, it appears that e-books are the way forward, with Amazon making 75% of their sales in e-book format today.

It didn’t even cross my mind that kids have iPads and now even schools are moving towards digital formats.

Authorhouse, the leading self -publishing company offered me a nice publishing and marketing package. However, after a bit of digging into it, I realised they take a nice 90% cut of the royalties too.

So I guess if your creatively minded and not too bad with the interweb thingy, it’s wiser to test the market first before parting with your pennies.

Amazon have a platform for publishing your own e-book and their sister site Create Space help you with marketing and promotion and issue your ISBN number (mandatory publishers ID number).

Then there’s the issue of printing hard copies of your book to issue locally. Luckily CreateSpace offer a print on demand service too!

This is ideal as the cost of printing is deducted from the total sale of the book. You don’t get a truck showing up on your driveway with pallets of books either.

So this is exciting! I will be hiding away in my wee art room for the foreseeable future until I’ve made this happen.

I had a dream of writing a book lately. Although I imagined it was going to be called ‘have you seen my Tom?’-a book about my rougue cat here,who lives at many different houses and terrorises the neighbours.

I was at work on nightshift doing my drug round. All of a sudden this THING comes out of nowhere! Like a host of ideas, rhymes and pictures for my pending book.

I was like-” Can you not SEE I’M WORKING!!!”

I took out a scrap bit of paper from my uniform and had to quickly write it all down before this ‘thing’ went out the window again.

And there it was. A 25 page children’s story written in 10 mins.

But it’s awesome. And hopefully you will love it.

I just gotta make the art for it now which is the longest part.

Watch this space.x