Hi everyone, my name Kirsten Boston. I am an artist, designer, gallery owner and picture framer and Mum of three. I live with my children in East Lothian in Scotland, one of the most beautiful parts of the World. Today I’m starting this blog as I’d like to share my day to day experiences as an artist and help other artists help themselves to achieve their goals and dreams.
Being an artist and trying to earn money from art can be daunting – believe me, over the past 13 years I’ve learned that the hard way. On my journey I’ve met countless artists, crafters and art-lovers and learned something from everyone I’ve met.
My journey continues everyday and I now want to take you with me to share my knowledge and learn through my mistakes. Mistakes are of huge importance – if you never make any, you’ll never learn from them. My friend Jane, posted a quote on Facebook from Woody Allen – ”If you’re not failing now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.” – very true!
My new innovative idea and project is to start doing videos to help other artists with their art. I love painting acrylic landscapes so I wanted to start my videos by doing a quick beginner level tutorial. It’s going to be a steep learning curve for me as I’ve never shot or edited videos before.
Last night in my studio at Hangar Art and Framing I shot a tutorial video about the materials and techniques involved in painting acrylic landscapes. I purchased my materials from the art supplies section at Hangar Framing and started on my video journey. The painting was very quick and simple – I wanted to show that with a little knowledge, some basic materials and about an hour of your time, a piece of art can be created.
Today, I will be editing my video and I will post the results as soon as it’s done.
Also today I will be calling in on my Framing and Gallery team at Hangar Art and Framing at Fenton Barns near North Berwick. I’m going to discuss our upcoming exhibition by Scottish Artist Fee Dickson. The Opening Event (Come Along! All Welcome!) is on Saturday 2nd April 12-4pm. Fee’s work will then be showing in the gallery until 30th April 2016.
I’m then going to get some framing organised for my two new paintings of The Bass Rock and Fidra – two beautiful islands in the Firth of Forth, just off the coast of North Berwick. I’ve got my Facebook friends helping me choose titles for them!
This afternoon I’m going to visit The Scottish Design Exchange at Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh. I have paintings and design work exhibited there so I need to check in and replenish my stock.
A busy day ahead! I’ll let you know how I get on.