Just Bloomen Do It

Just go and bloomen it do it, I said to myself yesterday. I was brave. In fact I was bloomen brave. I was scared. We don’t like rejection do we? What I did was no big deal. To you it wasn’t. To me it was.

I’m one of these people who….

Will talk to anyone because I’m interested in hearing their story, your story. (I should say more importantly I’ll listen to anyone). If I like them I’ll spend time with them. My time is precious, so I am picky who I hang out with. Sometimes I’ll only hang out with myself and the dog. I enjoy my own company. Sometimes, like anyone else,  I don’t like listening to the things I say to myself. You know that time when you say to yourself you can’t do it. Or no one will want to see…hear..listen to…. whatever it is that you want them to see …hear …listen to?  Where that teeny tiny bit of you says it’s too scary, it’s rubbish, who do you think you are?  Then the other little voice says  BE BRAVE…BE MORE…be bloomen be ….but just do it.


Bloomen Sake …

I don’t talk much here normally about my other “hat”. In addition to my art business painting pictures I also run another business. One other side of me is that I’m a self taught musician (well I dabble really ….I certainly won’t be going into the X Factor). However I write and record all my own music and I teach babies and toddlers through music in my other little business here… www.littlehandsmusic.co.uk

Furthermore it’s strange living two different lives so to speak. At the start of the week I’m with fabulous wonderful parents, giving them tips on child development, and watching their babies and toddlers develop through music. Then the other part of the week I’m busy working on my art.

 I did Go and Bloomen Do It

It’s only taken over a year to develop, but I decided to bring  some of my paintings and coasters to show the parents in my classes.
I explained to them about my other hat, my art business that I have been trying to set up since April last year. (They didn’t know about it as I’ve been keeping it a secret.) It’s taken a long time to get to this point, with all the researching I’ve had to do (never mind actual painting!) You bear your soul when you paint, somehow. It’s not like selling I dunno, cars or telephones. Instead it’s a part of you with emotions attached. Sometimes sadness, sometimes wonder and magic and sometimes for no other reason than it’s just fun.

Here is Some of My Work

I thought I would show you too….this evening. Parents were so supportive and enthusiastic it really has inspired me to push forward past my self-doubt. One grandmother bought one of my paintings straight away. It was one that has been printed onto glass and comes framed. I’ll see if she can give me a testimonial next week, as I know it’s for her little grandson who’s scarcely a year old. Another mum bought a mouse card for her friend who is a vet. It’s lovely seeing my work going out into the world and bringing joy. That’s really what it’s all about.

Perhaps you would like to own a piece of my artwork? Or have a piece for someone special in your life?  In time the website will be updated or get in touch as exciting times ahead

Family Celebration on my First Sale

Yesterday evening we celebrated my first sale as my “proper” business name rather than as a hobby. It really give me a boost in confidence that the first time I’ve shown my work it sold. It’s made me feel that I am on the right road on my journey in becoming a “proper” artist.

I took both his lordship and junior ladyship out for a fish and chip supper to celebrate, and it felt really good that it was me paying for it rather than his lordship. It felt bloomen good 🙂

I’ve decided from the reaction to yesterday’s blog post about inspiring quotes and how they inspire us, that I will use this quote to add to an image and if it inspires you like it does me, then job done! I’m going to have that available to purchase – watch this space 🙂

My question to you is, what are you going to ….

Just Go and Bloomen Do?  Do post a comment and let me know.

I hope I have inspired you to face your fears?

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By |2018-07-27T23:48:29+00:00June 22nd, 2016|Seascape Artist|20 Comments


  1. Sue 23rd June 2016 at 1:01 am - Reply

    Fabulous Joan. I really like the glass pictures.

    • joan 23rd June 2016 at 9:06 am - Reply

      aw thanks Sue, that means a lot to hear thank you xx

  2. Ruth Wright 23rd June 2016 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Well Done!! It is brave of you to fight through the doubts….and it’s paid off! A sale! Congratulations. I know how much that will mean to you. It will bring confidence as you spread your wings and sell more. Sometimes we do have to stop thinking about things and just go ahead and ‘bloomed do it’ as you say. It takes guts, lots of them, and sometimes we may find we need to backtrack and readjust our goals but even that step is an advance in the right direction. Time to reflect and take stock of what we are doing, will not be wasted but, indeed, there comes a time when we just have to ‘give it a go’ and forge ahead. …Listen to me….I am guilty of procrastination! So what will I be doing? I will be taking a leaf from your book and I will ‘bloomen do it’. ….today! I will come out from my hiding place and be brave and will start to show my fabric designs! I’m scared too. Thank you Joan…you’ve inspired me. I wonder who else will comment with their ‘bloomen do it’ revelation! Best wishes.

    • joan 23rd June 2016 at 9:03 am - Reply

      Fab Ruth …..be brave…you need to show the world 🙂 do keep me posted about how it goes xx

  3. Melanie 23rd June 2016 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Ah Joan so glad you have continued on this journey your passion shines through! You are a talented lady x

    • joan 23rd June 2016 at 9:05 am - Reply

      many thanks Melanie 🙂 a long journey indeed but I need to keep going now with it 🙂 xx

  4. Frances 23rd June 2016 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Wow! Those are gorgeous! I totally agree tho, sometimes it’s just a case of giving it a go. And the more I research, the more I see that those who got things done didn’t rely on accolades, but I was their passion that got them where they are!

    • joan 23rd June 2016 at 9:00 am - Reply

      Thanks so much Frances ..yep I’m pushing myself to stop this self talk of rubbish and just get it bloomen done…so…we must get a bloomen date in the diary lol xx

  5. Claire 23rd June 2016 at 11:30 am - Reply

    wow – how cool is that. I loe your paintings and I’m so thrilled for you – yipee xx

    • joan 23rd June 2016 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      hi ya Claire, thanks so much 🙂 getting there slowly xx

  6. Tosca Lahiri 24th June 2016 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Great news Joan….congratulations. Keep blogging

    • joan 24th June 2016 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      Hi ya Tosca, thank you for your encouragement xx

  7. Sarah Taylor 24th June 2016 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Well done Joan im proud of you! it takes a leap if faith in ourselves to put our work out there and it is the most incredible feeling when people like it and buy it. They look amazing so im not surprised though xxx

    • joan 24th June 2016 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      Oh Sarah thank you for being on my journey! Yes it is a wonderful feeling indeed as you well know. xxx

  8. Lucy R 28th June 2016 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Fantastic news Joan. You’ve got lots to shout about and beautiful things to inspire people. Stand tall and proud.

    • joan 28th June 2016 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Many thanks Lucy, Yes cart wheels at the moment lol …found out today one of my paintings will going to Hong Kong in a couple of weeks…how mad is that lol !!!!

  9. Petra Omoregie 28th June 2016 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Congratulation on your sell. You should show your art more often. It is very encouraging to read your story and that it takes long time for you before decided to go for it and be “full time” artist (or “proprer artist” as you call it. I am still in the procces of thinking if I want to make a living as artist or just keep it as a hobby. Well done Joan. I am looking forward to see more of your art.

    • joan 29th June 2016 at 7:53 am - Reply

      I am lucky that at the moment my husband is able to support me to a point, as he works. If I didn’t have his help I would not be able to do it. I also have a very small business teaching music. I think it is ok to do both? Maybe be an artist and do your main job? I still need to sell a lot more before I feel it is a “proper business” but plan to hopefully do a fair at Christmas time. It’s all about planning and I know I need to be doing that too…

  10. Grace 19th July 2016 at 6:35 am - Reply

    I admire no one more than artists. And I certainly admire you, Joan. Well (bloomin’) done!

    • joan 20th July 2016 at 2:10 am - Reply

      thank you so very much Grace….the feeling is mutual xx

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