Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #48, LouiseMead
This week we talk to Louise, painter of whimsical & abstract art. Her nature inspired work can be found in her Etsy shop, LouiseMead
Describe your “typical” working day or week
Painting is obviously a big part of what I do, and the part I love most, but there are lots of other tasks that go on behind the scenes to make sure I can keep on painting. Some of my other tasks include researching colour and home decor trends, building & priming custom-sized canvasses, writing my blog, keeping my social media pages up to date, working on my Etsy shop marketing, product photography, photography to build inspiration for new designs, photography for prints, producing prints, responding to customer queries, working with customers to come up with designs to fit their home decor, and packaging finished paintings for shipping. I’ve also recently started to run school workshops, which are great fun, and there’s some preparation work that goes into those as well. Finally, I try to make time to work on my skills and develop new painting techniques so that I’m able to evolve as an artist and keep bringing my customers something new and interesting.
When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?
I have another job to help pay the bills and I’m also studying for a degree through the Open University. It can be a task fitting everything in sometimes but it’s worth it to know that I’m able to do the thing that I love.
What was the first piece you ever sold?
On Etsy the first painting I sold was a custom order for a wedding tree.
What advice would you give someone taking up your craft for the first time?
Don’t be afraid to try different things – if a piece doesn’t turn out how you expected it to, you don’t have to show anybody and as long as you’ve enjoyed or learned something from the creative process, that’s the main thing. The more you try the better and more confident you’ll get.
What material do you most enjoy working with?
Without a doubt it has to be paint. I can draw and do enjoy drawing from time to time but you can’t beat the immediacy of paint.
Which piece of equipment would you be helpless without?
Aside from all my painting equipment I’d say my camera. It’s such a useful tool as it enables me to capture inspiration when I see it as well as allowing me to share and market my work and make prints of my paintings for people who like to collect them.
Tell us about what inspires and motivates you
When I paint, I generally want to share a little bit of light and positivity.
Tell us about one handmade item that you own and love
Probably the one handmade item that has meant more to me than any other is a wooden jewellery box my Grandad made for me. It’s so sturdy and has some really pretty detailing on the front. Now that he’s gone, it’s wonderful to hold on to something so personal that he made especially for me when I was a little girl.
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
I’m beginning to expand my range to include more abstract pieces. They’re quite different from the trees and flowers, but I think the palette and light in them should tie them together quite nicely.
Thank you Louise for this peek behind the scenes, we love your beautiful work!
Keep in touch with Louise on Facebook: @LouiseMeadArt, Pinterest: LouiseMead, Twitter @LouiseMeadArt and at louisemead.blogspot.co.uk