26 August 2010

New Paintings!

First of all let me appologise for the bad photographs, the lighting in my room is terrible and some of the paintings are still wet so I can;t take them with flash. But anyway, these are some of the new paintings I've been doing as part of my 4 Simple Goals I blogged about here. They will be available to buy from my Esty Store once I get better photos of them.

The first painting is the most recent and it was so much fun! Definitely going to do more of these. I see alot of Etsians and vintage bloggers drool over the Polaroid Land Camera, you will find images of this camera dotted across hundreds of blogs (and can you blame them? It's a beautiful camera, though I've no idea what they photograph like) so I decided to try one in a painting and I'm very happy with the result.

The design for my dead birdie painting was originally a house warming present for a friend, I blogged about it here. He allowed me to paint another version of it (infact, he practically insisted on it) and there will be a collection of them soon. I've loads of sketches for more of these as the original painting has gotten lots of attention in it's new home. We also jokingly came up with a newer design for something similar, but it will actually work so I'm going to start on those when I can.

These are just some cute rainbow designs I put together. I'm not sure where these came from or why but I really enjoy painting them.

And of course, a Zombie painting. 'Zombies are were people too!' is also going to be another collection with this black haired zombie girl in quite a few.

I have to say none of these paintings are my usual style, but my new goal is to create simpler, quicker paintings and it's working really well for me. It's so much fun and makes me enjoy painting more. Plus because I'm finishing paintings it's making me feel more productive and excited to be able to move on to another painting.

Aoife x

4 Simple Goals ... A Blog Project by Elsie

A lot of people who follow A Beautiful Mess will know that the author, Elsie, has started a wonderful blog project called 4 Simple Goals. It's taken me a while to figure out what my goals are, but finally I've had some time to sit down and decide.

Her guidelines are as follows:

1. choose simple goals that will make your life richer and happier on a daily basis. choose things you may not otherwise get done, but that are not difficult to accomplish. 
2. do not choose result oriented goals, choose activity oriented goals. for example.... instead of "lose 10 pounds", choose something like "eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day". get what i'm saying? positive actions instead of just the end result! 
3. choose goals that are personal that you believe will truly make your life richer just by doing them! they can be daily, weekly or one time experiences. 
4. choose a reward for each goal as it is accomplished! it can be a small or large reward. 
5. blog your goals, each one as you achieve it and a big post when they are all finished before the new year!

So, my 4 Simple Goals are as follows:

1. Paint
It's amazing how something I love so much is so neglected. I used to spend months, even years finishing oil paintings. I'm now going to start using acrylic paints to speed up my painting process and finish quicker, simpler paintings that will be more fun and less draining than the larger, longer projects.
I'm hoping this will improve my skills, find new techniques and bring out new ideas.

2. Write
I love creative writing, but again it's something I don't do very often even though I keep a journal FULL of ideas. I'm going to start flicking through my writing journal and make use of the forgotten ideas and brainstorms by writing short stories just to amuse myself.
From this I hope to rediscover the joy I had in Secondary School (High School) when we had a creative essay assignment (I even really enjoyed writing my thesis in college). Hopefully this will spur more creativity and will possibly spill over into more projects.

3. De-Clutter
I have been on a very slow mission to de-clutter my life. For a while now I've felt very bogged down by everything I own, most of it completely useless and only vaguely sentimental. Ebay has been my main source of getting rid of my belongings and recently my sister, my friend and I have gone to weekly carboot sales to rid ourselves of useless clutter. My goal is to keep de-cluttering my belongings to only the pieces I really like, throw away things when they get useless instead of hanging onto them and resist buying in more useless stuff, unless I really need it.
From this I am hoping to own a number of good, high quality items instead of lots of cheap flimsy goods (i.e. 10 good pairs of well made, quality shoes instead of 30 pairs of cheap, easily breakable shoes) and hopefully it will encourage me to hand-make my own dresses and clothes instead of filling my wardrobe with barely worn, irrelevant junk.

4. Is a Secret
Unfortunately, my fourth goal is currently a secret. Only a handful of people know what I'm up to. Recently, due to unavoidable personal reasons, I've had to cut my plans to move to Galway short which was very upsetting as I had to leave a very good friend of mine hanging. My Mother, seeing how upset I was, decided to help me with something I've been talking about for a while now. I am currently taking small steps everyday towards this, with alot of help from my family and the few friends I've told. I will share more when I know for sure that this can definitely happen.
From this I am hoping to have something to look forward to everyday when I wake up. It's something that's making me want to achieve the first three goals even more. Also, the small steps in this goal might eventually lead to a dream of mine.

** You can view my new post about this secret goal here**

I'd love to hear what you think of this project, or even if you're taking part. Leave a comment linking me to your blog if you've posted goals already, or if Elsie has inspired you to start, link me when you've decided what they are. I think this is a wonderful project and will help alot of people change things in their lives for the better.

Aoife x

23 August 2010

KimDot, Zombie Etsy Teams shop of the week ...

Aw, how lovely! Marie from DeviantCandy & the Zombie Etsy Team chose KimDot for this weeks shop of the week. It was really fun answering their questions and it's pretty cool to see how other Zombie Etsians get inspired.
Other shops of the week included Licoricewits and Zombigurumi.

Here's a peak at the post:

KimDot is our Shop of the Week

 Posted by Zombie Etsy Team on August 23, 2010 at 9:47 AM

KimDot is our Shop of the Week!

Let’s give Aoife a warm welcome and take a look at her zombie goodies!

Aoife, I’m sure we are all wondering how you got into gaming AND zombies. Can you tell us a few things about yourself and your shop?

What starts the creative process?

Mostly day dreaming. I'm very rarely in the here and now and my mind often wonders to strange scenarios which pops and idea into my head.
What I love about the creative process is when your ideas expand and change, so what you finish with is a
completely different idea to what you started with. For example, my zombie dolls were a college project which started out as deformed fetus dolls in jars, then grew to dolls with disabilities, then changed to zombie dolls for my etsy shop.

Have you been inspired by any other zombie artists?

Most of my love for all things zombie come from games, films and endless arguments about the best ways to
survive zombie attacks. Unfortunately, I'm not very aware of many zombie artists and it's something I'd like to fix and research more.

Do you have any favorite inspirational places?

I would love to have a place like that but I trained myself to be able to sit anywhere and feel inspired. It's a
habit I got myself into in college and it's proved quite useful. I did this by socilising when I had creative work
to do. I would bring my sewing, painting, sketchbooks or essays to other peoples apartments and do my work amongst friends. I used to get quite frustrated when my surroundings felt uninspiring, now I can focus on my journals or sketchbooks and block out the world around me.
However, I do explore lots of abandoned houses and castle ruins in Ireland and these places keep me day dreaming about having places to hide out if there's ever a zombie outbreak.

What did your family think of your creations? Did they love them at first sight?

Yep, the absolutely loved them! My family are used to my art being a little strange so my zombie items were tame compared to some of my other work.

What are your future plans for your shop?

I'm going to try to include more zombie items, of course ... I would like to expand and re-design some of my dolls and will be experimenting with different textures for them. Hopefully, I will be able to branch out into Zombie photography and I also have ideas for a collection of zombie themed paintings in the works, so stay tuned!

Thank you so much for including me in shop of the week, I'm very honoured to be a part of it :)

Aoife from KimDot x

Let's take a look at some of her unique creations. I especially love the unique zombie case!

I hope you enjoyed our latest Shop of the Week and continue to watch for more!

You can follow Aoife and her creations at: http://aoife-blake.blogspot.com

Happy zombifying!