DIARY OF AN ARTIST: Inspired by Wales

 

A couple of weeks ago I took a short break away with my partner to the Welsh countryside. It was a trip full of exploration and getting back to nature which was just what was needed during what’s been a pretty non-stop year this year. I wish it could have been a little bit of a longer trip but it still felt like a great relief to get away from the city and experience a change of scenery for a few days without even having to travel very far.

 

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We stayed in an adorable beech wood cabin in Tintern with a fire-pit outside for evening barbecues and toasted s’mores (my new favourite thing). It certainly made me appreciate all that the UK has to offer for holidaying without necessarily having to break the bank on flights and fancy hotels. Along the way over the three days we also visited Chepstow, Monmouth, St Briavels and RSPB Nagshead in The Forest of Dean. I spotted a few red kites whilst wandering about which I have heard are becoming increasingly widespread in Wales so this was exciting to see. We were really hoping to spot some wild boar or perhaps even fallow deer on our walk at Nagshead but didn’t have much luck unfortunately.


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There was a great deal of beautiful old buildings to see too, both in the towns and villages we visited as well as some incredible historical ruins. We took a good look around Tintern Abbey but also discovered an incredible old church ruin at the top of a hill overlooking the Abbey called St. Mary’s. If you’re ever in Tintern this one was well worth finding as the views were amazing and all the overgrowth made it feel so much more fascinating and spiritual.

 

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Among all of the places we saw I gathered loads of inspiration from a whole range of sources. As always beautiful colours and textures are what really captivate me as you can probably guess from the two images above. I hope seeing all those natural hues of browns and greys against bright pops and rough varying surfaces will fuel my painting practice further in the coming month as I have a couple of upcoming exhibitions to announce still before the year is out!

For now, I am back to it working hard on launching my new collection of water-bird designs. I have begun sending off the designs for production this week so feeling super excited to get the first lot of printed products back and see how they have turned out soon! It will take me until October most likely to photograph and upload everything new so you’ll have to be a little patient still, but if you’re local to Bristol you might be lucky enough to get a first peek a little sooner!

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DIARY OF AN ARTIST: Keeping It Real

 

Today I wanted to share something a little different on the blog. I’m a huge advocate of always being honest in life and just generally keeping it real. So last Sunday I shared something on my Instagram story that provoked an incredibly warm and positive response from the designer-maker community around me that I never expected to get. The post that’s prompted me to write this blog entry is the image below about a bad market day I’d had that day. In fact, although it was the first time I’d ever sold nothing, it wasn’t the first bad market I’d done for sure and I’m sure there will be more bad market days to come too. But the response I had from people showing such surprise that I might not have sold anything made me think how being honest like that has so much more value than even I realised.

 

 

I’ve heard many fellow designer-makers say to me recently how social media can be a real struggle for them sometimes and how hard it becomes not to constantly compare yourself. To see how hard everyone else appears to be working and think ‘I’m not as good as them’ or ‘I should be doing what they’re doing’, etc. As much we all love to see a snapshot into each-other’s worlds and find inspiration from one another, there is unfortunately also an uglier side to Instagram and social media and I really hate to hear that it gets people down the way it does sometimes.

Sharing that very simple truth that day really made me realise how much we all need to hear about the bad days as much as the good! I’m not saying we should begin complaining about all the shit that goes on in life every single day, but sometimes maybe it’s ok and actually a really good thing to show each-other that we’re not perfect and that bad stuff happens to us all no matter how hard we try.

That market was an especially bad one for me but actually, I’d also had a pretty poor market only the weekend before that, and before that I’d had a very disappointing day only a month ago. Between those bad days I’d also had great days though and in fact the evening that I’d posted my truthful story, I received a large online order which really helped to lift my spirits and turned the day completely on it’s head!

I have to admit though, I do find myself thinking whenever I share a post on social media that I mustn’t make my business look unsuccessful or appear unprofessional by complaining so I consciously try to only share the positives. But last Sunday made me realise that whilst we are all probably thinking that way, we all believe that everybody else in the world is doing better than us and everyone else’s life is peachy perfect! And my gosh of course NOBODY’S life is peachy perfect but we all somehow find ourselves comparing and believing it. SO I wanted to write this post if anything just to put some awareness out there and to encourage anyone reading this to be honest… To not feel afraid to share the truth if you’ve had a tough day… and to know that we all have bad days even if we act like we don’t. SO BE REAL ALWAYS!

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DIARY OF AN ARTIST: Tattoo Commission

A new feature for the blog called Diary of an Artist which I hope may give a little interesting insight into the process and ideas behind my work.

I’ve been working on my first ever commissioned illustration for a tattoo design over the past couple of weeks. Someone who’s seen my work in Bristol approached me via Instagram to ask if I would draw a hummingbird design for her to use for a tattoo. It’s really exciting to be asked to do something especially for someone and a little different to my usual design application.

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I’ve loved every minute of drawing this hummingbird and can’t wait to see the final tattoo literally in the flesh! I have had others show interest in the application of my illustrations for tattoo designs previously so it’s something I’d be very happy to continue with on a commission basis. If you’d like a bird, insect or perhaps some other kind of wild creature designed by Sky Siouki for your next tattoo then please do send me an email for a quote!

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This is the finished illustration. I always try to post the progress of my drawings on my Instagram profile and stories so do make sure to follow me on there if you’d like to see more of my creative process! My next illustration is going to be a cormorant for a special Bristol inspired design.

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