G‘day! Welcome to my first post on my brand new website and blog!
I hope you like it. I think it’s wonderful! It’s bright and bold and colourful – and it makes me smile Well, what a journey it has been for me over the last 7 months! In November 2009 I decided to turn my love of painting into a creative biz. It was a leap of faith for sure, but I’m grateful to be in a position where I have been able to take baby steps and build things slowly, one new step at a time. Being a full time (stay at home) mother as well as trying to grow a new business certainly has had it challenges, none more so than lack of time! There have been many days where I would have given my eye teeth just to have had 4 or 5 hours to hole up in my studio and paint the new ideas buzzing around in my head, or get those receipts into MYOB, do some social networking or come up with some new marketing ideas. But for the most part, I have had to grab snippets of time here and there and do what I can with what I’ve had. So yes, it’s been slow, but steady, and for that I’m very thankful. I know that within a few short years I will have more time on my hands so it’s all good!
One of the first things I did when I decided to start my business was have my logo designed and brand myself. I decided on the name Donna Heart because my blog at the time was called *heart* life . So it’s partly a play on the whole “I love art” “I love this life” thing – and then a bit of me too. I like the fact thats it’s me, but it’s also a business name as well. Shortly after that I had business cards made up, my first run of greeting cards and I was off and running. My next plan was to get a new website, so in March this year, I found a great designer and we got together and started to design my way into the 21st century creative biz style, and this is what you see before you! I hope you pop by from time to time, pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and have a chat. What I really want for this blog is for it to be a real exchange of ideas and conversation between people. I’d love people to feel free to write honest opinions and thoughts, to exchange ideas and suggestions too! I want to be able to write about my artistic journey, the evolution of my paintings and my style. The new directions that are opened up to me along the way and perhaps every now and then the normal and everyday things like the beautiful time I just had down the beach with my kids…
I hope you enjoy having a look around. I have loaded up quite a few images to the gallery which you will first see as small snippets of the whole painting. If you click on any of those they will appear in full. In time they will be categorised, but for now you get to just play pot-luck!
It has been quite the journey to get it all right, but it’s been so worth it! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Leah who was the brains behind this website. She put up with lots of indescision from me and powered on like a trooper! So if you need a website designed, she’s your girl. Thankyou so much Leah!
Now it’s time…
Not one, but three prizes! In the spirit of new beginnings today I’d like to offer these three prizes up for grabs…
- For one reader they have a choice of one of my small canvases from my shop. They are 4×4 inches in size and you can see them all here.
- For another, a pack of my 6 blank cards, and
- the third a selection of my bookmarks. ( a set of 4)
Here’s the catch! What you need to do is pass on a message about my new website to at least one other person (more if you like)! Leave a message here with a link to your friend’s page (and your message there!) and I’ll draw a winner this Tuesday the 22nd of June. Or you could just let me know that you sent out an email, a tweet or a facebook shout out – something like that – I’ll believe you!
Thankyou so much for your on-going support. I appreciate you stopping by to read my posts and ramblings and bits and pieces. I’ve enjoyed every moment of sharing this crazy creative journey with you all and look forward to meeting many many more friends along the way!
Thanks for staying with me for a while and thankyou (in advance) for helping to spread the word about my new site! Today I choose brave! I hope you do too