Welcome to my new blog, which I recently decided to set up for lots of reasons ; to share my ideas, my sketches, photography, inspiration and of course new products launching or coming soon to my Etsy shop. But also because I just enjoy writing and I didn’t realise how much I missed it until recently, when I was writing descriptions for my botanical prints for my new online shop. The realisation hit me like a slap around the face. How did it never occur to me how much I enjoyed writing? Well, I know the answer to that question immediately. Because I haven’t been writing, I’m not a writer, I’m not a journalist. I’m an artist. So how can you miss something you don’t do. How do you know you miss something that isn’t tangible ie a person? This question reminds me of that profound, semi-rhetorical philisophical thought experiment ‘If a tree falls in a forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” I’m digressing. Already.
I wrote a fashion blog for just over 4 years before I became, frankly, fatigued with the fashion blogging world. Not of the fashion world. No, never. But fashion blogging seemed to turn into something else along the way, and I wasn’t into where it was heading. I didn’t have the energy for it anymore. Its tiring. Keeping up the pace, the material side of it, the seemingly serious questioning of what outfit to wear and why. I procrastinated about ending my fashion blog for about six months before I actually made a decision. Four years is a long time to commit to a project. Alas, I concluded that chapter had come to an end. I didn’t know at the time where my next creative outlet would be but I wasn’t too worried either. I knew a new chapter would present itself to me in one form or another. And now I’ve decided what it is I really want to do, its this. Its drawing elements of nature and sharing what I draw and what I know, along the way, with likeminded folks like you. And I can do it at home, in my little studio, with my lovely little family by my side. And I’m very fortunate and aware of this priveliege of this freedom of my situation, and there isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t think about that.
I’ve always loved to draw. My drawing hasn’t always been good. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t enjoyed the process. I’ve had moments of despair and moments of total satisfaction, but thats just life, right? And life’s a journey and everyday’s a school day and I personally thrive when I know I’m learning. I can’t sit still. I can’t do nothing. I’m not good at doing nothing. I’m not a huge thinker, but I’m a big creator, so if I’m not creating something, then I’m not settled.
I love rubber stamp carving. I love painting with watercolour. Or gouache. I love DIY projects. I love to try anything new. But I always come back to drawing with a black pen. Thats it. Its all I need. And I love to draw lines. Which is basically drawing, I know, but line art is something a little different. Its using lines to add depth and tone. One extra line, to me, can be the making or breaking of a drawing. I call my drawings botanical because I love to draw plants and flowers. But they’re not botanical in a traditional sense. I’m not a traditional botanical artist. I have books about conventional floral studies and have studied alot of botanical drawings, but the drawings I love to create are more modern, simplified versions of what I see, which will, without a doubt, have been influenced by what I’ve seen in books. I have a few plants. I’m ok at looking after them – I still have a banana plant, even after a year of it sitting loyally on my studio windowsill. And a lemon tree we once thought was a lime tree, in a huge zinc planter, still, even after two years, produces the most fragrant lemon blossom all year long. It bears lemons every now and again, of which I’m partial to adding to hot water for a morning liver detox drink or to a hefty glug of gin for a refreshing evening retox. But I’m not a huge gardener. I’d like to say I was but I’m not. I have major garden envy of many peoples gardens and I’m hoping I reach a point in my life where my garden becomes a priority, but I’m not there yet. Perhaps thats my next life chapter, verse and blog……
If you’d like to see more of my work, take a look at my shop on Etsy. My store is very new but growing day by day. I’m also on Instagram at either @victoria__archer, my personal account, or @studio6illustrations.