Many thanks to everyone who bought a painting from my online show, Sixteen Days Of Summer; it was a great success! I really enjoyed embracing social media and putting the paintings on Twitter and Instagram.
Now I have a really nice Christmas offer - I'm having a small number of hardbacks made of my book and the first fifty books ordered will come with a free calendar featuring images from the book and a Christmas card hand-drawn by me. You can pre-order right now and they will be ready to send on the 12th November!
I'm very excited to announce Sixteen Days Of Summer - my latest "painting a day" project. From 16th October I'll be putting a new painting in my shop at 9am each morning, for sixteen days. The paintings - acrylic on canvas, either 5"x7" or 6"x6", with lovely bespoke frames - will cost £425 each. Here's a sneak preview of the first day's painting...
Thank you so much to everyone who has written a review of A Brush With The Coast, either here on my website or on Amazon. I've been running a prize draw for all those who bought my book online and then wrote a review on Amazon, and I'm pleased to announce the winner - Sandra Mänty from Finland! Sandra's prize - an original framed watercolour from the book is winging its way to her now.
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I have had a fantastic few months' painting and posting! My book has really taken off and I have been over the moon with the positive feedback. Last month I won the non-fiction category of the Rubery Book Award – it came as a complete surprise and really bolstered my confidence.
Waterstones in Truro have really got behind me and have done a great window display with my actual walking boots and even my traveling easel!
I've also had articles in a few magazines, which has been very exciting, including Cornwall Today, Country Life, Country Walking and Purbeck Magazine
I have taken over a room in our house purely for the wrapping and posting of the book (2,000 books take up a lot of space). We've worked out that there are four tonnes of books in our spare room! Luckily it is on the ground floor.
In between posting I am painting and have sent new work to The Mulberry Tree Gallery and Fowey River Gallery.
Many thanks to everyone who has left a review of the book online and thank you for all your lovely emails, I really appreciate your support.
I have had the most amazing response to the book and now I'm in the middle of hanging the paintings from the book for the Open Studios. There are acrylics, watercolours and drawings - some framed, some mounted - and every single image from the book is available.
I'll be opening up my home from 11am to 5pm on both weekends of the Open Studios (23rd/24th and 30th/31st May.)
If you can't make it in person and there is a picture you want then you can drop me an email (email@example.com). In some ways you can use the book as a catalogue.
The first ten people to come in person to the Open Studios and buy a copy of my book will get a free sketch from the book (randomly chosen by me!). I look forward to seeing everyone that can make it.
I'm very excited to say that the book is printed and ready to sell! At the moment it's only available through my online shop, but I'll keep posting updates as and when it reaches other stockists!
So, a few weeks later than I had hoped, the printers are finally printing my book! The last few weeks have been the most difficult of the whole self-publishing process but things are now moving. Yesterday I popped into the printers to see how it all works - it was odd to see my images everywhere and fascinating to see all the different stages.
After Easter I'm going to send out an email with all the book details and how to pre-order a copy... not long now!
So, only a few more weeks to go before the big event!! Everyone who has signed up for my mailing list will get an email as soon as my book is available to buy, so keep an eye on your inbox! It's going to sell for £40 plus p&p and for that you get a whopper of a book and hundreds of pictures plus a good read and I will sign every one!! There will be a book launch at Waterstones in Truro in April and I will keep you all informed about the dates nearer the time.
As I've mentioned, all the images from the book will be available to buy at my Open Studio event in May (again, details will follow).
In the meantime, here are a few more images to whet your appetite...
I'm dipping a toe into the world of social media and as a start I'm going to put an image from my book onto Instagram every day for a few weeks... follow me if you'd like to keep up to date (my username is sashamayharding)!
Well ladies and gentlemen, I've just completed the final illustration for my book! I can't quite believe I've finished it; it may take a day or two to sink in. Out of interest I counted up all the images and there are over 300... now that is a lavishly illustrated book! Here's a sneak peek of the front cover:
I've loved nearly every minute of working on it and have learnt so much. And now the fun bit starts - it's time to crack on with a bit of PR, ready for the launch at the beginning of May.
I'm going to take part in the Open Studios this May and will use it as a way of selling the book but also all 300 of the images from the book will be for sale - some framed, some mounted. The first ten people to buy a book at the Open Studios will get a free drawing, and I'll let everyone know about the dates nearer the time.
So, back to real life! I have a few commissions and then I need to crack on with work for various galleries (but first I am going to have a day or two off)!!