Ryan James


Back at the canvas!


I can't describe to you how good it feels to have the fire back in my belly. This week I have not only managed to get a painting done but I am itching to find some time to sit my butt down and work on some more. I have been writing poetry, getting more blogs done ( blogging is part of my day job ) and writing chapter outlines for a few books PLUS I started a new novel. I actually don't care about the progress at the moment I am literally just happy to have ideas in my head and more importantly the will to make something happen with them. That's another little lesson that I've taken from my 3 months sabbatical. A gentle reminder that creativity itself is the goal. Of course I knew this deep down but when you are in the habit of trying to monetise something that is creative the focus can easily shift to a business mindset rather than a free thinking one. Plus, when I was doing the vlogs something about them was feeling a little constrictive. I will get back to them I swear but at the moment I feel like I just want to paint a little and show you what I'm doing as I'm doing it.



I am still working creatively on the fauns and faeries that litter my work and I have begun sketching again. My goal is literally 20 minutes a day and it's surprising how much you can get done in a concentrated time like that. The only habit I have to break now is the usual distractions that come with working from home. I swear sometimes I click a few buttons on youtube whilst I have my lunch and I look at the clock and an hour has passed! It's the same with a Netflix series or any social media scrolling. As you know I love instagram and I can be on there for ages so I have to find a routine that is a little more productive. I guess because of the break I have let everything slide but now that I feel like I am back in my own skin I am going to hold myself to my own promises whilst also making sure I don't burn myself out. I certainly don't want to go through that again. I hope that I can get more done as the year progresses and I am hoping that I don't end up in the position I did last year by trying to fit everything into the last 3 months... but we'll see.



I do want to say a little Thank you to those of you who messaged me and I did get a little support from those of you who had been in similar situations. It can be tough to get yourself together after a stumble like that but I have, I feel better and I am back at the helm! This weekend I am going to have a little look at my website and see what updates need to happen, I know one thing that needs to shift is the way I sell and what I'm selling. Etsy does not seem to be working for me so I might have to find another way of reaching people! Anything you think I might like or if there are any resources out there then please feel free to let me know, I'd be very grateful!



That's all for now folks,



Big Love,



Ryan James x




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