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A Day in the Life of an Artist

May 17, 2016

So I’m going to start this post off with a disclaimer. (Yippee) Every day is pretty different for me but this post is a real, life day. In fact, it’s everything that’s actually happened today. Although is it called ‘A Day in the Life of an Artist’, obviously every artist’s day looks different, this is just my take on it. Is it weird that I’m a little apprehensive to see what I actually do in a day?…

Wake up, check urgent mail/messages…..come around…

Wander around the studio deciding what tasks need to be done today

Make a cup of lemon tea & start filming a speed painting Youtube video of a giant crashing wave. In-between drying layers, I make a green smoothie, reply to emails and add paintings onto Etsy.

Edit video ready for YouTube and wonder what to have for lunch. Write a blog post all about my new wave paintings.

Work on a commissioned painting, take photos and email client. Put off lunch as I’m ‘in the zone’.

Finally listen to my stomach rumbling and search the kitchen for food. After finding nothing decide to make another green smoothie (hello bikini body!!!)

Have a coffee…and maybe even a couple of biscuits. (Goodbye bikini body)
Write another blog post and edit new photographs for my Instagram feed.


Carry on with commissions.

Decide my website needs a little TLC so I make minor adjustments with how it looks.

Hmmm…we should probably eat something soon so I look at what’s in the kitchen to eat. Nathan kindly decides to make tea, so I carry on working till it’s ready.

Eat tea whilst catching up from the weekend’s Britains Got Talent! (Get the tissues ready – makes me cry everytime.)

Wonder whether I should paint again…and decide against it. I’m in one of those moods where nothing I produce could ever ben good enough for the human race to see. Instead I decide to continue reading my book (1984 by George Orwell).

Time for bed. Brush teeth, wash face, wash feet*, moisturise (it’s important kids!)

Actually go to bed.

*I wanted to add a footnote about my feet-washing. Yes I suppose it could be seen as a bit weird. It’s not that I have dirty feet or anything. It’s become a nightly ritual since about 8 years of age. I stayed over at my auntie’s house who is Chinese and it is their tradition to wash their feet before bed, so I adopted this tradition for myself. It makes you feel wonderfully refreshed…try it!

So there we go…my ‘A Day in the Life of an Artist’. I wish every day was as productive as this one. I hope you found it interesting, and maybe put a bit of perspective about how much an artist spends time doing admin work, not just painting. In fact, on average I would say my week only consists of 30-40% painting, the rest is photographing, editing, uploading to social media, blog posts, filming videos, replying to emails/messages etc…you get the idea 🙂

I’d love to hear what you thought of this kind of post as it’s something a little different for me. And if you have any requests for blog posts, please let me know. I want to keep this stuff interesting for you!

Love Katie x

p.s. Watch the speed painting vide that I filmed earlier below!

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  • Reply Tim Piggott May 17, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    What a lovely day. That husband of yours sounds like a keeper!

    *note to self . . . Must remember to wash my feet tonight, and have more smoothies . . . Hello mankini

    • Reply Katie Jobling May 17, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      Haha! Funniest comment award definitely goes to you

  • Reply Sandra May 17, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Sounds good to me Katie, wish my hubby cooked!!
    Can relate to bikini body bit lol though when u get to 56 like me it’s a damn sight harder to achieve lol
    Enjoyed your video to, recipe for green smoothy please 🙂 x

    • Reply Katie Jobling May 22, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      Hi Sandra,
      Yes Nathan is pretty well trained now haha 😉 Thanks so much. For my green smoothie i use: 1 banana, large handful of spinach, a few chunks of frozen mango and pineapple, a splash of water, a spoonful of Bioglan supergreens, a sprinkling of chia seeds 😀

  • Reply Tonia May 23, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    I love the “wash feet before bed” idea! Lovely painting. I love the pallate and wave action! Warmest wishes!

    • Reply Katie Jobling May 28, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      It’s lovely but when you are super tired and it’s late the habit can be pretty annoying haha. Thank you so much! Have a lovely day 🙂

  • Reply Kate Nolte March 20, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Thank you so much for describing a whole day of your life. I’m working toward figuring out my next career and this was very helpful in knowing what it really is like or can be. I’ve never really painted, but the more I am exploring what I love, so much is pointing to how I view things, what I see and what I am attracted to. I have experimented with ceramic (1 project), a small watercolor painting, writing/blogging and some photography, but none have struck me fully to what I really want to do. I like the other areas that you focus on as well, the videos (I’ve watched 2 already!), blog, social media, photographing, etc. You have been very inspiring!! I may just have to buy some painting supplies and just go for it!!

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