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Sneak peek inside my studio

I want to give you a sneak peek into my happy place, my art studio where all my thoughts turn into things!

My (small) art studio 🙂

Now, I have to admit I didn’t tidy up before taking this picture. This space is important to me as it’s where I am creating a new collection of work all about ‘The Building Blocks of Church’.

I am really fired up about this work and soon I will be sharing more details. EEK! I’m so excited!!

If you’d like to be among the first to know, and receive other perks such as discounts, behind-the-scenes, and exclusive offers, please fill out the form to join my FREE members club email list here: https://hannahkirkartist.com/free-members-club/

Have the most wonderful day; before you go drop me a comment below and let me know if you make art too, or do you prefer to admire art?

Take care,

Hannah

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September 2019

Hi,

I’m glad you’re here! I’m sorry that my blog has been rather neglected recently. I’ve been making some changes to my website (I’d love you to explore my website and tell me what you think). The main changes have been changing the website into a fully working online shop (www.hannahkirkartist.com). I have also added my Artist Biography, which can be found here – About.

Alongside this I have continued to add to my Redbubble Shop.

I’d love to take this opportunity to show you my latest pieces of art:

This was a painting which I did after having a vision from God and the instruction to paint this white horse for someone in particular. I’m pleased with the result.

This was painted during my latest art course. I love the movement of different shades of red, orange and purple in the background, contrasting the elegance of the silhouette of Spanish Flamenco Dancer.

I painted this during one of my art courses. I was painting in acrylics on stretched canvas wrapped in newspaper. I love how the newspaper adds depth and texture to the painting. The painting is a mountain lake scene at sunset.

That’s all for now. I look forward to hearing from you soon. I have some exciting news to share soon, so please subscribe to my FREE Members Club email list to be sure you don’t miss out!

Take care,

Hannah

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July 2019

Hi,

A lot has happened in the last month! It’s been so busy. I’ve been learning so much, and enjoyed spending some more time creating art. The pieces of art that I’ve produced have been taking me longer to paint than usual, as they’ve been bigger. So, that has meant that my 365 challenge for July looks very empty.

In other news, I’ve opened a Redbubble shop. It occurred to me that most of my followers come from other countries. I thought that if I offered a ‘print on demand’ service, then more people would be able to purchase my artwork – and have it delivered to wherever they live. I, therefore, now have an online shop selling lots of different products with my artwork (and photographs) on. Please do check it out and see whether there’s anything that you’d like to buy. They all make lovely gifts.

The items I sell include: drinks coasters, clocks, phone case/skins, zipper pouches, canvas prints, photo prints, posters, greetings cards, coffee mugs, water bottles, notebooks, throw pillows, and lots more….

Here are some photos of some of my designs:

Thank you for supporting me.

Blessings,

Hannah Kirk

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Swan Painting

In this blog I’d like to share with you the story behind my Swan painting.

Have you heard the story The Ugly Duckling? I have! When I was little I remember watching the video. It resonated with me so much – I felt like an ugly duckling and that I never fitted in. I was told that I was ugly and stupid and that I didn’t belong. Therefore, I believed these lies and developed mental health disorders as a result.

A few years ago, my pastor re-framed this mindset into ‘You’re not an ugly duckling, you’re a beautiful cygnet and you are transitioning into a beautiful swan’. I believed him. It actually sparked my love for cygnets and swans. In fact, it also sparked my recovery!

This painting, of a swan, was painted using one of my own reference photograph. Here is the reference photograph I used (Credit: Hannah Kirk Photographer):

For the month of August I’m donating 25% of sales to The Vine Centre in Aldershot – a very worthy charity which is close to my heart. If you’d like to purchase this piece of beautiful and original artwork, please click this link: https://hannahkirkartist.com/swan/ or contact me for other payment arrangements.

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Rolling Hills at Night

I’ve started a blog series about my paintings. The one I’d like to share the story of today is:

Product details: Rolling Hills at Night
Painted in Acrylics Canvas Board. Size: 18cm x 13cm. Price: £30 includes this beautiful original painting and postage and packing (within the UK).

I occasionally have the opportunity to go and paint at a local coffee shop. I sit and paint and then give my paintings to people in order to bless them. This one was the 4th one I painted during my last ‘art ministry’ session, and it wasn’t quite finished before I had to go and pick up my youngest from school.

Therefore, I’m selling this one to put towards the funds of another art ministry session. It’s an adaptation of ‘Rolling Hills at Dusk’ that I painted a couple of months previous to painting this.

I love the bright colours and the calming scene.

For the month of July I’m donating 25% of sales to The Vine Centre, in Aldershot – a very worthy charity which is close to my heart.

If you’d like to purchase this piece of beautiful and original artwork, please click this link: https://hannahkirkartist.com/rolling-hills-at-night/ ,or contact me for other payment arrangements.

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Calm Coaat

I have decided to write blogs about my paintings. It seems a strange thing to do – mix my writing skills with my art.

I hope you enjoy reading about them. To see more of my art, click the tabs at the top of my website.

The first painting I want to show you is called Calm Coast. It’s painted in acrylics on stretched canvas. Size: 40cm x 30cm.

I holiday in Mallorca twice each year. It’s a favourite place of mine. When I started at School Of Acrylic Painting, in January this year, I was taught how to paint in this style. We didn’t use reference photos – we painted from our imagination. However, it’s reminiscent of Mallorca’s coastline.

I enjoyed the process. It was calming to paint from left to right in a smooth way. This technique is helpful as therapy for my mental health disorders because of the left to right motion (used by EMDR professionals). I also like the calming nature of the seascape – hence its name ‘calm coast’.

For the month of July I’m donating 25% of sales to The Vine Centre in Aldershot – a very worthy charity which is close to my heart. If you’d like to purchase this piece of beautiful and original artwork (£80 incliding p&p within the UK) please click this link: https://hannahkirkartist.com/calm-coast-2/ or contact me for other payment arrangements.

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April

Hi there,

I’ve had a better month, although I’ve started living by the phrases ‘less is more’ and ‘it’s quality, not quantity’. That’s mainly because I’ve stopped being creative every day!

At the beginning of the year I had high hopes that I could be creative every day! That seems foolish now. Having said that I’m very pleased with the quality of the art that I’ve produced.

Here’s the link to view April’s art: https://hannahkirkartist.com/april/

Following the art exhibition that I was part of, in April, I’ve decided to be more active in selling my art. Therefore, in the month of May, any sales I make, I’l give 25% of the sale price to a charity that I support: Yeldall Manor. So, if you purchase one of my paintings you’ll support me in my quest to support them!

Thank you!

Take care, Hannah Kirk

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February and March

Hi there!

I’ve had a very busy couple of months, so I’ve not done anywhere near as much art as I would have liked. Everything creative I have done, and all of my works in progress can be found here: February and March. 

April is also shaping up to look bare when I publish my creativity at the end of the month. Sigh. I have, however, got 8 paintings in a group art exhibition at the West End Centre, Aldershot.

Hannah

Do you also find that life doesn’t go according to plan? It’s disappointing when we don’t achieve what we set out to achieve, isn’t it? I’m trying to not let it get the better of me, and I’m starting again. Each day is a new day, with its own challenges. Each day I have the choice to be creative, mostly I just need to be organised – which is easier said than done. I intend to get back into art, but it might need to be after the school holidays.

I’ll keep you posted though. Take care. TTFN.

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January Complete

So, at the beginning of 2019, I set myself the challenge of being creative everyday. The things on my creativity list include: loom band bracelets and charms, knitting, sewing, painting, drawing, colouring, etc. I’ve even included baking cakes in my list of creative things I do. My hope was that this would boost my mood. Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case. However, I do feel a sense of achievement for having completed a whole month of being creative, however basically, every day. Here’s a link to January.

I’m thinking that I’d like to continue doing this for the foreseeable future. I’d like to think that I can keep it up for a whole year, but I’ve already given up writing every day, so who knows.

As well as being a visual glimpse into my life, and what I do creatively each day, and as a way of trying to boost my mood and confidence, I hope that you enjoy seeing these creative projects. Sometimes these projects are quick and easy, others take a long time to complete. Part of the beauty of doing this challenge is that you get to see works in progress, and me trying new things – I don’t know how common it is for artists to show their works in progress, or even when they try new things and it doesn’t turn out right. It makes the artist feel very vulnerable and insecure (which is a problem for creatives generally – even on good days!).

Please let me know if you like seeing my creative journey; comments and likes make this sort of thing even more enjoyable and worthwhile.

How are your goals or resolutions for 2019 going?

Would you like to join me in taking being creative every day? Creativity can include art, crafts, creative writing. You don’t need to be brilliant – I know I’m not. Just try; you might even enjoy it! You can share photos of your creativity on my Hannah Kirk Artist Facebook page too, if you like.

Anyway, take care and happy creating!

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This is not quite the start

In January and February, this year, I spent some time in hospital. While there I discovered that my new found creativity was the most effective part of my recovery. I discovered that writing was a new found love of mine. So, I started a Christian blog called Morning Coffee With Abba. In August, I decided that I’d actually like to sell my artwork and photography as a way of funding my writing. So, I started a business using the same name as my blog. However, this presented me with some problems.

So, I’ve now branched out further. I now have two trading names linked to my Ltd company. The first is this one, ‘Hannah Kirk Artist‘. The other is, ‘Hannah Kirk Photography‘. This then keeps things separate enough to show off the different elements of my creativity to people who are interested in the different aspects – without lumping it all to everyone.

That means that those who are interested in my writing won’t be bombarded with artwork or photography. Likewise, those interested in my art won’t have my writing or photographs shoved at them. If you are interested in two or more aspects though, feel free to follow, or ‘like’, more than just this one. 🙂

I hope you enjoy browsing my art. There is the option to buy through this website or order commissions.

Thanks,

Hannah

Hannah Kirk Artist is a trading name of Morning Coffee With Abba Ltd, registered in England and Wales number 11532057