Haggerston, Hackney, London

No video this week, but I’ve added a new greeting card in my on-line shop – more on that in a moment. I’ve also been socialising a lot – and whilst it’s good that I’m meeting people face-to-face, rather than hiding behind my computer all the time, my inner Introvert is whispering to me (loudly) that I’m running out of energy and I need to stay in more, this coming week!

On Sunday I joined the London Brunch Club Instameet group for a photo walk along a stretch of Regents Canal in Haggerston, Hackney. I love being by the water: canal, river, lake or sea – it doesn’t matter which. I now want to film the whole length of Regents Canal – it’s rather long though…

Regents Canal, London

I’m also planning to make a film of the green spaces – parks and gardens – in central London. So after meeting up with my friend Beverley Glick, The Story Archeologist, to plan a short promotional video for her website, I started filming in Bloomsbury Square – which was probably a private garden for the residents of the Square, initially, but is now open to the public.

Bloomsbury Square

On Thursday it rained all day, so I got out my acrylic paints – for the first time in ages – and started painting. I’ve had the urge to paint since last summer, because I was finding it difficult to express myself in words. I wanted to get out of my head and into my body – and I thought that painting would be a way I could express myself physically rather than verbally, even though I haven’t really painted since I was a kid.

But I’ve noticed a lot of resistance to painting. I keep making myself busy, so I don’t have time to paint. And when I do set aside time, I feel terrified that I won’t know what to paint – or that what I paint will be rubbish. But when I start painting, I just lose myself in the process.

acrylic painting - copyright Julia Barnickle

Unlike my photos, I don’t often share my art. Just because I like it, doesn’t mean it’s any good, or that anyone else will like it. But this time I decided to stick my neck out and post the painting on Facebook and Instagram. I thought: what’s the worst that can happen? Maybe nobody will “like” my post – so what?

I was stunned by the response – more “likes” on Facebook than for anything I’ve ever posted before. One friend, who’s a career-change and business coach in the USA, said “Love this!! You could totally sell your art!” and another friend said “I would buy!” – what a confidence booster! 🙂

So it’s now available as a greeting card in my on-line shop – click on the image below – and I shall be dedicating more time to painting in the future!

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