BodaSzilvia My art journey January 2018

My art journey – monthly review for January

Since this blog is about my journey as a freelancer artist, I’ve decided to dedicate the last post each month to looking back and reviewing my progress and achievements.

1. Jewelry

I’ve spent most of this month on making new jewelry and working on my etsy shop.

I have to admit I’m not the best photographer on the face of the Earth. Actually, I don’t feel very comfortable with using technical stuff – this is why I’m a traditional artist. 🙂 I prefer using physical tools like wire, real stones and paints. However, I felt that my old photos didn’t show the beauty and the intricate details of my wire wrapped jewelry, so I’ve decided to learn more about photography, and take new photos of ALL my jewelry. (I’ve had almost 170 pieces on the 1st of January in my etsy shop).

Re-shooting every piece is a huge task, especially because a lot of my jewelry are ‘made to order’ pieces, and I usually have only cca. 50% of them in stock, but I’ve almost finished this project. In the first two weeks, I worked so much that I couldn’t even sleep at night! I know, I’m a stupid workaholic, but I wanted to do this as fast as possible.

I’ve also decided to list new things more frequently this year. I had a nasty jewelry (art) block last year for many reasons – including the death of my beloved Granny –, but luckily it seems that I’m over it now, so I have a trillion new ideas. I wish I had a few more pairs of hands to keep up with my brain! I’ve already listed 16 brand new designs this month, and I already have a few more waiting to be photographed.

Here are some of my new favourites:

2. Art

I haven’t really had time for ‘serious’ new art this month, as I’ve been working on jewelry and my shop about 12-16 hours a day, 6 days a week. The only exception is the first oil layer of my latest pop-surrealist Poe portrait whose basic sketch I finished last December.

Aside from Poe, I also have some simple doodles and watercolor studies – but hopefully I’ll have more time to draw and paint in February. I miss my art supplies so much!

3. Personal

Normally, I spend about 90% of my life in my home studio, and I go out only a few times a month… but when I do, my boyfriend and I do something inspiring and fun! 🙂

We’ve had a great time with an old friend of ours in our fav Georgian restaurant called Aragvi here in Budapest. Eggplant is my favourite veggie ever, and they create a fabulous dish out of it with walnuts. They also have the most strange soft drink I’ve ever tried: they make it out of estragon and mint! It’s really cool! 🙂

We’ve also visited the Hungarian National Gallery to see the latest temporary exhibition called Within frames – the art of the sixties in Hungary. This was a very complicated and not too happy period here. This was the time when our parents were kids and teenagers, and it was interesting to learn more about it. We also revisited some of our fav permanently exhibited paintings and sculpture.

As I’m writing this post, I have to realize (again) that being a freelancer artist doesn’t sound very exciting. Most of the time I just sit at home working. Since I’m an introvert, I don’t mind living a ‘dull’ life at all. I enjoy being able to create things I love full time… If you’re creative too, I’m sure you understand this perfectly. 🙂

As I’ve already promised, next week I’ll finish the lifestyle/organizing series with the last post, which will be about time management. My art journey Jan 2018 review
I’ll be happy if you pin this. 🙂


  1. I am always in awe of freelancers and their long working hours so really, kudos to you for keeping up with everything you have on your plate. Adding a blog post every week to it is quite something too! So, bravo!

    I’d love to know more about that eggplant dish, do you think you can link me to a recipe? 🙂

    Thank you for sharing and read ya soon 😉

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