What does a typical day look like for you? Is there a sacred painting time for you?
I enjoy a slow start… shower, coffee, breakfast but then I like to get out of the door as soon as possible. I'll head to the studio for 4 hours. I do my best work in a 4 hour window and anything after this you may as well forget about! I’ll have a long break and sometimes I will go back. It’s actually really tiring, and I can go stir crazy looking at the canvas for too long, like I did today!
The second part of my day doing the admin. I will drop off any deliveries and start packing and shipping for any online orders. Then I'll go through emails, plan future shows, organise commissions - there is a lot of admin. It’s currently 7pm and I've got to do 2-3 hours of packing to get some paintings ready to be shipped, so I'll be here until 9pm. It’s really full on. It might look glamorous from the outside, travelling around the world painting, but it’s a real grind and takes a lot to keep it all going.
And what’s next?
I’m going to be working in my gallery in Bude for the summer. It will be open 4 days a week, and i’ll be painting up there, as well as showcasing work. I’m also doing a group show with the North Coast Asylum, which starts in July followed by a solo show with the New Craftsmen in August. I am also at the Henley Festival, which is a week after the regatta, showing a 60 sqm stand in the Arts tent, so come and say hello if you are around!
For commissions and other works for sale, visit Nina's website https://www.ninabrooke.co.uk