Genius, Bacon & The Blue Book

Digital Lines by M.A

What with a week chock full of back to back meetings in my day job, delayed trains, and the pointy thing in my car that lets you know if the engine is hot or cold not working, (despite it spending two days in the garage and having some kind of fix, that didn't work), I am so happy to say that I now have a week off from my day job.

Now you would think that I will be relaxing. Not having to get up at 04:30 to travel 140 miles to get to my 9am meeting sounds like bliss. The problem is that when I'm away from my day job, my body and brain still think I need to remain in some kind of state of readiness.

In other words, it won't make a difference at all. I will still get up before the birds, the only difference is that I will not have to stand on a freezing station platform waiting to hear how long the delay is going to be.

I also won't have to fight for the seat I reserved, but I will miss the opportunity to have one of the £1.25 bacon sandwiches on offer with any hot drink.

I could fry, oh.. I mean grill some bacon at home, but then I will end up cooking breakfast for everyone in the house and my bacon sandwich will go cold.

So despite me trying to find a lucrative niche with my art, maybe I am missing a huge business opportunity. Remember when we had milk delivered to our doors? The time when farmers were paid fairly for the milk they produced? Well, we need a bacon sandwich delivery service using battery powered milk floats, just like the old days. Except this time with bacon.

This is genius on many levels. No one in their right mind is up at the hour when once upon a time milk was historically delivered. That means only those who have a real need for a piping hot bacon sandwich will be close enough to the front door to hear the humming of the milk float, delivering freshly fried greatness.

The next level of genius is that no one needs to know you have indulged in two fully loaded options. No complaints from a worried spouse thinking that your end is going to be near if you indulge. No cries of you need to look after your arteries or, are you sure the life insurance is up to date?

You could have more than two. Not sure about you but I could eat another and another bacon sandwich a little later on. To ensure its hot, you'll need to warm it slightly in the microwave.

But, this is where you need to be really careful. The ding when it's finished is loud enough to wake the house. This my friends takes practice to disguise. What you need to do is make sure you can stop the countdown at 1. So that's my genius business idea, and one that to be fair would be very franchise-able.

So while that's probably a lucrative business idea, one I will have to refine, especially as there are very few milk floats on the road these days, I will need to continue creating and designing. So, what's next? Here are a few of my latest ideas from my ideas book, or as it is officially known, the Blue Book. A sacred place where I write down ideas for new art, and scribble a few thoughts.

1. I need to create some new mobile phone case designs, the ones I have on sale at Zazzle, Fine Art America, and RedBubble have received a positive response, so I will create some different styles.

2. Technical drawings. There is a trend at the moment for patent style artwork. Line drawings although complex and time consuming, they do look stunning on large canvases.

3. I need to create some more T-Shirt designs. Always popular on Zazzle, and although there is huge competition, there are still some niche markets that have few designs, guaranteeing that products appear high in the search rankings.

4. I have an urge to create many more abstracts. Digital Lines, one of my latest pieces looks beautiful and clean on a canvas, but I was even more surprised at how it turned out on the cushions sold by Fine Art America. I am really into abstracts at the moment, although they're not always as easy as they seem to create. Getting colours to blend, match and make some visual sense is a skill that I will forever be learning.

5. I might have a go at digital sketching. Very few colours, but I have seen some amazing work on Fine Art America recently.

So that should keep me busy while I take a break from the day job. One more thing I am currently looking into, is to feature the occasional guest blog. If you would like to be a part of this, please either use the contact form below, or email me at

I will try and update the blog as much as I can this week but also remember that I am on Facebook at I am on Twitter @beechhouseart and Pinterest (absolutely love that platform!) @beechhousemedia

In the meantime, have a great Easter, and speak very soon.



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