Where has 2016 gone? It seems that this year has flown by in a blur!
Itâ€™s that time in between Christmas and New Year where I have a week off work and I take time to relax and get ready for the year ahead. Before I charge into the new year though, I want to pause and say thank you to you, my readers and followers here and on FacebookÂ and Instagram, for your support this year.
Thank you for:
- Commissioning fun paintings that stretched me and helped me grow as an artist (bumblebee, hedgehog and duckling);
- Buying goodies from my shop;
- Interacting and chatting and sharing tips and tricks with me on social media; and
- Supporting and encouraging my exploration of art and creativity.
I have drawn and painted so much more this year than in any previous year that I really feel as though I am beginning to find my way as an artist. I have played with all manner of different styles and materials, joined my local Urban Sketchers groupÂ , taken part in an EveryDay in May drawing challenge [here and here], created gifts that I hope have brought smiles to faces on special occasions, and taken classes to help hone my craft as I try to find a style that is peculiarly my own. Thank you for coming along for the ride!
Click HEREÂ to take a look at my sketchbooks for the whole year. I didnâ€™t quite crack 200 drawingsâ€¦but thereâ€™s a couple of days left yet, I think I might just squeak in a couple more drawings! Itâ€™s interesting to see the progression in certain types of drawings (buildings in particular) and the different styles I experimented with. I can easily see which drawings were done on location and which were completed in the studio and which ones I rushed through. I think my favourite drawing for the year is this ladybugÂ or perhaps this dandelion. Do you have a favourite?
In 2017 I am looking forward to splashing the paint around again and working at improving my drawing skills, thinking about what new products I can add to the store, but also writing more again. Many moons ago I used to have a blog that focussed on my life and what was happening at the time, and I miss the writing aspect of it. I wonâ€™t be re-opening that blog, but I will be writing and posting here more regularly; sharing more about what I am learning, adventures that I take, what inspires me and hopefully more. Please pop in a bookmark or subscribe so that you donâ€™t miss any updates! I would love to hear about your adventures in art and creativity. Please tell me what you think about my posts, interact, share with your friends, and tell your stories too.
What do you like to do in the time off between Christmas and New Year? Do you get time off? Do you take a family holiday? Are you ready for next year? Iâ€™m not sure I am, but itâ€™s coming ready or not!
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