The 3 Best Things I Did For My Art in 2012

Swoop - original mixed media girl painting - feb 2012

This is something I did last year on my old blog and found very useful.

To be able to look back and see where I was twelve months ago, how far I’ve come and to guide me in my direction this year.

The way I see myself has changed so much in such a short time – I didn’t even think of myself as an artist a year ago, let alone have a style of my own.

(yes, I know it’s april, but anyway…)

So here we go..

For Ayla - mixed media girl painting - april 2012

1.  I became active in artist groups on Facebook

Groups like Ayala Art‘s “29 Faces” and Tracy Verdugo‘s “Magically Mixed Art Community” were invaluable.

I met other artists, learnt from them, gave and received positive feedback, made some amazing friends.

None of my real-life friends are artists, so it was particularly wonderful to be able to share what I was learning and experiencing with people who ‘got’ me.

We’re all at different stages of our art journey, which really helped me to stop comparing myself to others and just enjoy where I was.TeapotLady, FloralTang - original mixed media girl painting - jul 2012 - etsy listing

I began to see myself and my art differently because I was seeing myself through their eyes.

I was also exposed to different styles of art, which definitely helped me on the way to finding my own.

2.  I pinpointed two key artists whose work I’d like to emulate

There are a lot of artist’s whose work I love and admire, but I don’t necessarily want to paint in their style.

I’m talking about artists whose work contains elements that I’d like to include in my own paintings.

Snow Day - original mixed media girl painting - aug 2012

I spent hours looking at art that inspired me, working out what it was that appealed to me, then how the artist achieved the effects I loved.

By the way, I’m talking about you, Mindy Lacefield and Juliette Crane

3.  I consciously worked on my ‘style’

I practiced, screwed things up, practiced more, painted over the bits I hated, practiced again, painted over whole paintings if they didn’t make me happy.

Whoo are you waiting for? - mixed media owl painting - aug 2012Even so, I usually only stayed in love with each one for a matter of weeks, because my skills improved so much with each painting I completed.

When I did this exercise last year, I wrote “I feel like I’m finally becoming the person I’ve always wanted to be”.

I still feel that way, only more so.
I have such a feeling of purpose in my life now, which I know will only increase in the future.

Looking to the past is what I’ve been up to this week.
I’m linking to Paint Party Friday, so please pop over and check out what everyone else has been doing..

30 thoughts on “The 3 Best Things I Did For My Art in 2012

  1. Great post Jane, It is interesting to look back on yourself and see how your art has developed over a period of time. I have only been blogging for a year when I emigrated to Australia from the UK . It was great to get online and involved with challenges like 29 faces. Meeting likeminded people and learning from them has been the best thing I have done for my artistic journey. The support and motivation I get from my blogging friends is invaluable and I am thankful to be part of the community!

    1. It is! I can’t believe how I’ve grown in the last 12mths, in all kinds of ways..
      And I know I’d be totally lost without my online artsy friends 🙂

  2. I feel like I am reading my own journey. It is only in the last year that I’ve dared to call myself an artist. I too have watched my skills grow as I learn techniques and visit artists online who draw me in visually. I’m not sure if I have completely found my own “style” but I am on the way. I think that style is always evolving as well, even if only in small ways. I love your whimsical paintings and your post. It’s just a great process of discovery! HPPF

    1. I think that’s what I love so much about art & painting.
      There’s always more to learn, something new to see and do.

      Once you overcome one challenge, there’s more to tackle & the more you do it the better your results!
      You can only ever get better 😀

  3. This is such a helpful post! I was just thinking about adding facebook to my to do list. Do you have a facebook page or profile for your art? They changed some things around over there and I’m a little lost. Love your art, especially the owl. Happy PPF!

    1. I do have a page on fb for my art, but I’m trying to decide what to do with it.
      I’m much more active with my personal profile, and once I got used to the new timeline it’s been pretty good.
      Happy PPF 😀

  4. I I told you how much your art has grown! I’m no artist, far from it, but I do appreciate the raw talent of others. I’ve watched you go from strength to strength and become more confident in your work, a journey that I’m proud to say I’ve enjoyed being part of. Try not to look back to much, look forward to the great artist I know you can become xxx

  5. I have loved watching you grow, in talent, skill, and confidence. I remember “Owley” early on; stuck in the garage studio unfinished for a month. I brought him inside because I loved it, even though you were not happy. Upon seeing Owley you mum fell in love with him! Have to say that Owley is still by far my favourite (close with ” Snow Day” and ” For Ayla”) , and I think because he reminds me that even when you are not happy with something, others are. Keep going Jane… It has been great seeing your journey and development so far.

    1. I don’t know what to say! Totally didn’t expect a comment from you 🙂
      You know you’re my cheer squad, support team, therapist all rolled into one.
      Thank you sweetie xxx

  6. I absolutely adore your style… I am shocked you’ve only been doing this a short time!! Wow very impressive… I love everything you produce! As for not having friends that are artists…you may be surprised. I found out later in life and many of my friends along the way have been writing secretly and doing other artistic things. All my friends are incredibly creative…they just haven’t tapped into that endless vessel yet and tried different mediums. This transpired over a 30 year period! Great post wonderful art… I always look forward to what you share!!

    Hugs Giggles

    1. Maybe I should start talking about what I do more, to see which of my friends are keeping a creative secret 😉

      Thank you so much, Giggles. I have only been painting for a very short time – I picked up a paintbrush & canvas for the first time in September 2011.

      I believe it really shows how much we can all achieve when we really focus on a goal and put into it everything we can.
      You can achieve anything! 🙂

  7. Great to read your post, good that you have found your the right thing for you in art! I can relate to your friends situation, as it can be really difficult to get the feedback you need to grow. wonderful blog and your art is so wonderful 🙂

    Happy PPF!
    Ilona

  8. what a really wonderful post-and good for you on three huge accomplishments!! Your art is beautiful and I love that sweet owl! Happy PPF!

  9. Oh, this is a lovely post! What a great idea to do that. Must be wonderful to read it again after 10 years or so, and see the progression you made. It’s so easy to get frustrated and feel as if you make no progress at all, but things like this really show you otherwise. Love it! Your paintings are wonderful, but that first one is my absolute favorite! Adorable.

  10. Very inspiring post! Do you mind if I write about my lessons too? You inspired me. 🙂 So nice to read more about what you have learned the previous year, thanks for sharing!

  11. Terrific post and terrific idea! I’m also back to art just in the last two years or so, and looking back the difference is startling! And encouraging! Like you, I have joined some online art groups (though I’m not on Facebook), and the other artists are very inspiring. Keep up the good work!

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