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..
1. I became active in artist groups on Facebook
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even 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..