The 3 best things I did for my art in 2013

2013 was the year that I finally began to feel that I had found my style, and really began loving my paintings.
I became comfortable calling myself an artist.

 

"Mim's Valentine" available as a print
“Mim’s Valentine”
available as a print

This is the third time I’ve done this review of the previous year, and each time it’s been incredibly useful in setting my direction for the coming year.

Feel free to use the idea yourself, and add yourself to the linky doodad below.

1. I took two online Art Courses

In January I took a self-paced course, Mindy Lacefield‘s “Paint Your Story“.

“Bring your Bucket & Spade”

It really helped me to develop my own style and gain confidence and speed in creating.
I learnt basic rules about shading faces and gave myself permission to make more mess.

Perfection, I began to realize, is an illusion.

Then in September, I began a year-long course, “Serendipity”, with Juliette Crane.

In it, she is sharing everything she herself learns over the twelve months.
We’ve been learning techniques (especially for when you get stuck), trying lots of new media, and seeing how Juliette solves different dilemmas as she creates her own beautiful paintings.

I feel like I’ve learnt so much already from this course, and it’s not even half-way done.

"Not on THIS Parade" original available
“Not on THIS Parade”
original available

The main thing I feel I’ve gained so far is more enjoyment in the process of creating. By seeing that someone as talented as Juliette gets frustrated with her paintings, covers bits up, redoes faces, gets stuck, I’ve become much more kind to myself as I lay down each layer.

I know now that every mark I make is perfect,
because it adds to the depth and story of the piece I’m creating.

(even if I end up covering it over)

2. Instagram opened my eyes

Seeing others’ work, connecting with other artists, and sharing my own art on ig was as important a step for me in 2013 as facebook was for me in 2012.

"Chocolate Sounded Pretty Good to Tom" available as a print
“Chocolate Sounded Pretty Good to Tom”
available as a print

Using hashtags (#) mean that my art is being seen and loved by a much wider circle of people, and it’s so easy to find lovely art by other artists – and people with the same interests as me.

I’ve met a whole new group of creative people, some of whom I’m now connected with on fb, and learnt about new ways of making art – like art journaling, which I’m loving so much.

What’s more, seeing my art alongside that of so many other’s meant seeing my own work in a different light.

3. I learned to trust

Most of you know that we had a rough year. The silver lining was a doozey, though.

I finally learnt to deal with stress in a more positive way.
I’m not religious, but I now really do know that there is a reason for things happening the way they do.

"You Rule My World" original available
“You Rule My World”
original available

I went through such a long dry spell and feel that my art is deeper and truer than ever before. It expresses so much more than previously.
And because I’ve been through that, I no longer fear that I’ll wake up one day unable to paint.

I’ve been there, the worst has happened.

And you know what? I came back stronger and better.

It’s so helpful to be able to look back on the steps I’ve taken along my path since the beginning of 2011.
I hope that you’ll give it a try and let me know how you go.

Cheers, and happy PPF!
jane xxx

27 thoughts on “The 3 best things I did for my art in 2013

  1. I don’t want to even think of the larger part of 2013… I’m glad it is gone! :oP
    I love the paintings, so sweet and whimsical ♥ And I love your instagram! I am not there, but like the washitape… it is tempting! hahha!

  2. All your art is so gorgeous! I love everything you’ve learned! It’s so inspiring! Thanks for sharing…and I love love love the last painting so much!

    Hugs Giggles

  3. That a super post! Thanks for sharing. I can see that your art has such a lovely, whimsical style and you really have a great way with color and design. I look forward to seeing more!

  4. your paintings are positively wonderful and full of delightful whimsy! All the best with your artistic endeavors for 2014. Happy PPF!

  5. This are very beautiful pieces from 2013 that you are sharing with us. It is quite a journey, and I’m not sure it will ever end. Online classes have been very helpful for me as well.

  6. That is wonderful that you found your style last year. Imagine what this year has in store! All these paintings are crazy adorable with their funny girls and creatures and soft color. Lovely!

  7. All of these things are wonderful things! This especially: “I’ve become much more kind to myself as I lay down each layer.” I love that. And I love that you’re doing that! It’s amazing how utterly cruel we can be to ourselves in our heads. Your art is wonderful!

  8. These pieces are really exciting. You definitely have found your style and niche. I love the texture in the background of these as well. I cannot wait to check your work out throughout the month! EXCITING!!!

  9. What a great process…and good idea. Reflection is a good tool for all your future
    endevours. As long as you learn from the past and then let it go. I especially like your #3 Trust! I also love your piece with the yellow top. LOVE your work!!

    Happy Paint Party Friday!
    A little late, my Sis went into labor Friday and had her baby Saturday. Yay!

  10. These are all such wonderful and expressive creations! It’s refreshing, too, to hear about your journey in developing a style that resonates for you.

    Merry creating!

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