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.
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.
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1. I took two online Art Courses
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cheers, and happy PPF!