Showing posts with label new year. Show all posts
Showing posts with label new year. Show all posts

Monday, 15 January 2018

New Year. New Work.

New year = new work! A mix of collage, oil paint and oil pastel on box canvas. Experimenting with texture and mark making to create ethereal landscape paintings. Continuing with ideas from my Sketchbook Project book. Finished artworks will be available to buy from my online gallery soon.


Wednesday, 3 January 2018

New Year. New Goals.

Looking back at my blog post from late December 2016, I'm pleased to say I managed to achieve most of my 2017 goals!

My proudest achievement of 2017 was mastering crochet. I had tried and failed many times in the past, but after a lesson with a friend who is deffo the 'Queen of Crochet' I finally got my head around it. I started small, crocheting tiny hearts, flowers and stars but then progressed to more complex amigurumi crochet and can now read a crochet pattern. You can see my makes over on Insta. I'm now working on my first blanket ... a project that will take most of 2018 to complete. In addition, I ditched Facebook during summer 2017 (but, er, developed a fairly serious Instagram addiction instead!) Craftastic craft group continued to be sucessful and Mind Crafternoon raised £84.

A new creative goal for 2018 is to master modern hand lettering and calligraphy. This will tie in nicely with my graphic design and crafting skills ... and hopefully improve my handwriting too!

I'm already working on a new collection of ethereal landscape paintings. These will incorporate various types of mixed media alongside the usual oils on canvas. I've also added oil pastel to the mix, great for added texture and mark making. I plan to give my gallery website a makeover to showcase this new collection. I have a couple of exhibitions lined up for 2018 and am taking part in Twitter Art Exhibit, WLAC Postcards Anon and The Sketchbook Project.

So, as a new year awakens, I wish you all a happy, healthy and creative 2018.

A x

Saturday, 31 December 2016

New Year. New Goals.

Almost time to say cheerio to 2016 and welcome in 2017. For me, this is a time to reflect on my creative achievements (and failures) of the passing year and set myself some goals for the new year ahead.

In 2016, some of my best creative achievements were:
1. Supporting various charities by donating my work, eg: Stars on Canvas, WLAC, Turners and Loxley Painting Challenge, Twitter Art Exhibit plus Crafternoon.
2. Paintings exhibited at Beecroft Open, Annabel Dee* Gallery and Brentwood Art Trail.
3. Experimenting with different crafts - allowing me to inspire/tutor others at Craftastic craft group.

Goals for 2017:
1. Submit my paintings to new online art galleries and continue to raise my online profile.
2. 'Let go' of some old unsold work - and concentrate on a new collection of landscape paintings.
3. Continue to support charities and continue with Craftastic craft group.
4. Learn to crochet!

I'm not setting myself too many goals, but the ones I have will take time and effort. The main thing is to continue being creative and enjoy it!

So, as a new year awakens, I wish you all a happy, healthy and creative 2017.

A x

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

MORE travelling sketch book

In late 2006, hubby and I spent a long weekend in Almeria, Spain. Plenty of red wine and lovely tapas was consumed on the afternoon of New Year's Eve, but we didn't know that the whole town shut down for the actual New Year celebrations. Not one bar or restaurant was open to see the New Year in. We spent the evening in our hotel room with a bottle of cheap plonk and watched the fireworks out of the window. Memorable for the wrong reasons.  Anyhow, here's my sketch book pages from that weekend.