Artistically, I have had a wonderful year. I feel blessed because I have learnt so much and I really have “found myself”. I discovered how much I enjoy complex collages, art journalling after my own fashion – mainly angst-free and theme-led! I still enjoy making art pins and brooches; I have honed my ATC skills and developed my own variations of techniques; I have stitched like a woman possessed too – on paper, card, fabric – plain and painted – quilted and flat!
I have taken a Kelly Kilmer course and made journals, promptly filled with lots of papers and writing – really liberating and fairly funky! I took the online Art, Heart & Healing free course by Tam from Willowing and found my secret Whimsy! This course was awesome – over 1000 people took part and made friends – we cried, we hurt, we shared, we overcame and we all made art together over a 5-week period. Outstanding!
I took a few chances this year and went digital, having some of my favourite artworks printed out poster-size: (A couple now grace our hallway!) I also had a couple of T-shirt samples made up and promptly fell in love with one of my own designs!!
I contacted a major, prestigious chain of stores about it and am waiting to see if they like what they see!! Well, they have been absolutely wonderful to deal with so far and who knows? Maybe somebody in the Company will feel as passionate about my design as I do! Hey – you don’t ask, you don’t get – right?
I am emboldened and encouraged to explore my art further, as I have joined Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s “Art Journal Every Day” and “The Sketchbook Challenge“. The prospect of the next few months is really exciting… What are you looking forward to in 2011?