At the end of the year I always like to look back to see the art I did over the entire year. A lot of good things happened this year as an artist, but there is still a glaring issue I need to fix.
The amount of work I did for the year is small. Going forward I really need to push myself to create a lot more. On the plus side, I did a huge amount of photography, but my number of paintings is lacking.
Even though the amount of work I did is small, I believe that something clicked for me about half way through the year. I started to have more confidence as an artist, and my work looks stronger. I credit most of that to an online art class that I participate in, and which I will talk about more in another post.
Goals for 2016:
I want to build a larger portfolio, and also more creative compositions. I also want to practice some traditional painting. I also have a small illustration project in January that will get me off to a nice start.
Here is some of my work in order of when I painted them.
Red skies at night, sailor’s delight! My husband and I went out on Thanksgiving evening to do some photography, and this shot of his is one of my favorites from that night. The blended colors in the sky look like a painting to me.
I pondered that question as I prepared some art and photography prints for a Winter Art/Craft show. The internet has made finding art easier than ever, but do we slow down to enjoy it? Do we take in the artist’s message, experience the emotion, enjoy the beauty? I have a feeling we far too often quickly look at a picture and then move on to the next forgetting the images as soon as we get our visual kick for the moment.
I unfortunately do this too often. I am primarily a digital artist and photographer, so most of my work is done on a computer screen. After matting about 50 artworks this past week, I was shocked to see how much I enjoyed being able to hold my art in my hand and view it for several minutes. Of course I’m not saying there is anything wrong with viewing art online. I just think we could all benefit from slowing down a bit and enjoying the art. Take in the beauty, bookmark what you really like and go back to it at a later time, buy art that is special to you, talk to the artist, etc.
Anyway, as I said earlier, all this came about when I was matting prints for the show. This will be my first time selling art at an art/craft show, and I’m really excited, but a little nervous too. I’ll post more about that later. For now here is a picture of some of the work I’ve prepared.