January 2018 is coming soon so I wanted to take some time and reflect on my creative growth this past year and share what I've learned.
1. Paint a lot.
I started 2017 with 100 faces. I never made it to 100 but it forced me to draw more than I ever have before. It also made me draw faster and accept my flaws.
2. I can't (choose not to) work on more than 2 paintings at a time. Planning works as long as it's not too far in advance.
If I try to do too much, I get overwhelmed and everything stops. When I go back and forth between two paintings I feel like it's easier to manage especially with a busy work schedule.
The future needs to stay open. Too much planning doesn't allow for spontaneity or intuitive growth. I plan to do 100 faces but I give myself permission to change course.
3. If I plan out the color story, the painting moves along easier.
I had never done this before but heard about planning a color story prior to painting. It really helps with the painting process and allows me to explore new color cominations.
4. I can trash it if I don't like it (even if it's still in early stages).
I don't have to force a painting if it's not working. I will paint over the page if something isn't right. Often times it acts as a warm-up and the next project goes on smooth like butter!
A few 2018 goals:
- I would like to paint more acrylic paintings.
- Incorporate more hair styles.
- Do more collage work.
- Paint larger.
- Offer originals and prints for sale.
- Start a (artist) bullet journal.
Topics to explore:
- Mermaids (teaching in Life Book 2018)
Thank you for your support in 2017! If you have liked a photo, taken a class or follow me on social I just want to say that I appreciate you!!!!