Lessons Learned in 2017 + 2018 Goals

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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!

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A few 2018 goals:

  1. I would like to paint more acrylic paintings.
  2. Incorporate more hair styles.
  3. Do more collage work.
  4. Paint larger.
  5. Offer originals and prints for sale.
  6. Start a (artist) bullet journal.

Topics to explore:

  1. Landscapes
  2. Wildlife
  3. Hands
  4. Mermaids (teaching in Life Book 2018)
  5. Birds

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!!!!