My journey with Art has been an interesting one. I’ve always doodled, loved art at school and did a GCSE in it but this dabbling has transformed into a full on passion when I joined my local Art group 2 years ago. I was persuaded (somewhat reluctantly, because they are a majorly talented bunch), to go along and see what I thought, so again I dipped my toe out of that comfort zone and have never looked back.
Now lets be clear, when I started, I was reeeeeallllly bad, a 6yr old could have done better BUT I was enthusiastic, willing to learn and I’ve practised and practised until I’ve produced some pieces that I was pleased with and proud of. Note: see It’s never too late to pick up a pen, a needle, a paintbrush, … your dream. if you would like to see that first terrible picture!
This Summer, the group were invited to join the Holmfirth Art Week – a major full-week local art event that draws visitors from all around, so I bit the bullet and had some cards made up of my work and I can’t tell you the satisfaction and excitement you get when you see them professionally produced and get to play shop!
Since then I’m now beginning to promote and sell them more, with a collection in my local florists @thewateringcan as well as going to the odd craft fair and parties. Of course the next plan is to pop them on here in a mini-shop – (I’m working on it so hopefully it will be here soon).
Obviously it’s great to get my work out there and earn some pocket money but essentially it’s the creating part that is immensely therapeutic and enjoyable – and that will be the source of many a blog post when I get going – including that very first night at Art Club, I may even go full confession and show you that first drawing – just for amusement purposes!
In the meantime, here is a selection of what I’ve done, so hopefully you can see some improvement along the way. The lesson here? Never let fear hold you back and close you off to some great opportunities to improve your skills and connect with some fabulous creative types!
The Early Work; fun with brusho and chinese painting!
After learning some new techniques from talented artist demos
Developing my own style, enjoying line and wash
and putting a collection together for Christmas!