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For the 12 Days of Christmas by Julie Hedlund, I did an exercise where I made a list of all my successes from 2016. I’m going to try to do that on a monthly basis because it was such an awesome way to get motivated!
So what did I do in January?

  • I participated in Storystorm run by Tara Lazar. This is an event where Tara has guest bloggers talk about different aspects or ways to get inspired and then we, the participants, try to come up with one story idea each day of the month. I got behind, but I finished!
  • I finished my 2017 calendar. I usually finish it in the fall, but my part time job turned into a full time job in September. I’ve had a lot less time for art, and have struggled a little to get stuff done. However, I wanted to finish it and I did! I even sold a few.
  • I went out to Washington to see my sister and brother-in-law and paint a wall in their nursery. That was so much fun. It was challenging since I haven’t ever done anything like that before, but I am so glad I did it because the finish was super cute. I can’t wait for my nephew to enjoy it. I posted the preliminary sketches in my previous blog post. The progress pictures are on my Instagram. And here is the final wall:
  • I filled my first order for large prints. That might not seem like a big deal, but I’ve never shipped anything bigger than 8.5×11 so it was a learning experience. And now I can do it again if needed!
  • I uploaded two designs for Valentine’s Day on my society6 store. They aren’t new, but they are new to my store. Check them out
  • Finally, I wrote a mini story for my characters Chick, Hedgehog, and Dragon. I wanted to have a color version ready for this blog post but I only finished the drawings yesterday. Be on the lookout for color. I want to make this a regular thing, so follow their Instagram to keep track of the stories. Here’s the cover for this week’s story.
    Today I’m going to quickly write a draft of a story for 12×12. I want to get all my monthly badges this year!
    January was a pretty successful month. Some family things threw off my schedule a bit, but overall I am pretty happy with what I got done. Hopefully tomorrow: What I am currently working on!
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Hello everyone. I hope your January is going well. I am writing from scenic Washington today. I say scenic, but as per usual for me when I travel, it has been pretty overcast for the time I’ve been here. However, I have still been having fun champagne tasting, cider tasting, board game playing, and going to a super cute picture book themed baby shower. It’s been a blast and I am only half way through my trip.

Cute name tag table at baby shower for my sister

I’ve also been working on an amazing new project. In March, my sister and brother-in-law are having their first child and I will get a new nephew. I am super excited. When they told me they were expecting, they asked if there was any way I would be interested in helping them set up a nursery for their baby. I couldn’t be more excited about a project. I have never done anything like this before, and, while I am nervous about this, I am happy to challenge myself with something new!

My work station for the week. So much planning!

The theme for the room is hot air balloons. I wish I could take credit for coming up with such a great idea but that was entirely my sister. So cute and creative right? We have painted the room a beautiful grey blue color. Next I got to work planning the accent wall. I will be painting animals in hot hair balloons on this wall. So far, I have drawn some concept pictures, made a stencil, and planned a preliminary layout. Here are some of the sketches. I will share more pictures as soon as it is finished. follow my instagram to see pictures as I make progress! ( hopefully I’ll be able to get better pictures of the finish)

Potential plan for wall

Penguins!

Giraffe!

Dinosaur!

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animal wrapped in scarfHello Everyone!
It’ sure has been cold hasn’t it? It’s a new year and that means new resolutions, new plans, and hopefully lots of new ideas. I usually start the year with such good intentions, and then they start to fizzle out by March (and that’s generous). This year, instead of making resolutions like “blog more” or “draw more” I really wanted to figure out concrete ways I could add more to my writing and illustrating life this year. With a full-time job, it’s often hard to find the time or the will power to commit to something like “draw everyday” or “write everyday”.  To be honest, that would be awesome. Knowing myself, it is also highly unlikely that will ever happen.
One idea I came up with for the blog is Work in Progress (or WIP as we said in art school) Wednesday. This is not an original idea by any means, but it appealed to me as a way to take a break in the middle of the week and just take stock of where I am and where I am going. Plus, it’s fun to share in progress pictures with all of you!
Of course, I am working extra hours in January at the day job, so that means I don’t have any pictures to share this week. However,  as I was thinking of what to write today, it occurred to me, aren’t we all works in progress? (Yep I know that is super cheesy) Many of us are constantly striving to be better versions of ourselves today than we were yesterday.
This got me to thinking about my progress as a writer and an illustrator in the last couple years. 3 years ago, I went to my first NJ SCBWI event. I had been a member for 2 years already, but that was the first event I convinced myself to go to. The people there were so kind and so generous with their advice and friendship that I immediately realized that the kidlit community was the right place for me. The next year I got up my courage to go to the SCBWI Winter Conference in NYC, and participated again in an NJ SCBWI illustrator event. Last year, I went to the same conference again, participated in the next version of the NJ SCBWI illustrator event, went to my first ever NJ SCBWI Conference (amazing! Highly recommend it!), joined 12×12, joined a writing group, submitted my first query, got my first rejection from said query and wrote 14 picture book drafts. (That was a mouthful!)
Looking back at my years like this was the first time I realized that I have been building towards this dream of mine to be an author/illustrator consistently for the last 3 years, and each year I’ve built a little more than the last. Were there rough patches in there? Sure! And there is still a lot of work to do. I’m still working towards publication. But making myself an “I Did List” instead of thinking of what there still is to do has made me realize, I really have made a lot of progress this past year towards my goal.
So for this year I want to build on that by looking for new opportunities to grow. I am going back to both the NY and NJ SCBWI conferences this year and I’ve already signed up for 12×12. (If you are writing picture books, this is a great group to be a part of!) I’ve started listening to podcasts. (The Creative Pep Talk is great, I highly recommend it). I’m going to doodle at work. I’m going to write on the train.  Most of all, I am going to enjoy the process, even when it’s hard, by remembering that I am taking steps towards my goals.
As a work in progress, I’m glad to have made progress in 2016! I’m also going to keep making “I did lists” to remind myself throughout the year that I am making progress. You should too!

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12 Days of Christmas with Julie Hedlund imageChildren’s author Julie Hedlund, challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year’s resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity – what DIDN’T get done or achieved in the previous year.  Instead, she suggests we set goals for the New Year that BUILD on our achievements from the previous one. I decided to participate in this Anti-Resolution Revolution! 

Wow. I can’t believe 2016 is already coming to an end. In a lot of ways, I’m very happy for that. However, in looking back at the last year, I accomplished more than I realized I could at the start of 2016. While the 12 Days of Christmas is about writing, I am expanding it to include illustration, as I consider myself both a writer and an illustrator. Here is my list of professional successes for 2016 (in no particular order):

  • Revised and re-revised 3 picture book manuscripts multiple times (I used to hate revising so this was a huge step for me!)
  • Wrote 11 picture book drafts. I was so close to finishing the 12×12 challenge to write 12 picture books in 12 months! There are still 3 days left in the year…I only just realized this writing this blog post!
  • Participated in ReFoReMo (reading for research month)
  • Created 4 or 5 new portfolio pieces
  • Started work on a new book dummy
  • Attended the NY SCBWI conference for the second time
  • Participated for the first time in the Portfolio Showcase at the NYSCBWI Conference
  • Attended my first NJ SCBWI Conference where I:
    • participated in the juried art show
    • pitched an agent
    • had a portfolio review with an editor
    • participated in my first first page session
    • LEARNED SO MUCH
  • Wrote and submitted my first query
  • Got my first rejection accompanied with some very kind feedback from the editor
  • Participated in 12×12 (which now I realize I have to finish!)
  • Participated in the Craft Book reading discussions in 12×12
  • Met a wonderful critique group through 12×12 and got a ton of helpful feedback on my manuscripts
  • Came up with lots of ideas for picture books
  • Started a Society6 store to sell more of my art
  • Participated in an Illustrator/agent event through the NJ chapter of SCBWI
  • Now with this blog post, got back into blogging! 🙂

Wow. I know that is repetitive but until I typed out this list I didn’t realize how much this really was! I’m off to write that last picture book manuscript.
What were some of your successes this year?

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Hello everyone! I was going to say good morning, but by the time I publish this it probably won’t be morning anymore. I had such grandiose plans for today. I was going to get up at 7, write, get ready for the day, write this blog post, and then draw the rest of the day. When my alarm went off at 7, my body was like HAHAHAHA that’s funny. . . so needless to say it is almost noon and here I am just starting this post. There is still a lot of day left, so I am sure I will still get a lot done. There is always tomorrow to try the 7 am alarm again. (I know this doesn’t seem early to most people, but I work an evening job as a part time job in the beginning of the week, so sometimes it’s harder for me to tap into my morning person personality later in the week.)

So you are all waiting for some sketchbook posts! This week I actually have some of the finished projects on my computer so I will share those along with the sketches. This sketchbook is also from my 3rd year at FIT. It’s so fun looking back at these and knowing the projects they eventually inspired. It’s also cool to me to see how much of my style has stayed the same and how much has changed.

For my History of Illustration class we had to pick two musicians to paint. I picked Buddy Holly  and Cyndi Lauper. We had to use photo reference but change it enough so that we weren’t violating copyright. I am not sure I accomplished that, but I will never sell these. It was a good exercise. For the rest of my life I will sing “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “Buddy Holly” by Weezer every time I see these. These sketches were done in pencil.

pencil sketch

pencil sketch of Buddy Holly

pencil sketch

pencil sketch of Cyndi Lauper

And since I actually have the finishes on my computer:

Watercolor of Buddy Holly

Watercolor of Buddy Holly

Watercolor of Cyndi Lauper

Watercolor of Cyndi Lauper

I don’t work like this much anymore, but looking back at these, I can see where my love of graphic shapes and patterns in illustrations was starting to appear in my work.

The next sketches were for a linocut we did in another class. For this process, you transfer your drawing onto some sort of block (we used easy cut blocks) and make a stamp of your piece which you then ink and transfer to paper. It was a super fun project. I was the only one prepared for class that day, and my teacher made my classmates all pay me to use my supplies. I think I made money that day! It is still a favorite memory from art school.

These are very loose sketches for concept:

thumbnail pencil sketches for linocut

thumbnail pencil sketches for linocut

And this is the sketch I ended up going with:

Pencil sketch for linocut

Pencil sketch for linocut

i really liked this sketch and since I still have the linocut, maybe I’ll make some more prints with this! (Note: because of the way the art is transferred, the final piece would be a mirror image of this sketch.)

Last but not least, here is a sketch I ended up doing for a project in my photoshop class:

pencil sketch: under the willow tree

pencil sketch: under the willow tree

This was a frustrating class for me. For some reason, I just could not get the hang of what we were supposed to be doing. So finally my teacher just said, create something you love in a style you want to. . . so I drew this. In the final piece, the girl is surrounded by hand drawn rainbows and flowers and butterflies…as if her drawings are coming to life. I am not sure what he was expecting, but I did have fun creating this piece.

That’s it for this week! Be sure to subscribe on the right to never miss a post!

Before I forget, I also started a new store on Society6 this week. I will be adding more art in the following weeks, and you’ll be able to get all sorts of things on phones, tote bags and more! Check it out.

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This week’s post is another Flashback Friday instead of Throwback Thursday. I may have to change it to just be Fridays! I think for now, this post will appear on whichever day I have more time. Subscribe on the right to be notified when I write a new post!

This sketchbook is from my third year at FIT. Therefore, it has a mix of some fashion illustration and some general illustration. I had already graduated from the Fashion Illustration program at this point, but I still loved it so fashion illustration is strewn through a lot of my sketchbooks. Most of the sketches in this particular sketchbook however, are sketches for projects I did in school. For now, I will simply post the sketch, but someday when I can go through all my files I will show you the finishes too!

anneappert-dorm

This first sketch is a picture of my dorm room done with pen and marker. I was obviously sitting on my bed when I drew this. There is no way my dorm room was this clean; I must have edited! I used to have art supplies all over the place. My roommate was the most understanding roommate ever. The room was a studio style room. After our first year living together, we decided we didn’t need the kitchen table so my roommate let me take it as an extension of my desk. I like the limited color in this sketch. I also like how I drew my art supply drawers!

anneappert-seasons

This was a sketch I did for my illustrator class that semester. We had to create a promotional pamphlet for ourselves. I decided to do mine based on the season, with my twin sister and me as my subject. These are the sketches for winter and spring. (sledding and puddle stomping). The puddle stomping image is still one of my favorite pieces from this class.

anneappert-dr.jekyllmrhyde

This was a sketch for a project we did in our History of Illustration class. We had to do a piece to illustrate Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I wanted to do something that showed both personalities. The finish had to be black and white, and I did the final on scratchboard. (We may have had to do it on scratchboard). This is done in pen and marker and based on photos I took of a model who posed for us. It was my first time using scratchboard, and I liked the look, but the scratching part was kind of irritating so I haven’t really done it again.

anneappert-fashion

Last but not least I found this illustration I did. Like my last post, this was based on an ad in a fashion magazine. It is drawn in pencil. Something about this drawing is very appealing to me. Maybe because I actually drew the face!

I am always surprised when I find these sketchbooks and they are only half used. I did do a lot of concept sketches on loose pages, so that explains why they aren’t all in sketchbooks. I will have to go back and fill them all up eventually! This sketchbook was obviously well loved as it is coming out of it’s spiral binding. I have a feeling a lot of pages were ripped out.

Until next week!

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Hello All!

It has been awhile since I posted here, or on social media at all. I have been super busy. However, I wasn’t busy with anything I could actually show you so that meant radio silence on my end. I need to work on working on both my projects I can’t share, and things I can share at the same time so you all don’t think I’ve forgotten about you!

So what have I been up to? I have been reading ALOT of books. . . picture books! I took part in a challenge called ReFoReMo, or Reading for Research Month. The idea of the month is to actually research picture books: how they are written, what the balance between text and illustration is, what kinds of books are out there, what formats are they written in etc. Each day, someone in the industry would write briefly about one aspect of writing for children, and then share some books that they thought would be good mentor texts to illustrate their point. I have learned a lot about picture books; both what I like and what I don’t like. I also have two new manuscript ideas from reading the selected books. It’s been a great month! I still have to read some of the selections, but it has been really a great experience. There is a new post every week during the year with useful knowledge, and if you want to participate next year, check out the website!

I’ve also been working on a project I really can’t show you because it is a present for someone. Eventually I will post it here!

I have been working on writing several manuscripts for children’s books.

I also have been cleaning out my art room which is a slow but necessary process. Today, I got to clean out a closet that had all my old sketchbooks in it. Then, I was inspired. Every Thursday, for throwback Thursday, I will post something from an old sketchbook for you all to see! Going through them today, I realize I used to have a lot of fun in sketchbooks. I have no idea what happened, probably life, but I don’t spend the same amount of time in sketchbooks as I used to, or as I should. I am hoping this experiment will be fun for you, and reinvigorating for me.

I definitely have posted this on an old blog, but I thought I would start with my first special sketchbook. I have sketchbooks from when I was 7 or 10, but this was the first sketchbook that really meant something to me. It was also the start of me beginning to realize I loved art.

The First "Real" Sketchbook I owned

The First “Real” Sketchbook I owned

I was 12 and I had just won a 20 dollar gift card to Barnes and Noble from the Book-a-Thon at school. I was rich. I could buy two books with a 20 dollar gift card. (If only that were still true!) I didn’t know what I would get, but I knew it would be the best book the store had to offer. Then I walked passed the journal section and this caught my eye. Something about the fake wood I thought was beautiful. I picked it up and flipped through the blank pages, feeling excited. I put it down. I wasn’t an artist. And if I bought this, I may have money for a book, but I may not. I left and came back. Picked it up again. In my memory, this indecisiveness lasted a long time. I can’t imagine how annoying this must have been for my dad who had brought me and my sister shopping. Finally I decided to just go for it. I bought it and brought it home.

This was the perfect sketchbook. It had to be filled with the perfect drawings I decided. So I sat with it, started drawing, didn’t like it, ripped it out…this happened several times. Then finally I just drew.

The "perfect" drawing. Note the ripped edges of the pages I deemed imperfect

The “perfect” drawing. Note the ripped edges of the pages I deemed imperfect

It took forever, but I finally decided I was satisfied. Then, being the truly focused 12 year old I was, I left it on the couch in order to go outside with my sister and friends.

I came back in to find my dad looking at the drawing I had done. I was mortified. No one was supposed to see it! I felt like I was pretending to be something I was not. Then my dad looked at me and said, “Anne, this is really good!” While still embarrassed, now it was for a different reason. I was proud and so happy my dad had thought I could draw. I probably mumbled a thank you and grabbed the sketchbook. I don’t remember that part. I do remember that after that I really thought about creating art more often.

The funny thing is, that is the only drawing in that sketchbook. Even though I went on to fill more sketchbooks, take art lessons, experiment with media, I never came back to this sketchbook. Thinking about this sketchbook, I also realize all the earlier times I had filled sketchbooks, illustrated stories me and my sisters wrote, made pretend boardgames all should have been clues to how I really had always loved art. I guess I was pretty clueless. This drawing was really the beginning of my awareness of the importance of art to me.

This is my first throwback sketchbook post. Tune in next week for the next installment!

Also, if you haven’t already, check out my contact page! I am all sorts of social media (facebook, twitter, instagram, instagram again). Follow me on the platform you are on most often! You will definitely get to see more of my art as I work on it

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Hello Everyone!

Apparently I am terrible at blogging. It’s just so much more fun to paint and stuff! I have been keeping very busy, so I thought I would give you a recap of everything I have been doing in January. Since January is almost over, it seemed like a good time!

I have decided that 2016 is going to be the year “Anne Get’s Serious About Her Children’s Book Career”. What does that mean? Well, first I joined a challenge called the 12×12 challenge. This is a challenge where you write 12 picture book manuscripts in 12 months. There are webinars with people already published or in the industry, the chance to join critique groups, and to get your work critiqued by the group at large. It’s awesome! I also joined the illustrator portion of the group which gives the opportunity to have your work critiqued by others and share resources. We’ve already done a critique of websites which was great. (If you have visited my website before, you’ll notice the art has gotten bigger. That was a direct result of joining this group.) I think you can still register if you are interested. It’s definitely worth thinking about if you want to get some feedback for your work and “meet” great people!
Through this group, I have also joined a challenge to read 1,000 picture books in 2016. A big goal I know! However, it is extremely important to know your field, and what is getting published. Plus, it’s a great excuse to go to the library. I am already making a list and plan to visit my local library tomorrow to get started!
I’ve also joined a challenge to create a picture book dummy and submit it in six months through kidlitart. It starts now and goes through July. I am really excited and nervous about this one. I have created dummies before, but there has never been a schedule for it, it’s been more of a haphazard process. This will help keep me focused and create more work.
The final challenge I have joined is one my sister organized. The challenge is to read 40 books in 2016, however, they have to fulfill certain criteria. Some of the categories are “a book based on a fairy tale” or “a book written by a celebrity.” This is a fun challenge because I will definitely be reading books I may not have read otherwise.
As you can see, I have gone a little crazy with the challenges in January! However, one of the things I have learned the more I do this, is that accountability is everything. It is way to easy to keep putting things off or let fear keep you from continuing when you don’t have accountability. I’ll keep you posted on all these challenges as the year goes on. Right now I am really excited about all of them. We shall see if that excitement carries me through the year!

The other thing that has been keeping me busy is the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators conference that is happening in 2 weeks. The event takes place in Manhattan and I’ve been prepping for it since Jan. 1st. This involves creating more portfolio pieces, getting a new portfolio to keep these pieces in, getting new promotional materials printed, and researching the people who are going to be there. I have been doing a lot of work for this. I went to the conference last year and it was amazing, but I didn’t feel prepared. Probably because I decided to go at the last minute. This year, I registered as soon as registration was open. I am also participating in their Illustrator Intensive this year. Last year, because I signed up so late, it was already full. I am excited and nervous for this. The conference is going to be amazing again. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Now, what would be a post without any art? Here are the new pieces I have created in 2016 so far:

Queen Bee

Queen Bee

The inspiration for this piece came to me as I was inventorying periodicals at my day job. I have no idea how I thought of it, or why it came to me, but I am glad it did! I hadn’t painted in so long it was great to pick up the paintbrushes again. This is currently my favorite piece in my portfolio. I call it queen bee. You never know where your inspiration is going to come from! This was painted with gouache.

Whoever said penguins couldn't be airborne, had never met a penguin as resourceful as Sammi

Whoever said penguins couldn’t be airborne, had never met a penguin as resourceful as Sammi

This second piece was from a drawing I did last fall as part of a drawing challenge I created for myself (Again with the challenges!). I made a list of words, and had my facebook followers pick a number. Then I had to do a drawing for each of those words. I did it as a way to inspire myself again and it worked. Everyone had fun with the challenge, and now I have several drawings that I could make into portfolio pieces (like this). If I wanted to. This was finished today! It was also painted with gouache.

Going forward from today, I am going to continue prepping for my conference. There are more things to be drawn, more things to get ready. It’s nice to take a break to write, but now it’s time to get back to the painting and stuff 🙂 Be sure to check out my new page: New Work. Here is where I’ll be posting pieces as I finish them going forward. I will keep you posted about how the year of “Anne Get’s Serious About Her Children’s Book Career” is going!

Happy January!

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“It’s not just about creativity, it is about the person you are becoming while you’re creating.” – Charlie Peacock

I found this quote while procrastinating on Pinterest this afternoon. It really struck a chord with me, because it really sums up how I feel this week changed me. I know that seems crazy, a week changed me? Did that much really happen this week?
In short, yes. I have never taken a week off before and just dedicated to my art career. Let me tell you, I fell in love with the freelance life. Yes I freelance part time anyway, but to fully be immersed in my dream career? It was amazing. I don’t have very many stressful projects right now, and I know freelancing isn’t all rainbows and butterflies, but for the first time in my life, my eyes were open to the knowledge that I really could freelance full time. Not financially at this point, but mentally I am totally ready. There is nothing like waking up and knowing there is nothing on the agenda for the day except creating.
So what does my life look like as a freelancer? I got plenty of sleep, exercised, ate well, and made art everyday. I think the routine of it was what really sold me. You can get so much more done with your time when you do the same thing every day. There was none of the pressure of: if I don’t get this done today, I won’t be able to work on it again for a week. Instead, if I didn’t finish something I could work on it again the next day. And that was empowering to me as an artist.
I know if I did do this full time there would be all nighters, times where I was stressed about where the next paycheck was coming from, clients who were stressful or didn’t understand what I did, and periods where I just felt uninspired. There would be times where I couldn’t exercise, where sleep wasn’t a priority, where I would have to spend days with the business side of things instead of creating. But these things happen anyway. There are weeks when I come to the blank page and I just don’t know where to go. There are times when I am frustrated with what a client wants me to do or the time frame in which they want me to do it. There are times when I come home late from my job and go right to the computer to finish that project that is due the next day.
However, I still would love to do it at some point in my life. I would love if that point in my life is sooner rather than later. Because by taking this week and really focusing on me and my art, I got a glimpse of the person I could become. And that was exciting!

You are all wondering, so what did you get done this week? This is supposed to be a recap after all!
Well here is what I got done this week:
I completely revamped my website. What does that look like? Gathering files, scanning pictures, getting everything internet ready, writing a bio, finding the best way to showcase my art, and starting a blog where I could write again. And you can see the results of all that work by browsing my website (Which you are currently on)
I finished a project creating tags and posters for an up and coming clothing line. This didn’t take too long, but it was great to cross a project off the list of things to do.
I finished a new portfolio piece. Have you looked through my art yet? You’ll notice this image in the digital children’s illustration portfolio:

Like christmas lights blinking on a summer's night

Like christmas lights blinking on a summer’s night

 

 

 

This piece was a result of a drawing challenge I did with my facebook followers over the last couple of months. It was great to add color to it and make it really come to life! Also, I haven’t created a new portfolio piece in awhile so it felt good to add something new to the portfolio.

 

I also got 1/3 of the way through creating the images for my 2016 calendar. Usually I’m in a panic to finish it by December 1st so people can give it as a Christmas present. I’ve already surpassed myself in how long this usually takes me. Here’s a little preview of each of them:

January Freesia

January Freesia

February Magnolias

February Magnolias

March Cornflower

March Cornflower

April Sweet Peas

April Sweet Peas

So I was really happy with how far I got this week. It was great to pick up the paintbrush and try my hand at watercolors again. I was relieved that I finally got my new website up (That has been on the to do list for 2 years). And I was really happy to get a new portfolio piece done.
So what’s next for me? Well I am going to continue working on my calendar. I am going to continue working on new portfolio pieces. And I am going to continue blogging.

This week was great for me. Now I just have to figure out how to fit all the great things I’ve been doing around my two other jobs. Because as great as this week was, it won’t mean anything if I can’t keep up with it while still going to work. Will I get as much done each week? No. But if I can keep creating art and taking care of myself, I will definitely have accomplished what I set out to do with this week. What it comes down to is, I like the person I am when I am creating. I am focused, I am positive and excited for the future. That is something worth holding on to.

And now, back to the painting table!

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