Since 2014, my blog has followed my progress and process on my journey to grow as a visual artist. In June of 2018, I’m still in the midst of this adventure and, gladly, I don’t see it ending soon.
Currently, I am committed to drawing at least 30 minutes a day – usually observational drawing. I generally begin in my sketchbook either with an exercise or something fairly quick and then I move on to a drawing that I post to Instagram. This year I am playing with different media and different papers to see what my favourite tools and combinations are – the point is to be experimental and to finally try all of those art supplies I’ve been buying for years but have tried.
I try to spend time painting on the weekends and usually I do, but not as consistently as I would like to. My medium of choice is oil paint, although I sometimes pick up my acrylic paints for backgrounds or just for a change. I have a set of watercolours and a selection of gouache colours that I hope to return to at some point.
I continue my practice of art in order to develop my artistic skills and to experiment. I want to learn and I want to play. I want to see if a personal artistic style will emerge and what that might look like. I want to record where I’ve come from and even more of where I’m going. I intend to explore new styles and techniques, mediums and ideas. I want to be prolific – or as prolific as I can be fitted into a life that includes a husband, two teenage kids, a full-time job and friends and hobbies that are all very important to me. I want to develop my ability to notice – to notice colours and relationships and textures and the visual beauty in the commonplace. And then I want to portray that in my art if I am able. It will be a visual adventure and I will document and accumulate some of the evidence on my blog in bi-weekly posts and I welcome any feedback along the way. I’m looking forward to seeing what unfolds.
2018 Blog Plan:
Jan 1: December Daily Drawings
Feb 12: January Daily Drawings
Mar 12: February Daily Drawings
Apr 9: March Daily Drawings
May 7: April Daily Drawings
Jun 5: May Daily Drawings
Jun 18: Paintings from April and May
Jul 2: June Daily Drawings
Jul 16: Favourites from my other drawings from May and June
Jul 30: Paintings from June and July
Aug 13: July Daily Drawings
Aug 27: Favourites from my other drawings from July and August
Sep 10: August Daily Drawings
Sep 24: Paintings from August and September
Oct 8: September Daily Drawings
Oct 22: Favourites from my other drawings from September and October
Nov 5: October Daily Drawings
Nov 19: Paintings from October and November
Dec 3: November Daily Drawings
Dec 17: Favourites from my other drawings November and December
Dec 31: December Daily Drawings