Since 2014, my blog has followed my progress and process on my journey to grow as a visual artist. In March of 2019, I’m still in the midst of this adventure and, gladly, I don’t see it ending soon.
Currently, I am committed to drawing every day – generally about 30 minutes and usually observational drawing. I typically 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. Last year my focus was on playing with different media and different papers to find my favourite combinations and to finally try all of those art supplies I’ve been buying for years but haven’t used. This year I will be continuing to be experimental when I feel like it, but also try to focus on fewer mediums and papers. I’d like to try to develop more depth than breadth if I can.
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 posts every three or four weeks and I welcome any feedback along the way. I’m looking forward to seeing what unfolds.
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