2018 – A creative review

Well we’ve made it to Old Year’s night, what happened to 2018? I remember starting the year full of creative energy, this was going to be my year to create more. And I feel like I achieved this.

I started with my take on the Creativebug 30 days of pattern challenge. I used brush pens rather than paints, as I couldn’t find my paints and I wanted to take part in something. I love this Matisse inspired pattern, and I think this was a firm favourite of the challenge.

February brought another Creativebug challenge, daily acrylic painting. After a bit of a overworked start, pomegranates aren’t my friends, I did get into the challenge. Painting objects I found easier than pets and people, so I did finish this one a bit earlier! From this class I did a study of chilli’s, which remain my favourite fruit to paint.

March saw my biggest creative challenge to date: The 100 days Project! I know now, the actual project starts in April, but at the time I was excited to start. My project took the form of water colour and journaling. It was challenging at times, but there was start a strong feeling of community on Instagram, which really helped me to finish!

Summer saw a break in formal creating. Although I loved the 100 day project, my creative well had run dry. I spent this time with friends and a holiday to Crete helped me get back to creating again.

July saw me enter the world of art journaling. I really enjoyed creating a new page everyday in the 100 day project and art journaling seemed a good fit. I started by following a Creativebug course, with the delightful Dawn DeVries Sokol. This is when my style started to develop and my love of minimal came to the foreground. Then I found Get Messy!

Get Messy was the art community I was looking for. It helped me to develop myself as an artist and I met some many creative and like minded people. I started with the Season of Seasons and have also completed the Season of Ubuntu and the Season of Freedom.

As always I end the year in a bit of manic rush of seeing family, friends an making the time for creating does take a bit of a back seat. However I’m feeling the need to create and I can’t wait to see what I create next.

As I look to 2019, what goals do I want to achieve? I want to find a balance between work, life and creating, this is something I have struggled with. I hope to have my garden studio/office up and ready for early 2019 creating. Having dedicated space will give me time and energy to create as well as a space to work and relax in. I really want to continue with this blog, having started it late 2018. So please stick with me as I work out the schedule and work out how this is helpful for you and me too!

Finally I like to end with a post I shared on Instagram a year ago today:

I’m walking into 2019 with a clear heart and mind.
If you owe me, don’t worry about it – you’re welcome.
If you wronged me, it’s all good – lesson learned.
If you’re angry with me, you’ve won, congratulations.
If we aren’t speaking, its cool..I wish you well.
If you feel I wronged you, I apologise.
If your waiting on me to fail, don’t hold your breath…you have a long wait!
I’ve already overcome more than you can imagine.
Focus on making your life better for you & your family and watch how doors open.
Life is too short for all the pent up anger, holding grudges and extra pain.

Take care and speak soon

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