Another year over and time again to look back and do my art review of 2018. When I was looking to see what I'd written for last year's review, I came across a blog post that I'd written about my plans for 2018. The main one was to produce a series of paintings of Norway as a collection. I managed to get three done before I moved onto other projects! That's the problem sometimes...so many ideas!
The year started off with me delivering some art workshops to people attending a soup kitchen in South Shields. We had three weeks and covered watercolour cards, pastels and acrylic. It was great to see how art can bring people together to chat and bring enjoyment just by working together.
This led me onto arranging some dates to do art workshops at The Emporium in Prudhoe. Initially I've done the acrylic silhouette trees but I'm looking to vary the techniques for workshops next year.
The painting above is one of the ones of Norway. I think that this project got put aside because we had a holiday to Portugal and I developed my style of sketching, which led to a blog series, a vlog series and more paintings of Portugal! I really enjoyed sketching in Portugal and even had the confidence to do it where people could see me! The thought is to possibly produce a book with the paintings and places in.
When we got home from holiday, I made a goal to go out and sketch at least once a month. I made it to Bolam Lake the month after and an extraordinary thing happened. I met a lady who was visiting her sister's bench...she subsequently bought three of my sketches. You can read the whole story through the link at the bottom of the page.
I also sold my first painting from the website which is amazing! The customer loved the fresh colours in my watercolour of St Mary's Lighthouse.
I mentioned the Portugal vlog before. This is on my YouTube channel which I've tried to upload to more this year. I've done some timelapse drawings of the designs for the Canadian Rockies colouring book which are popular. Plans are to do some tutorial style videos on there in the future. I'm always really happy to see new subscribers and it'll give me the incentive to make more videos!
Always on the lookout for new shops to stock my work, I approached Hygge in Tynemouth. She now has a selection of cards and some of my originals. There is a possibility that I'll do some workshops there as well.
We were lucky enough to have anothre week away in the summer. We went to the Trossachs and again my travel sketching kit went with me. I managed to sketch every day again and blogged about the week. The picture bottom left was another sketching trip after I'd done a stock check in Prudhoe. I managed three sketching trips outside of holidays which is one every couple of months...so I'm getting there!
For the first time...I remembered Inktober! I tried not to make it into a tangle pattern month like doodle December, so experimented with some different styles and subjects. I also used biro instead of pen on some days.
My fourth colouring book "Scenes of the Canadian Rockies" was published just before Christmas.
I can safely say that 2018 for me was about travel sketching and painting places that I'd visited away from home. New scenery to admire and enjoy! It'll be interesting to see if any of the plans I have for 2019 are carried out...it'll be no time at all until I'm writing the review next year.
Thank you so much for reading my blog and many thanks to anyone who has purchased anything from me. I truthfully do a happy dance every time someone buys a painting, print, notebook or card.
If you'd like to read further about any of the paintings mentioned then here are the links below.