Here are some highlights:
March - I started my blog.
March - Flora Bowley Painting Workshop (FBPW) at Nanga, Dwellingup, Perth, Western Australia.
In January Kelly Rae Roberts blogged about going to Flora's workshop and I was very envious - nothing like that ever happens in Perth I can remember thinking. A couple of weeks later Donna Heart blogged about organising a Flora workshop in Perth - well, I nearly wet myself with excitement and didn't hesitate to book a place.
It was one of the best things I ever did for myself and for my art. I learnt new painting techniques and met a great bunch of women who loved art, Kelly Rae and Flora. My confidence has increased with ever painting created and I've even sold a few - more about that later.... If you ever get a chance to attend one of Flora's workshop then go for it, or why not do her e-course - it's gonna be awesome.
|Me with Flora Bowley and Donna Heart at the workshop.|
|Me with my paintings - Photo credit - Donna Heart.|
In June my mum and I went to Geraldton to attend Donna's first solo exhibition. Her paintings were beautiful and she is such an inspiration - Donna first painted in front of others at the FBPW, she already had a website, blog and was even published in an Australian art magazine.
|Me with Donna Heart.|
July/August - Art sale and painting demo at the local community centre.
Even though I didn't sell any paintings that weekend it was my first painting demo and I got some great feedback.
|Some of my paintings on sale.|
|Painting demo at local community centre where I taught this year.|
August - Flying Lessons with Kelly Rae Roberts
I enrolled into my online course with the very inspirational Kelly Rae Roberts. The course was about how to grow your creative business - the other best thing I did for myself this year. This is such an awesome course - it gave me the courage and confidence to say I am an artist, I built a website and I bought business cards. Best of all I met my Fly Tribe - the online community of women who also took the course - a source of great inspiration and encouragement - love you girls!!
I even made a button and banner for my blog.
|Banner for my blog|
|Button for my blog|
Ribbon Town - I evolved one of my painting into one of my now favourites.
September - I built my website - http://www.shellsinthebush.com/
October - was Blogtoberfest month - I did a blogpost every day for a whole month!!!
On October 3rd my beloved dog, Tessa, died - here is a painting my Lin in Michigan, USA, created for me - I picked it up yesterday from being framed.
|Recently framed painting of Tessa by Lin Bailey.|
November - My ButterFly Girl painting was used as the artwork for the Fly Tribe Bloghop. This blogpost was my 100th post and describes how the painting orginated and why.
|Artwork for Bloghop|
I sold a painting at the Darlington Arts Festival - this was the first time I had sold at the festival and a great achievement in my local community.
|Thinking of You - sold at the Darlington Arts Festival|
I made 50 glass tile pendants to sell at the community centre art show. I didn't sell any paintings but sold a few pendants. I also did another painting demo...
|Painting demo at local community centre.|
November/December - I did the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design Course - which was great to learn about motifs, colour, pattern and I taught myself some Photoshop too.
|Postcards from Rachael and Beth from ABSPD|
|Pendant I sent to Suzanna Leigh.|
|Silk art I received from Suzanna Leigh|
|Silk art I received from Suzanna Leigh|
I painted this painting, the first in my Confetti Tree series - and I love it - which is rare. :D
|Pink Confetti Trees|
So that was basically my year - it had it's ups and downs but overall it was a great year for me. My painting style and techniques have evolved and changed and I have grown my creative business.
Many thanks go to the inspirational women in my life from Flora Bowley, Kelly Rae Roberts to my online community of the Fly Tribe, Magically Mixed Art Community, my online Besties and art buddies esp Lin Bailey and to my irl friends - Sandra and June and to my mum and aunty as well as the three wise men in my life my hubby, and two sons, make that 4 men to include my dad and musn't forget my brother and sister-in-law - just about everyone I know including those who have liked my Facebook artist page. Thank you all for your love and support this.
I look forward to reading your year in review and hope that you and I both have the courage to live our dreams and follow our passions by creating an artistic and joyful life.
All the best for 2012, love and hugs - Michelle aka Shells