So it is that time of the year again where we spend time reflecting on what we have achieved and set new targets for the oncoming year. I have had an interesting year experimenting with a wide range of techniques and ideas and really starting to push my art skills. I have had a range of products available after completing some pen drawings and developing these into pattern pieces in photoshop. More things in my products section has included a new range of scarfs with different patterns and prints as well as cards with my own photography on; I have also created a new style of brooch this using free hand machine embroidery to create delicate and unique butterflies. I have used oil paints for the first time and have started to really enjoy it; I know this is a media I will be taking forward in 2017, and I will hopefully get my massive portrait completed as well! r I am most proud this year however of my work which got into The Qube open arts competition looking at migration and the plight of the refugees risking everything to get to Britain. I felt proud to be a part of an exhibition which had such a range of inspiring artists.
Of course I have had my bad points during the year, letting myself feel defeated when I have struggled with confidence in my own artwork. I am very lucky however that in this moment I found a group of artists who not only inspired me to create again, but also made me value my own work produced. I understand the importance of being around the right people, and I know I will be spending much of next year with this group.
So now it is time to start thinking through New Years Resolutions, it is only a day and a bit away and I like to do this early so I don’t rush. My last year’s plans didn’t quite work out as well, as even though I have completed work this year and I have had successful moments, I just did not have the time to do everything I wanted to achieve. This year I am trying to set a few achievable targets.
Right so that is all from me for this year. I hope you have all had an amazing holidays and have a fabulous New Year.
Hi everyone, I hope you have all had a nice and relaxing week and are enjoying the run up the holidays. I have had a very lazy, no artwork related week with lots of shopping, seeing friends and family, horse riding, tidying and sleeping. The studio however has had a good clean today and I am starting to get ideas for my next artwork. I have found it really hard to find inspiration lately, but finding a new group of artists to chat to in the studio this year has started to boost my confidence again and is getting me thinking about new ideas to experiment with. I am looking forward to getting out with my camera after Christmas to get visuals of nature and hopefully some model shoots as well if I have the chance.Fingers crossed the weather will be nicer than today! I am wanting to depict strong people as well as the beauty of nature this year. That's as much as I will say for now.
Right, now to the most important part of this post. I would like to say a big thank you to my followers, my likers, my sharers on all my social media platforms; For not only making me smile with your likes and comments, but also for the ongoing support which pushes me to continue to create. I hope you all have an amazing holidays with family or friends. Make sure you relax and get ready for the New Year.
Ps- Sorry this is a little early, wasn't sure if I would have enough time if not before Christmas to write my blog
Pps- The ponies also want to wish you all a Merry Christmas!
Morning! It has been a while since I have posted here, but please remember to add me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouiseSwantonTextiles/ as sometimes I post a little bit more there.
It has been a really busy month or two with commissions and getting things prepared for the galleries Christmas exhibition. I am rather ready for a little break to relax and hopefully get some inspiration back to create a new project. Until then I will leave you with some photographs of work I have completed recently.
First some photographs of my current oil painting, it has a lot of work to go to complete. But I am happy about how much progress I have made so far. I am trying to get into the habit of taking before and after photographs so I can easily see the improvement in my own wok and understand how much I have completed in a session.
The next photograph is of a recent comission I have been working on. I have been experimenting with different colours on my free hand embroidery butterfly brooches, using bright blues and purples instead.
Louise is an Textile Artist/ Designer and Secondary Art Teacher. www.louiseswanton.com