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.
Louise is an Textile Artist/ Designer and Secondary Art Teacher. www.louiseswanton.com