Let’s start the New Years resolutions rolling!
Next year I am planning on writing myself little monthly recaps. I’ve always found journaling to be a vital tool in the creative process (and also it helps my terrible memory). I’m starting off with a practice round for good ol December 2018 to get in bright and early 🐔
December has been a busy month! With concerts, work, art and social life all seeming to amp it up in this month, I do admittedly feel a bit burnt out.
I ran my first ever open studio, on one of the hottest days of the month, and gave myself heat stroke and food poisoning in the process, so all in all it was a great success. Seriously though apart from that, I couldn’t have been happier with the afternoon! I sold lots of little cards and ceramics, and had a communal watercolour table where everyone could have a go at painting. I met some lovely new faces and caught up with old friends. ☺️
I got to give graphic design a go when making the poster for St Brigid’s Ceremony of Carols, as well as sing in the performance itself. Always fun!
I also was given the opportunity to provide some artwork for the ‘Hidden Dome’ concert series posters.
Bella Rae’s latest issue featured an illustration of mine on the back cover. My sister also had a feature article in this magazine so it was a particularly special issue for us!
The amazing Fergie’s posted me the final album in their series for this year, featuring my illustrations for the album artwork. I am so lucky to have worked with these guys! Honestly such a lovely group.
I’ve been lucky enough to sell my cards in all the Biomes, Nook and Sun and Company and am forever grateful to these wonderful shops for their support!
I’ve also been working on two very special commissions this month. One in oil and one in watercolour, and both quite a bit larger than my average size! Hoping to have both completed in time for Christmas.
Something a bit exciting for December was the Nutcracker! A choir I am currently singing in was asked to sing in the Queensland Ballet’s Nutcracker. This was quite a magical experience, even if it was only for a few minutes! Getting to see all the costumes back stage is so special and it made me wish I could be as talented as those ballerinas!
The amazing folks at the Linen Press printed me some organic cotton tea towels just in time for Christmas. These practically all sold in one night and I am so pleased with how beautifully they turned out!
Lastly will be the Christmas gatherings – that will take us right into Woodford folk festival, which has always been my favourite way to bring in the new year.
I’m so excited for 2019! This year has been grand.
Here are some goals for nineteen:
– don’t buy new clothes 🧦
– wake up earlier 🌞
– walk daily in nature 🌳
– make picture book happen 📖
– grow card business 🎨
– road tour with Monique Clare 🚗
– run a workshop 🗣
– have an exhibition 🖼
– make ethical jewellery 💍
– grow Etsy store 🏬
– write a monthly blog/recap 🖊
– make 2020 wall calendar 🗓
– reduce plastic use and waste ♻️
– learn and read lots! 📚
– be there for friends who need love and support 💕
– enter art prizes 🏅
– visit galleries and support friend’s shows 🎼🏛
– encourage yourself to go out of your social comfort zone, even if it means being a little anxious ☺️
– Japan trip! 🇯🇵