Oh the dreaded contest! I never thought I’d have a love-hate relationship with art contests. I’ve entered all sorts, art store contests where you have your art framed and follow specific hanging guidelines to digital contests. The best thing is that contests give you practice to follow specific briefs. They get your work out into the world. The part I always struggle with is maintaining my confidence and not compare yourself to others. It’s hard to not get down about not winning. Keep on trying!
I spent the month of December doing a watercolor each day. I learned a lot about myself during that time. I've learned that has become increasingly difficult to take time to do my art. I'm not sure if it's because I'm not taking a class or if the pressures of teaching are taking over or if I'm watching too much tv. I'm not sure. I will say that somethings have helped. Posting my work on Instagram helps. I also wrote my own prompt sketchbook. I labeled every page of my new sketchbook with a thing to draw or paint and did a page a day. I did good at that during most of January. I even ordered business cards, postcards and stickers with some of my work. Now I have to figure out who to send these to. I guess I feel a little lost at what to work on next with my art. Do you ever feel that way?
Welcome to 2017!!! Last year I worked so hard on my artwork. This year I am so excited to see where all my hard work will take me! I've already revamped my webpage. I am really thrilled with how easy it was. I am going to start a surface design class. I can't wait to learn more about surface design. Here's to a great year!
I've just completed my first ever entry in Lila Roger's Global Talent Search. It is a contest where the final prize is representation with her agency. The assignment was great! You were to design a teacup, saucer and napkin for a bakery that was opening a tea room. You could do anything. There wasn't a theme. You were to work in your own style. I designed at least 5 different sets before I chose one. The judges pick just 50. Honestly, there were so many great entry I doubt I'll make the 50 but I'm glad I tried. It was a fun project!
I have a totally different day job. I teach first graders. I've been teaching for a long time. I know how kids act and I know what to do to teach them. I know my strengths and my weaknesses. Art is so different than teaching in some ways. In doing artwork, I feel so vulnerable. As if I have painted my heart and soul into something. I have to push myself to share my work sometimes. After I've painted or gone through a process with a piece, I am so happy with the piece but there is always something about the piece that I can't get quite right. Each time I do a drawing or a painting, I figure out different things that I hadn't even thought of before. Sometimes, I will complete a piece and not be satisfied with it. I have to hang on to it until I can go back and figure out what I need to do to rework the piece. It is truly a way to go and stretch yourself.