Merry Christmas & A Mixed-Media Self Portrait
It was an inspiring evening of talks, workshops and an exhibition. Named Pockets of Inspiration, it featured a handful of self-employed creatives who shared their artistic journeys, the ups and downs of their work and advice for other creatives.
It was great listening to people who were so passionate about they do, and repeatedly trying new things despite challenges. Everyone left feeling so inspired.
What did I learn from the event?
People fail, a lot. And that isn’t a bad thing! The creatives presenting had tried so many things and pushed forward despite their ideas not always going to plan. Ultimately that’s how you learn.
Be receptive and open to change. Explore it, use it and learn from it.
Marketing and business skills are just as important as your creative practice. You can have the best skills ever, but no one will see them if you don’t know how to present your work.
During my time off I created a mixed-media self portrait. I combined a photograph of myself with scans of acrylic paint in Photoshop, pulling together bright colours and paint textures. I wanted it to be something personal that reflects me and I’m happy with the result.
I’m home for the holidays and will be back with new work in the near year. It looks like it will exciting; I’ll be planning some online and in-person workshops, writing and illustrating a children’s book with my partner, and taking to illustration fairs and conventions.
Whatever your plans for next year, I hope you enter it feeling refreshed after taking time off with your family and friends.