So I’m thinking … all those promises that we made to ourselves last New Year – can we look back and think that we did what we said we would do?
Did you stick to your word ? Did you do things for a little while and then maybe you ‘diversified’ your plans ( I don’t like to say failed!) Did you do anything memorable that wasn’t planned? Did life throw you a big fat snowball in the face that you had to deal with… and despite the odds you’re still here to tell the tale!
Looking back , What did you do in 2012 that was worth saying – “YES, I DID THAT” ?
Well here’s my reflective moment -
I said that I’d start doing some interviews with inspiring and creative people for the DappledSky site, I did that!
I said I’d do a creative share project – and in February I co-ordinated “Made to Exchange” on DappledSky, which was a challenge in some respects and rewarding in many other ways with international participants.
I said that I’d put my own creative plans into action and that I’d put my own creations into a fair or show of some kind. Well – I made some more of my characters, I wrote stories for them and I did some private commissions too. I dabbled in the local Pop-up Emporium, showcasing some of my brooches. Two of my characters were selected by Craftspace and MadeByHandOnline for the brilliant Unit Twelve Craft Open exhibition in November and I also showed my brooches and three figures at two great craft exhibitions locally in November and December. I didn’t sell any characters ( they are expensive) but I enjoyed making them and I’ve had more ideas on how to move them forward into other areas but I’d still like to get them into some galleries.
Here are some faces from DappledSky.com since it started …
On a more personal level…
My husband and I had a wonderful anniversary holiday and I’ll never forget being on the island of Simi, eating gorgeous food, sat next to crystal blue waters. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.
I ended one full-time job and started a new part-time job – which came with the challenge of re-learning how you use Windows and other programmes I’d not touched for years.
I’ve met lots of new people and made new friends.
Not too bad! … I plan to keep this creative stone rolling for 2013 and see if it can gather some speed. I’ve been asked if I’d like to curate and exhibition and will start to discuss that in the new year. Next year I need to get the house sorted and get the studio room back into action. I want to make more leisure use of our camper van and have lots more fab homegrown holidays in the British summer sunshine …. now that plan might be a little more difficult to orchestrate!
Check out these beautiful pen and ink drawings by Rheannon Ormond, they are full of interesting tales and details. Rheannon also likes to work with various print techniques and occasionally introduces some colour into her work.
While some look like they could be out of Victorian children’s storybooks, inviting us to find out about pirates, the high seas, famous detectives and explorers, other illustrations could almost be pictures for a book by Anais Nin, or maybe more currently Fifty Shades of Grey, as they have a hint of the dark and saucy side.
Rheannon Ormond actually hails from just a few streets away from where I live in Stoke on Trent, but just I happened to find her work on the internet and I’m delighted to find out about that connection. She now resides in Liverpool, since completing her Graphics degree at Liverpool John Moores University.
Since graduating Rheannon has been lucky enough to get commissions for the Topman shop, Liverpool, a book entitled “A Little, Aloud for Children” and a commission for an album cover for band in Nashville – The Cold Stares.
So check out her website and wish Rheannon well on her journey to become a very successful illustrator.
Open Studios events are great. If you’ve never been to one, it’s a great way to discover art in your local area and get chatting to artists. You can find out about techniques, suppliers, local art classes and other events and artists are quite often selling their work too.
Open Studio events usually involve friendly artists collaborating in a collective space to exhibit and offer demonstrations, but more often and more exciting is when the artist decides to open their own studio doors to show you their latest art and you get to see where they work… plus you get to do some studio snooping and the really friendly ones sometimes offer you tea and cake … sounds like heaven.
Make sure to pay a visit to the lovely Janice Barrett this weekend if you can.
Janice creates wonderful dark and mysterious pen and ink drawings that tell tales and explore the circle of life. There are only three small images shown in the brochure, but Janice also has some quite large scale drawings and has some very gorgeous detailed work. Janice has also started to enjoy printing with her new press, using lino and woodcuts, so some new and exciting work is in the offing too.
Check out the SOS brochure for details of how to visit the artists and when their doors are open over July. Here is a link to their facebook page too.
Check out DappledSky for an interview with Janice later in the year.