As 2018 comes to a close, I am thinking back on the last couple of years since I started drawing and looking forward to what lies ahead. For those of you interested in colored pencil, I'd like to share on this blog some of the techniques I've learned and continue to learn. I'd also like to explore the question of "now what?," and that is where I'll begin today.
Drawing for me was like riding a bicycle. You never forget how to ride a bike, and it came very naturally to me once I started drawing again. I draw because it is enjoyable and relaxing for me. However, as I began creating more and more art, I didn't want it to just sit in a drawer. So for the past couple of years I've been trying to decide what to do with this art hobby of mine and what direction I'd like to take. In a few more years I will most likely retire from my full time job and will have more time to dedicate to art, and hope by then I will have things figured out.
So far I have been in a couple of art exhibitions and my work has been shown at some local businesses. I have recently been accepted to be the feature artist in a gallery show at another local business in March 2019. Each of these opportunities have been learning experiences and have given me a taste of things that are possible. In addition, I've sold prints to friends, colleagues and family. I also took the leap and started posting on Instagram, as I am not a big fan of social media. I have met other artists there who are kind, supportive and encouraging, and it has given me a boost of confidence.
My goal for 2019 is to start this blog and an email newsletter to keep people informed about my art. I want to take things slowly, as I don't want a second full time job. But I'd also like to continue to take my hobby up a notch so that I can share what I love to do with others and build a foundation for when I do have more time to devote to it. If anyone out there is in the same boat, maybe following this journey with me will help you, too.
Until next time!