Hello, everybody! I hope you are enjoying the Christmas time and find some time to relax, bake some cookies, and kiss underneath the mistletoe.
I am very busy as usual, not only with Christmas preparations and my current exhibition “Love remains” (I told you about it in my last post) but also with making plans for the new year. Which courses and workshops will I teach? Where is the best place? How can I advertise most efficiently? As an entrepreneur you always need to be one step ahead.
And when I was thinking about my plans I came up with the idea of my very own art challenge for 2017 to which you are now officially invited! Yay!
The challenge is called “52 weeks of vegan art 2017” and is going to start on 2 January. Every Monday I will post a certain topic for the week and you can create whatever suits you best. Everything is possible from photography, via sketches, doodles, paintings, to sculptures or elaborate photoshop images. Everybody can take part from mere beginners to famous professionals, from long-time vegans to people who are just interested in becoming vegan.
I set up a Facebook group where you can share your creations, make new friends, post vegan related things, or just have a look at the work of the other artists.
52 weeks of vegan art 2017
You can also post your pictures on instagram using #52weeksofveganart2017
I will post lots of your images on my blog and give shoutouts on IG.
The first topic will be “A lucky pig for 2017”
The whole challenge is of course absolutely free with no hidden agenda except to make 2017 a bright and colourful year for the cause of #animalequality and #veganism so I hope I could convince you to join me. 🙂
Enjoy the advent time!
My new pattern “Mistletoe & Holly” is now available on Spoonflower and Redbubble.
Find me on redbubble
Another year of life has ended, a new one just begun .. For me that is a good time to think about what you achieved in the past year and – much more important – what your goals for the next year are.
Of course it is my aim to become a full time artist and make a living just by doing what I love but that takes a lot of focus and hard work. I have now been working as a freelancer for exactly 20 years with my translation/ tuition business so I know what I am talking about. But I am definitely willing to commit to some hard work and that is why I am taking lots of online courses in order to become the best me I can be.
At the moment I am taking the very enjoyable “Ever After 2016” course by Willowing. In this course you learn a lot of different mixed media techniques by a couple of high class artists. The topic is fairy tales and you get twelve different lessons so in the end you could fill a whole calendar with your paintings. I have already shown you some of my creations in my last blog post, today I can show you my version of the “Frog Prince” 🙂
Next Monday the “Do what you love” course by Beth Kempton will start and I am very much looking forward to that because the course focuses on lots of different areas of your life and you can learn a lot about yourself and your hidden possibilities. Maybe you need to clear out your closets at home and get rid of all the unwanted clutter before you are able become a successful business woman. These kind of courses always inspire me a lot and I tend to find solutions for minor problems. I will let you know about my progress.
do what you love
What else am I working on at the moment? I am still working on my vegan recipe illustrations for “They draw and cook” and am always happy when they add my works to their website. This was the last one that was added.
So my creative goals are to make the most of my courses, to learn a lot, and to improve my style.
Of course I also want to become the best version of myself possible so I decided to do a three week detox challenge with my good friend Marion. I will tell you about the outcome in November. My plan is to improve my acid-base balance and to exercise a lot. So in addition to the four yoga classes I already teach per week I will invest some time in extra lessons for myself. Hopefully my cunning plan will work out fine. The detox of the body is supposed to clear the mind as well and thus give me the chance to see where I can up my game.
What are your October goals? Please tell me in the comments! I hope you enjoyed this blog post and could find something for you in it! See you soon!
So that was January 2016 – and it just flew by .. What did I do this January?
For one thing I attended Louise Gale´s inspiring course “Big dreams, small wonders” and I must say the small wonders are beginning to happen for me!
For this year I set my focus on SUCCESS
My word of the year 2016 is Success.
Then I joined the #fritziflock – another very inspiring community of creative beings. Each week you will get a bird-related theme and on #fritzifriday you can share your artwork via fb or IG. Here one of my works:
As a result of my wish to be successful as a designer in 2016 I got a couple of features.
First on redbubble for my “Sushi -licious” pattern design.
Then I was featured on the “Make it in design” blog with one of the pattern I submitted in the ” Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design” Module 1. it feels a bit old-fashioned now but still ..
Oh yes, I changed my Logo – again! Now it looks like this:
Hope you like it!
I also got featured for my work on the #52weeksofnature challenge by Louise Gale.
Here is the pattern I came up with for “Leaves” week:
The last feature is very special because it is a double feature in the Uppercase Magazine newsletter I am very proud of:
And last but not least my portfolio site is online now:
I guess I am very grateful for all that happened in January and I can´t wait to see how February goes! Hope you were able to enjoy your first month of the year 2016 as well. Tomorrow I am going to celebrate Imbolg or the day of the Goddess Brighid, good night! x