And here we are...counting down the last day of 2014!
This year seems to have flown by! Especially the second half...for me, from September on was a total blink of an eye. It was crazy!
For this last post of the year...the post that completes my year as well as my December blog-a-thon (hooray!)...I thought I would share a few of the highlights of 2014...
In January, I was having fun with one of Jane Davenport's workshops:
|This was for Jane Davenport's "Supplies Me" workshop.|
It was also the beginning of my two year long art projects, Journal 52...
|This page remains one of my favorites...one of the ones that I am most proud of!|
...and Documented Life:
|This was documenting a very sad thing, the passing of my dog, Nunu...he was such a good boy, but his passing away brought an end to a painful illness, and there's comfort in the fact that he's not in pain anymore.|
In February, I had a rant about a co-worker, but this lovely page came out of it:
|Her horns/tiny head trees are my favorite part...I adore them!|
I started a short and frustrating trip into abstract art, that still goads me every time I think about it...
Then I tried my hand at a Mindy Lacefield inspired spread and found I liked that much better:
|I've ended up with several Mindy Lacefield inspired pieces, but this was the first and probably my favorite...|
I also realized that my desire for freedom isn't new to me...I've wished for it since I was a child:
|I didn't remember this page, but maybe in 2015, I'll reach my lifelong dream of attaining freedom...|
In March, I thought a lot about who I was...
|...made with some home-made stencils I did a tutorial for (also in March)...|
...and who I wanted to be:
|"Now and Then"|
I started understanding that if I wanted to get to the colorful and happy place on the right, I'd have to push through fear as illustrated on the left.
In April, I thought more about being afraid:
|Another one of my favorite pages...I think she's so cool!|
I worked on some personal stuff...
|I love the color combo of the olive-ish green and the rosy carmine...|
...and started a project that I later came to realize was better left unfinished:
|My collage skills were improving by leaps and bounds, but I was backsliding to an emotional state that was better left in the past...I do need to get back to collages though...I was getting better at them!|
May saw a couple mermaids (and me admitting that I like washing dishes):
|...if I were a mermaid, I'd be a chunky one...but my tail would be fantastic!|
|This is another happy-making page for me...her arms and hands came out relatively normal looking! ☺|
I also remembered that change comes from within and got a little confrontational with someone who had done me wrong (so out of character for me!):
|...the shading on the ball of her nose turned out surprisingly well!|
In June, I got experimental! I made my first (and, so far, only) mandala:
|...not too hideous for a first attempt, right?|
...tried my hand at playing the Glad Game:
|...I also started noticing a run of purple in my art that month...|
...got to do an artist interview with my sweet and talented friend Jackie (aka My Honey):
|Isn't My Honey an amazing artist? I adore her and her work!|
I also did a video talking about my art and myself...and I got all scientific on you:
|...there was an informative discussion about what a 'line' actually is, involving time, our lifespan, and vampires...my mind is so weird...|
July saw more science:
|Real life anglerfish are NOT as cute as this guy is...|
...participation in Summer of Color:
|That wolf sure loves that girl...|
...me making wishes:
|...still looking for those things...|
...and my realizing how appalling 'fashion' has gotten in recent times and how I would dress if I could:
|check out those gams...|
In August, I realized that I'm probably a psychic, but most of the time I don't know what I'm talking about:
|The reference photo that I used for the above girl is one I keep coming back to...she's on my Pinterest board, "Photograph".|
In September, I had an awesome beach trip with my mom! Artistically, I played with texture, made some cards, and realized that some things can't be let go of quickly:
|the olive green and carmine make their second appearance|
I got my feathers ruffled:
|That crow napkin is still awesome...I wish I had a million of them...|
...and I started seeing things connect:
|Leonardo was right...|
October heard me bemoaning the fact that my mom and I couldn't stay at the beach indefinitely...and it heard me celebrating as well:
|...after MANY attempts, a decent face in profile was drawn!|
I thought about what was dear to my heart:
|...also reminded you that Bambi was, in fact, a boy...|
and magic was made:
|...still NOT Tinkerbell...|
November came with some baggage:
|...we hold too much inside of ourselves sometimes, don't we?|
but also contained acceptance:
...and realizing I've still got some fight in me:
And finally December...it started out with a scare that THANKFULLY ended much better than it could have.
I participated in Reverb14 (my first Reverb ever!), which was fantastic and reminded me how much I enjoy writing (which has taken a backseat to art for quite a while). I learned a lot about myself...
|...finished off a bunch of pages where there was a background but nothing else...|
where I wanted to be:
|This page is laughably bad! (but laughing's good, so it can't be all bad, right? ...right???)|
...and what I hope for the future.
I wrapped up Journal 52 with an important reminder:
|...better keep learning then!|
and Documented Life with a little whimsy:
|I've never been happier that my name starts with an "A"!|
...thus completing TWO year-long art projects and proving that I CAN finish what I start!
And that brings us up to date with today, December 31...
|...still celebrating the cleanliness of the desk!|
...where I thought I send 2014 off with a little bit of fun...
|Followed a tutorial I found on Pinterest to make this cartoony horse...you can find the tutorial on my "Copycat With Respect" board.|
With many thanks for all it's taught me, I say:
SO LONG 2014!