Hopes, projects and hopefully success..

So it’s that time of year where we start to think about what we want from the next year. I’ve certainly had plenty of thoughts in the last month about where I want things to go.

My plans for my artwork in 2017 were fairly simple, I’d been struggling to get back into focussing on artwork so I wanted to give myself a few goals, and I’m happy to say that for the most part I succeeded in them.  I’d aimed to complete at least one piece that I was proud of every month and to complete Inktober fully for the first time ever.  With the help of those two goals I’ve ended up completing artwork at least every week if not every day. Being creative is definitely a good habit to get into, especially if your mind wanders into negative thinking as badly and as often as mine does.

For 2018 I know better than to try and think of personal goals, because I never manage to achieve those. So once again I’m focusing on setting a few professional goals, that of course will have to work around the day job.

This year I’m aiming to complete each one of the coloured pencil magazine contests, I don’t work in coloured pencil enough so I’m hoping this will make me a bit more efficient with that. My January 2018 entry can be seen here https://www.flickr.com/photos/161472244@N04/39114077162/in/pool-cpmchallenge/

Another monthly challenge I’d like to maintain is the Scrawlrbox challenges as they art really helping with creativity.

I’m also intending to keep my previous goals of completing as much artwork as I can and to complete inktober in full.

I also have a few projects I’ve been thinking about such as picture books and illustrations, so hopefully those will turn out well.

I’m sure more goals will be thought of in the upcoming days, but for now. Happy New year. Feel free to share in the comments any of your own artistic, professional or any other types of aspirations for where you want to be in 2018.

Watercolour Fox

Last night I finished this watercolour fox piece.

It was painted in my daler rowney mixed media sketchbook with Sakura Koi watercolours. The reference photo came from pixabay.


Prints are available of this on society6 


I was going for a more serious look on this fox, but it turned out cuter than intended, which I’m actually rather happy with.  This is the first painting or drawing of a fox I’ve ever done.

Other firsts this week have been an acrylic painting of elephants and a portrait in acrylic, both of which can be seen on my instagram.

For anyone interested in finding out more about fur foxes, I highly recommend checking out my friend Kats’ website https://kaiswayridgefoxes.com there’s lots of cute pictures of her foxes and interesting information. The site is named in honour of one of her foxes Kai who was unfortunately recklessly released by someone

Crested Duck painting

We have 6 ducks and yesterday I decided to paint our crested drake.

We’ve only recently got this pair and haven’t even named them yet, but he’s already been painted. I’ve been organised and already uploaded the speed paint video for this and prints are available at Fine art America  and Society6. I’ll get round to uploading my Peacock painting on there shortly. Those that follow me on instagram will have seen that painting.

He was painted using winsor and newton gouache, I’m becoming quite a fan on this stuff and was completed on A4 Daler Rowney mixed media paper. I like how this paper handles things pretty well without warping too much. It’s also the paper that I’m using for my inktober pictures and it’s really nice not having to worry about the ink bleeding through into the page below.