The best and worst bits of 2014.
At the time leaving seemed an impossibly difficult decision to make. I loved my job, I'd been in Conveyancing since I left college at eighteen, and I was good at it, but I also love painting and teaching, and it wasn't possible for me to continue doing it all any longer.
In the end the decision was an easy one, talking to others made me realise that at the end of my life I won't find myself wishing I'd done more Conveyancing! Painting is good for the soul, and sharing what I've learnt with others is so rewarding.
It was the right decision, during the past six months I've been busier than ever - learning, growing and sharing. I'm not a good business woman; I got some business cards printed with fifty different paintings on them, but I love them so much you'll have to wrestle one off me if you want my details. I'm not a sales person, I completely forgot that Christmas is an opportunity to sell, and I feel very uncomfortable doing any self promotion, I've had my work exhibited four times this year and I'm only telling you about it now! I'm making LOTS of mistakes, but I AM learning, and I AM loving it.
In addition to painting and teaching I took over the upkeep of my website from my son, started writing this blog and set up the newsletters. I also re-joined the online communities of Twitter, Facebook etc. Dealing with technology continues to challenge me, so thank you for your patience in this respect.
Last month I was the featured artist in an online magazine run by Suffolk Rural Arts as a result of being "found" on Twitter. I know it's not a national newspaper or a glossy magazine but I was thrilled.
In other news I applied for, and was accepted, as a Professional Associate for the Society for All Artists. If I'm honest I thought it was a given when I handed over my subscription fee - but I had to fill out an application form and submit paintings and everything!
So, that's my year in a nutshell. I wonder what 2015 will hold? I've been thinking up and researching new challenges for myself... The Pen Pal Painting Exchange? The Sketchbook Project? Artist Trading Cards? I've decided to take one day at a time instead. You see, last January I vowed not to put myself under any unnecessary pressure (for health reasons) and then in my next breath vowed to paint a picture a day! I am my own worst enemy.
Thank you for your continuing support and encouragement. I was going to say “without
you this would be a lonelier, more solitary business” except, without you there would be no business!
Happy New Year, everyone. I wish you health, wealth and happiness, in whichever order matters to you.