My New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone, here’s to a fantastic 2015!

I don’t normally make New Year’s resolutions, mainly because I never have any ideas, but this year there are a few things which I hope to do and achieve in 2015.

To give me more motivation to succeed, I’ve written them out, or rather painted them out, in the style of a journal page.

I really enjoyed making this today. I used it as an excuse to experiment with my Winsor and Newton watercolours. I’ve never really known how to merge colours successfully, so blending pink into purple was a bit of a challenge! For the most part it worked really well, although the right hand side of the 2015 rectangle looks a bit dodgy.

Anyway, back to my resolutions…

#1 Draw or paint a miniature portrait every week

I’ve done quite a few miniature portraits now and thought it would be a fun challenge to complete one per week, not only of celebrities but ‘normal’ people too!

This is my first one of the year, a coloured pencil drawing of Angelina Jolie on brown paper. I think I’ll get bored if I do them all in the same medium, so I’ll chop and change depending on how I feel!

#2 Make my art business flourish

Those of you who’ve read my blog for a while will probably know that I work full time and use my spare time for art. 2014 was an exciting year for me as I took more commissions for drawings, paintings and paper cuts than I ever have done before and I hope that 2015 will see many more!

If you would like to help me along with this resolution and commission a piece of art, please let me know! I can do mini portraits like the ones above, paper cuts, paintings, doodles…have a little flick through my blog or Facebook page and see what takes your fancy.

At the moment I’m working on some wedding card paper cutting templates for people to cut themselves. This is one of them. I have another two to cut before they’ll be up for sale on Etsy as digital downloads.

#3 Get my ears pierced again

Bit of a weird one this! I’ve been thinking for a while that I’d like to get my ears pierced again. My sister got her second set done a while ago and I like the way you can wear dangle earrings alongside studs.

#4 Wear high heels to work

Again, another odd one! I walk to work every day, so wearing heels isn’t really practical, but some of the girls keep a set at work to change into. I do like wearing heels, so thought I’d give it a go. Not sure how long this resolution will last!

In other news…

I ordered some new pens the other day and decided to put them through their paces to create a mandala. This is far from finished and there will be more inking on the section you can see here, but I’m very pleased with it at the moment!

I had a sudden urge to draw octopuses (octopi?) so they’ve made it into one of the rings!

Not sure what to include in the outer rings, so if you have any suggestions, let me know!

Finally, I’ll leave you with a photo of Croyde beach where we started our walk to Saunton today.

I’m sharing this post on the following blogs: Paint Party Friday, The Queen of Creativity and Blue Chair Diary Illustrations!

12 thoughts on “My New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Omg, so much beauty here… Those mini portraits are just amazing! Love the mandala & those purple & pink blobs of resolutions. I’ll be checking out more of your posts soon! Love your work. Happy new year! xx

  2. I love your creative goal list for 2015 – wonderful things to work towards! I’m working on my list and attempting to do something a little different this year for my own personal goals. Look for a blog post! lol

    LOVE your journal pages, too. And of course, your miniatures are brilliant! :)

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