Friday 31 December 2010

IAE Challenge - Reflections and Resolutions!

This week's IAE challenge theme was a bit different - "Look at your craft or art, and ask yourself what have you accomplished this past year. What are your goals for the next year? Where  do you want your art to be by the next New Year's Eve?" 

It's fun to look back and celebrate your little successes, as well as deciding the next steps in your plan for world domination!

So ...

Things I am proud of accomplishing in 2010 -

1. My work being published in print for the first time
2. Taking part in the IAE team - especiallythe small part I played in our art auction, raising money for the charity Angel Faces 
3. Some successful "real life" exhibitions -Didsbury Arts Festival, Broadstone Mill and Novus Art Gallery
4. My first go at throwing a  pot!

And ... what I'd like to have ticked off my list this time next year -

1. I really want to try encaustic art (painting with wax) - there's just something about the texture and colour of beeswax that draws me! The above work is by the very talented
Dancing Girl Art
2. I'd like to experiment more with texture/fabric/stitch in my art
3. I'd like to look further into wholesale accounts for my wooden hearts
4. I tend to work quite small - mainly for practical reasons (i.e. I sell mainly online to the US and I live in the UK!) BUT this year I want to do a really huge tag canvas!

I'd love to hear about your achievements from 2010 and goals for 2011. 

Wishing you a fabulous New Year full of love, luck, and creativity!

PS don't forget to leave a comment on the post below to enter my giveaway, if you haven't already - it's open until 6th January!


  1. Well done and good luck my friend. I'm sure you'll have tremendous success next year. I'd love to do more with wax too - but it's all expense.... so much to try, so many supplies to buy!!

  2. Very nicely written out and it doesn't sound overwhelmingly difficult. I love it! I am still reflecting and choosing my goals. I am so glad you are a part of IA. You have been such a sweetheart.
    I wish for you a Happy New Year full of magic, whimsy and more blessings than you can imagine.

  3. Yes you've accomplished lots, and yes, you are very talented and creative...but I like you for being yourself and I am fortunate to have crossed paths with you...

    May the New Year bring you lots of good karma, good health, lots of love and my fav.... bread!


  4. You will get addicted to encaustics, lol! It's such a great medium to work with. And I would love to see a huge tag canvas, that would be so cool!

  5. Congratulations on being published and for raising money for Angel faces,also for your other accomplishments this year.Will watch for your new projects. The beeswax does look fun.

  6. Hi Angie

    Lovely post! I looked at beeswax art, try this link

    It's on the mixedmedia workshop site. Looks really interesting I just can't afford any more supplies/courses till we both get jobs but boy when we do!!!!

    You've certainly achieved a lot this year and I'm sure you'll do even more in 2011.

    Have a great New Year Angie

    Ro xx

  7. Congrats on your accomplishments and sounds like great goals to me.

  8. Setting up my shop on Etsy has to be my big achievement of 2010- not bad for a technophobe!!
    I really want to dedicate more time to it in 2011

  9. Thanks so much everyone - your comments have already made my New year! :)

  10. Happy New Year Sweet Girl! I hope this year brings you much love, happiness, creativity and good health!


  11. the beeswax-thing is also in my head, but my place is so limited... congrats to reaching so many goals in 2011 - and all the best for 2011 (hope there are no reasons to throw pots;))

  12. A wonderful year of accomplishments indeed! I too have been drawn to encaustic paintings, especially the 3D ones like Cheryl at Healing Woman does! And I can't WAIT to see your huge tag painting!
    Happy New Year!

  13. I'm so impressed with your art, and you know I love your tag art. I look forward to seeing your larger canvases. I'm sure they will be a great addition to your shop. And since I love beeswax, but don't make enough to make it worthwhile, I look forward to seeing what you create. Happy New Year and good luck in 2011. I'm sure you will make it all happen.