2015 was a game changer, both personally and professionally.
I lost so much sleep; I made a countless number of to-do lists; I spent more lunch hours at Michaels than eating actual lunches; I ruined so many t-shirts and leggings and hoodies with paint splatter stains; I sketched and sketched and sketched; And daydreamed; And drew; And colored; And crumbled up paper; And tore it right down the middle; And in 30 seconds, painted over a piece I had spent the previous week working on.
I challenged myself. I exhausted myself. I pushed myself. And I exhausted myself again.
I made the decision early on that this would be the year that I dive head first into everything I love about life, and learned that the rockiest roads, the uphill battles are the only ones worth traveling.
Because now it’s December 31st and I get to look back and make a list of the highlights to celebrate all those sleepless nights, the panic attacks, the moments of being 100%, totally and completely unsure of myself. And it feels so great
1. My wedding invitations (and all other wedding stuff) – I drew everything by hand, picked the colors, figured out the design, the fonts, and printed them all myself. I was shocked that I was so happy with the way they turned out. The fluidity of the handwritten elements, the way the flowers seemed to be scattered across the invitation and spilled over the white border, the color scheme – everything. I’m still obsessed with them and have big plans to create more in 2016 😉 (For you! Not for me! Haha!)
2. Painting this summer – I had plans to create a collection of paintings for Fall 2015, but spent the summer exploring what I wanted that collection to look like. I drew inspiration from Instagrammers I stalked on the regs, Pinterest postings that I couldn’t get out of my head, and pictures of our great city that I took with my phone. But ultimately, I came up with a theme that felt completely original and represented my own tastes and aesthetics better than any paintings I had done before. But the summer of exploring was the reason I got to that point. Making a mess and testing things out and throwing ideas away is something I never really allowed myself to do before, but it’s something I’ll do again this year.
3. Fall 2015 Collection of paintings – I’ve never been prouder of a body of work. I’m obsessed with each and every piece in the collection, and I truly think that’s why it saw so much success. I didn’t accept anything less than perfect from myself, and it paid off. Having these paintings displayed at Coffee And ____, a hometown coffee pop-up shop was thrilling. Getting 15 copies of the Grosse Pointe News from my dad with the feature they did about me and my art was embarrassing. And seeing that my paintings are now being sold through not one, but two online galleries was beyond anything I ever expected. Proving to myself that I can do this thing called art, and be satisfied with the results was the biggest boost to my confidence when I needed it the most.
4. All of the people that appreciate what I work so hard to do – Every “Like”, every comment, every word of encouragement, every request, every commission, every beer/cocktail/glass of wine that we’ve shared, every smile, and every hug keeps me moving forward. It’s not that I couldn’t do this without you, but I wouldn’t do this without you. Art connects me to life, love, and all the best experiences, but without the people to share life, love, and experiences with – it kind of means nothing. Does that make sense?
Thank you so much for sharing this great year with me. I can’t wait to show you what I have in store for 2016!