As the end of 2017 approaches, and because I have been wanting to write about my art journey in my blog; I stopped to reflect on everything that has happened to me this year and how that has impacted my artistic journey. I still remember how I felt around this time last year, which is exactly how I feel right now.
Back then, I was excited because when January 1st arrived, I was going to start my 100 days challenge (which you can see here). When I embarked on that journey, I was blessed enough to have a lovely lady interested on buying some of my paintings. I remember I was as excited as I was terrified because I didn't know how much to sell my art for, or anything related to shipping.
I grew a lot throughout those 100 days, but I also remember the uncertainty that came when those days ended and I was stuck with the question: what now?
I learned the bliss of growth, and the horror of feeling like I was going to get stuck and not go everywhere. I decided to take small risks, explore to find the style of my art, and connect with other artists.
Most of the summer was spent on exploration, and by suggestion of another artist, I decided to create my first collection because I wanted my paintings to speak to each other. That is how the Aqua Collection (which you can see here ). and then later on how my Rebirth Collection came to be (which you can shop here).
I also decided to build my own website because I wanted to have a space to express myself any way I could possible (find the time for). This is something I really feel proud of because learned a lot and worked so hard to put it together, and I'm thankful for the help and advice my wonderful boyfriend gave me.
This year there were failed projects, unexpected situations, and times of hopelessness; yet I found a way to not give up because making art became something more than just a hobby. It became one if the sources of my happiness.
On side blessings, I realized my art can support itself and shipped my first order abroad, I got my first interview (which will be out soon), and I grew a lot on Instagram and got followed back by some of the artist I admire (I know some of you can relate to that excitement).
I would love to share with you some of the things I learned and wish someone had told me back when I was clueless about everything. Please subscribe to my newsletter, if you don't already have, to receive an email every time I publish a new post.
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- Love, Lourdes