Art by Rebecca Barkley
I have noticed a few artists like to reflect back on the past year and see how their art has developed from previous years. I find it quite interesting but never really bothered to try it myself. well, until today. And the results were somewhat unexpected. 2014 is the year I became a sculptor.
*I have not included any Graphic Design or Photography into this collection, only personal artworks.
I’ve always been a 2D artist, branching out a little but always returning to my trusty pencil or brush. However, looking at the work I have completed throughout 2014 there are a measly 3 paintings, a few sketches (I added to bulk up the 2D art range) and more 3D art than I could fit onto the page. Roughly 5 dead faery sculptures and at least 25+ hanging toadstools, 2 rings, 1 cross stitch and a bunch of other little creations along the way.
It’s surprising to see so few paintings, then again it was also the year of the toddler. Need I say more.
The image below was created for a particular exhibition where artists were given a theme and had 24 hours to complete an artwork. The theme was ‘The thief of Time’ so I went with the idea of being ‘away with the faeries’ and losing time when you’re daydreaming.
And seeing that there are so few artworks I may as well post them all! My painting of Kurt Cobain was in fact an entire make over for a painting I’d been touching up for years. Pretty pleased with the results, think I’ll keep this one.
It’s a little sad to look back and realise I did so little this year, but in all honesty I found myself making a lot of toadstools and dead faeries, which I seemed to have a bit of a demand for which was really exciting! And hey, they’re fun to make as well. So I didn’t really stop painting I just became a sculptor for a while. I guess this means you’ll be seeing plenty more in 2015.. fun (and busy) times ahead!
Other achievements for the year:
Completed the 365 photography project
Had new artwork in 4 exhibitions (One painting, one photography and three sculptures)
Published in a book (a craft fail mind you but hey, my work was published! Score!)
Runner up in 1 photography competition
Sold my favourite painting. Ever.
It was a brilliant year all up, art wise, and I’m looking forward to making a heap more art this year! I am aiming to build up stock and sell many more toadstools and faeries through my Etsy shop, as well as participating gift shops. I do intend to paint more too, but he no stress as long as I’m being creative in some way I’ll be happy!