Every single day, I doodle, I love it. I am inspired by it. And now, I have a purpose for it! I have joined a great FB group called DOODLE DAY MAY, who meet up virtually each day to draw a word... I've felt very inspired by the ideas coming from others as well as the words themselves, that I feel like a have a new purpose! What to do with the doodles when they're finished...
Well, some of them will arrive in my gallery, if they're strong enough and I feel inspired enough to paint them up - so far this looks like a great opportunity - and they're going to land on pintrest instead of on my site... I'm slowly going to start moving my unfinished works off my gallery and onto pinterest, leaving room for the finished works....
Then - wait for it - I've had this idea for textiles for a while, so I'm thinking some of these could land up as single element designs (shirts), yardage, and possibly stationery... we'll see how it goes.. HOW MANY OF YOU WOULD LIKE TO WEAR A PICKLE PIRATE OR A PICKLE COWBOY!!!
Well, that was a rare treat. As a member of the SCBWI, I attended my very first meeting down the coast and met up with a very talented group of writers and illustrators. At first, I figured I'd just stand/sit and listen, but after a while I found myself feeling re-motivated and more passionate about my chosen path than previous months.
I have made the right choice... I have to remind myself of that every now and then. I take on work that is not related to my end goal, and I get bogged down with minutae that seems uninspiring and all together pointless, and then it dawns on me, you've got to MOVE towards your goal. Even when you decide what you want to do, you've got to keep going with it - moving towards the goal. In fact, I think the Universe has been trying to tell me something along these lines for a few days now, because I received this in my fortune cookie today:
"Goals are dreams with deadlines".
So, I drove down the beautiful coast, lunched at a beautiful home of one of the key members, and listened to two great speakers Judith Rossell (illustrator and author extraordinaire, in fact my son has been reading her books since he was three! And Sheryl Gwyther talking about her experiences and passion for paleontology...
Networking and tea was in abundance, as was listening to inspired authors and taking time out to re-connect with my goals, as well as learning a few extras:
1. Know what the publisher wants - make my illustration folio more publisher specific
2. Talk more about what I want to achieve - I met a good couple of people through just talking
3. Research authors and illustrators BEFORE the events, so that you can talk to them about their work and experiences
4. Take samples of work
5. Be PATIENT!
Highly recommended for any artist. Take time out every now and then.
There's nothing better than enjoying a bit of 'plein air' drawing and painting. Take your mosquito spray, a few materials you haven't used in a while and get back to the nature of your art.
After a busy week, where some work just seemed like too much 'hard work', I packed my things and took a trip to Boreen Point, Tewantin... fantastic location and very relaxing. Day one had my mind monkeying about, and not settling into the 'art', but by day two, I felt the pressure was off, it was time to play. Getting back to nature has given me a little more motivation to keep going for the right reasons. It's not my work, it's my passion.
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.