Sunday, December 29, 2013

2013: A Year in Review

A year ago, I graduated with my degree and set myself an art goal for 2013: Do NOT become a statistic!  It turns out that lot of BFA graduates never make another piece of art.  I didn't want that to be me.

So I started 2013 participating in 30 in 30 days, the painting challenge.  (If you click on each image, it'll take you to the link for that blog.)

Here are some of the not so greats:

And some of my favorite pieces:


Then to make sure I didn't stop there, I also hosted a One Billion Rising Challenge: Artist Challenge.

Some of the successes:

And some to learn from:

I completed my Pay it Forwards:

I got to teach all sorts of fantastic projects at Studio 116:

And this is the first year I've ever had several commission requests (:

Designed my first commissioned tattoo:

and my artwork is inspiring another one:

All in all, 2013 has been a great success!  I'm going to finish this year in review with a post I shared on facebook today:

This is how I feel about my art (: Almost exactly one year ago today, I started my page, Wise Ramblings: The Art of Janin Wise, having just graduated, in the hope that I wouldn't become a frequent statistic: a BFA art graduate who never made another piece of art after graduating. One year later, I'm on the cusp of 500 likes with a giveaway planned for 700, I've taught over a dozen art lessons at studio 116, I've had my own first little art show, and I've made 68 new original pieces of art. As we speak, I'm working on my plans for 2014. And I wanted to take this moment to say thank you to all of you who like, comment, and support my page with your encouragement. YOU help me keep watering it, and for that I am very thankful.

And now I'm looking forward to seeing what 2014 has in store! (:

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