My Creative Resolution – Watercolor, Illustration, Print Pattern Design

What I’ve learned in the 2nd half of 2014 (about myself and art)

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At the 6 month mark of My Creative Resolution I wrote a post entitled “What I’ve learned about art (and myself).” As I sat down to write this, I reread that post, and I realized a lot of those items are still the important things I’ve learned this year. But I do have a few items to add. Those “6 month” items were mostly about art. The items I am writing now, are what I’ve learned about myself.

  • I love working square
  • I love adding ink. This is so surprising to me! I used to think adding all those lines seems so tedious, but I’ve found – you get into a zone.
  • Watercolor portraits – soften the edges so the skin doesn’t look blotchy.
  • I love being creative. I love having a project in the works, or ideas for new projects, or both!
  • I’m affected by the seasons. I can’t help being inspired by what is around me, whether it’s Spring flowers, Fall leaves, Winter’s evergreen trees, or a day at the beach.
  • I like being spontaneous and working on what inspires me in the moment. I found my weekly checklist to be too much after a while.
  • In the past I was frustrated with wanting to develop a style. Now, I’m embracing the journey. I’m in no rush, and I’m having fun doing it.
  • I’m no closer to selling and I’m not sure selling is for me. I don’t want to be filling orders or creating sellable things. I want to create what I’m inspired to create.
  • I love blogging – see more below.

What I love about blogging:

  • It motivates me to create.
  • I love working on new projects. Each new idea sparks more and more ideas.
  • I enjoy writing.
  • I like thinking about my process – what worked, what didn’t, what was a happy accident, or a mistake to learn from.
  • I love the community and feedback.
  • I’m inspired by and learn from other bloggers and I am honored when someone says I do that for them.

I am bursting at the seams with ideas for making My Creative Resolution better, for me and you, in 2015. I hope you’ll join me as my creative journey continues. 🙂

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Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

Web and Print Designer living in New York. I blog about painting, illustration, and designing patterns. Inquires are welcome.

10 thoughts on “What I’ve learned in the 2nd half of 2014 (about myself and art)

  1. “I like being spontaneous and working on what inspires me in the moment. I found my weekly checklist to be too much after a while.
    In the past I was frustrated with wanting to develop a style. Now, I’m embracing the journey. I’m in no rush, and I’m having fun doing it.”

    I can relate wholeheartedly to these two. I took several classes in the first half of this year — trying to switch from acrylics to watercolors — and stopped enjoying the process. Now I enjoying my own projects and spontaneous interests — much better. I’ve enjoyed your blog — I often read it in my email and have been too hurried to stop and hit like!

  2. I too am enjoying your posts, and I agree – we all learn from each other. That’s why we post and read… Happy Holidays. Patsye

  3. A lot of what you said struck a chord with me. Happy creative new year to you!

  4. Thanks and happy creative New Year to you too! 🙂

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