Comparing last year’s work to this year

When I look back on what I was working on last year and compare it to this year – I’m amazed. I feel like I have developed and progressed so much as an artist.

Last year at this time – I was still not using watercolor paper! I just started adding details in ink last August. Now I add ink to many of my paintings. It seems like a lifetime ago.

Projects from last Summer

This Summer

pretzaldoodles cupcakedoodles shellspattern

As I looked back at old posts I realize something else. I was all over the place trying different things, which was great, but I’ve become much more focused. I still try new things but there seems to be more of an overall continuity. A stamp of “me” on my projects. I’m curious – do you see the difference too?

Putting in the time and work is really worth it. I may not realize it everyday, but when I look back, I can’t believe how far I’ve come.


Published by Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

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14 thoughts on “Comparing last year’s work to this year

  1. No doubt, your work is seeming to me like it has more continuity. More unity? Not sure what I want to say, but it seems more like a solid body compared to what you’ve shown from last year. I really like it, and it’s so nice to see your time and effort paying off! 💛

  2. Its a journey! I was told when I started painting to save my work for at least a year and then review it. Some of it I liked more because it was innocent and I didn’t know better. Sometimes gaining information can be more of a problem. It also takes time to develop your own style if you are not a naturally intuitive painter. I am trying different things all of the time and will ultimately find what suits me best. Keep on going is all I can say. Even well established artists change their style over the years. Its all a learning curve! 🙂

  3. It is fun to look back. I have some art that I did in my 20’s, before I ever even considered a life of art. At the time I didn’t even know what kind of paint I was using!!

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