Despite everything Covid has continued to throw at us this year, I'm pretty chuffed with my 2021. Have produced at ton of new work, including Glare above, dabbled in a bit of art mentoring, ventured into the world of image licensing, forged some fab collaborations, extended my card, print and merch range, made even more lovely art friends, taken part in numerous successful exhibitions, sold an original just two hours after finishing it...again...raised charitable funds for some awesome causes, attended the first ever Christmas Artisan Market at Pittville Pump Room, and discovered a love of painting I never knew I had.
Only one negative for me really, and that was getting Covid and not being well enough to go ahead with my Paint, Punch and Positivity exhibition at Cheltenham Martial Arts.
And while all that was going on, I managed to do what was necessary to achieve my second dan blackbelt in kickboxing and martial arts.
There's a good chance this is my last painting of 2021. It's called Awoken. Started off with an acrylic underpainting with a layer of oil detailing on top. One of my fab birthday presents this month was some Jackson's oils and it reminded me they hadn't been out for a while.
It's not a particularly Christmassy composition, but one that has been brewing in my mind for a while. Have had some awesome feedback on this one already. For some, it's dark and desperate, for others mighty and powerful. Would be interested to know what you get from it?
Ending the year on a high after helping PC Paul Hopley raise over £1.5k for the Retired West Midlands Police Dog Benevolent Fund, all in police dog Stark's honour.
The winners of the charity draw have been notified and I've been busy sending off their prizes. Thank you so much to all the kind and generous folk who got involved.
All that's left is to wish you a very merry Christmas and New Year, along with all the health and happiness for whatever the year ahead has in store.
Many thanks for every single like, follow, comment, commission and sale. The encouragement I've received spurs me on and keeps me going.
Thank you for supporting this small, independent maker.
Looking forward to lots more
art fun to come in 2022.