Updated: Dec 19, 2020
It’s the last working day for a lot of people today. It’s been a tough old year for many but I’m counting my blessings and taking stock of a lot of lovely experiences in 2020.
Despite pretty much all my exhibitions being cancelled, Tamsin Stuart Art has had a good year, the highlight being selling my big showpiece Burst at the end of a totally fab week-long show at the Dove Gallery in October.
Producing paintings that sell within a couple of hours or a couple of days of creating them has been so encouraging, and reassuring that no matter what is going on in the world there is an appetite for art. While virtual exhibitions and markets have allowed me to show my stuff to new audiences in a progressive way.
A count-up of my portfolio shows I have now created over 100 paintings since I set up Tamsin Stuart Art nearly three years ago. Queens Hotel is number 102.
I’ve been lucky enough to be able to take numerous positives from these difficult times, while still being acutely aware that that has not been the case for others.
The Portraits for NHS Heroes initiative helped me focus my attention and feel like I could do something useful for frontliners at a time when lockdown took a sideswipe at my serenity.
Being moved to use my art to express thanks to police dog Stark and those who work selflessly for others has given me a sense of purpose and peace, as well as providing a channel for expressing and dealing with my emotions.
And a big plus for me has been being asked to help reach out to young artistic minds. Talking to Year 6s as they embark on their own painting project, learning new skills to help youngsters spread Christmas cheer through creativity, doing my little bit to keep art on the agenda at an early age.
This year has taught me there’s more to this artist thing than just sales. The creating part is the bit I do for me because it’s part of me and how I make sense of the world. And, yes, I need to fund my creating by selling my art, which in turn gives me credibility as a professional artist.
But for me it’s about using art as a force for good too, forging positive connections and trying to keep art at the forefront. Helping to spread kindness and encouraging people to do their own creating. It feels good to reach out to others, it feels good to help people empower themselves, to give them a friendly nudge to get stuck in and have a go.
And, at the same time, I’m moving forward, growing, learning and finding fun in it all.
Thank you for whatever part you have played, or are playing, in this girl’s art adventure as it takes its twists and turns. Wishing you peace, love, health, happiness and positivity this Christmas and beyond.