When your "why" changes

 
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In the last couple of years most of my art work was watercolour based, but at university I preferred drawing to painting. Sketching has always been a way of communicating for me. I used to draw absolutely everything, my morning coffee, clothes, people, animals, houses and things that happened during the day.

At some point I fell in love with painting, mixing colours with textures and tried out different techniques. Somewhere along the way, when I started posting on Instagram, the “line work” disappeared and my art started to look “neater” and “cleaner”. Gone were the messy lines, the wrinkled and stained paper and the illustrations done without pre-sketching.

I love the illustrations that I created in the last few years, but I miss the spontaneity, the grit and the “energy” in my work. It is exactly this “but” that made me start to think about my “Why”. I am a big advocate of reflecting on my work which led me to introduce some changes to my creative process and strategy.

One of them is to go back to basics (graphite drawing, sketching), trying out new techniques and materials (fine liners, dip pens, ink). I am also making myself think less about how many “likes” an illustration gets on Instagram and to post more here on my website. The most significant change will probably be the new subject matter of my art work. This will not only affect the stories I am telling with my art but also my audience. I am expecting, and the results are already here, that there will be a shift in my followers on social media.

Creating is a journey and there are so many opportunities for growth.

New beginnings

There seems to be no better time to embark on new adventures than the beginning of a new year. It is also a time to reflect on the previous year, to be grateful and to make plans. In the past months I had the pleasure to work on some amazing commissions for greeting cards, personal gifts and the opportunity to collaborate with Flutter Magazine on designing a wrapping paper for their winter issue.

I created THERE MAY BE CATS to share my art and to inspire positivity and creativity in you through my paintings. It was first born on Instagram where I am posting pictures of my work process and sketches. Of course there are also photos of my cat Momo,  hence the name. I decided to keep it for my website as Momo is an important member of my art studio and she will most likely appear in my journal entries.

My paintings are inspired by nature and in my recent project I am exploring our relationship with plants in the urban living space. Last year my work was mostly figurative and I would love to venture more into abstract art as I am diving deeper into the topic this year.

In my opinion it is very important to fill our homes with happiness and colours. Art speaks to our souls and can magically transport us to a happy place and I am excited to share it with you.