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    New Year – New Plans

    Happy New Year!

    I hope you’ve had a nice Christmas even though it may have been a very different one. We had a great outside Christmas with snuggly blankets, a warm chimenea and plenty of mulled wine and punch!

    Our outdoor Christmas

    Despite not being able to run my weekly classes and workshops last year turned out to be a busy year for me. I spent a lot of time working on my new website and learning new skills to enable me to still encourage others and share my love of painting, just online instead of meeting face to face.

    Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? I usually make several for my art and also a few personal ones, but this year with all that is going on in the world I’ve decided to just see how the year goes! Having said that I have drawn up an art and business schedule for 2021 that I’m going to try to stick to for once. I do easily get waylaid! So today I thought I’d share with you my new year – new plans.

    Working On A New Landscape Series.

    Small contemporary mixed media landscapes.

    During the last few months of 2020, I enjoyed painting several small loose landscapes. These paintings are quite a bit smaller than the size I usually paint but I really like their contemporary feel. I got a real buzz when painting these and so have decided to start working on a whole series of small expressive landscapes, I’m very excited about this project!

    walking in the snow

    Encouraging Others

    It was lovely to have so many get in touch with me following my last blog about granulation. It’s great to know it has inspired others to experiment and have fun creating watercolour textures. I get a lot of satisfaction from encouraging others, so one of the first things I’m planning to do this year is to produce a new online watercolour workshop.

    Because it’s been so lovely and frosty recently, one subject I’ve considered for this workshop is a snow scene, but I also feel inspired to paint a landscape with water! I mentioned this on my social media and asked which subject people would prefer. There have been votes votes for both, although the water scene has had the most, so that’s made the decision for me!

    White sketch on black background of dandelion seed heads


    If you have read some of my other posts you’ll know I like to using a sketchbook and generally have several on the go at any one time. I’ve had quite a few questions sent to me asking for advice about which sketchbooks I recommend, so I thought it might be helpful for me to share some of the different ones I’ve used in my blog posts during the coming weeks. In these reviews I’ll be sharing my personal thoughts of the things I do or don’t like about each of the sketchbooks.

    I’ll be sharing my progress of my ‘new year – new plans’ projects on my blog, social media and in my newsletter.

    I hope you have a good weekend whatever you are doing.

    Happy painting,


    5 thoughts on “New Year – New Plans

    1. Hi, this sounds really encouraging. I’m looking forward to seeing some of these plans come to fruition.

    2. Hi Ingrid,
      You do sound organised in your plans for 2021! I do like the idea of the small loose landscapes which can look very contemporary in a larger frame with a small window mount. What size are the ones you have shown in your blog? Future blogs giving advice about the pros and cons of sketchbooks will be very helpful too as there are so many to choose from. Thank you for your inspiration. Stay safe.
      June x

      1. Hi June,

        I’m so pleased you like my new paintings I’m working on, they are around 7 inches before mounting. I hope you find the reviews I’ll be writing about some of the different sketchbooks I use helpful, as you say there are so many different ones available.
        I’ll have to let you know later in the year if I’ve managed to stay focused and stuck to my plan! 🙂

    3. Hello Ingrid!
      So enjoying your blogs/posts and well done re Etsy sales!!
      I am loving my calendar by the way, very nice. Can I just say ……., would have liked a slightly bigger calendar and with more writing space. Anne x

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