Saturday, September 4, 2010

1st Blogoversary - reflections on a year

Image from:
Infinite, Illustration Friday, Sept '09
I started this blog a year ago today. Some things have changed since then and some have stayed the same. I no longer post "proper" photos here, other than to illustrate an event, they are now only on the pownallchronicles or uploaded to flickr. The notable exception is my Khartoum photos in my post Escorted by the police. However, there remains a mix of  finished pieces, such as those produced for Illustration Friday and the challenge Every Day in May (EDiM), and sketchbook work.

When I started this blog a year ago I wrote:
"Some people join a gym in order to get fitter, so I've joined a couple of websites to both draw more, and hopefully improve my drawing. Unlike joining a gym, I intend to stick to my minimum twice monthly resolution to draw. Famous last words they may be, but time will tell."
1st EDM 5th Feb 2010
Twice a month???? What was I thinking? This is my 165th post containing far more than that number of pictures.!

The reason for the blog was to motivate myself to draw more having neglected my art for years, except for the odd sketch or two on holiday, the number of posts shows it has done that, but it has done far more. Most importantly, through this blog I have become part of wonderful supportive art communities like Everyday Matters with their yahoo group and flickr, the amazing Urban Sketchers ( blog & flickr), and the sketchcrawlers (site). I have found the wonderful people in these group, and others who follow my blog, have provided support, inspiration, and ideas through their comments, blogs, and discussions. THANK YOU ALL.  
My 2nd sketchcrawl, Nov '09
Oman, Nov 2009

Furthermore, I have had a couple of opportunities to meet up with fellow artist-bloggers, plus had a reunion with some friends I went to college with. What a fabulous unexpected consequence of blogging. 
Me, Australia May 1990!
Finally, due to the wonderful comments I have received throughout the year, I am seriously relooking at my art, re-evaluating what I want to do, and how I want to do it. 


  1. Congratulations Sue! Your art is inspiring. I look forward to your next year of blogging.

  2. Congrats Sue! Cool that you exceed expectations in drawing and networking with other artists and creatives; major coolness!

  3. Happy blogoversary !!! I have only been following your blog since everyday in May and thik your drawings are lovely and you really give us a glimpse into a different world. I think that you have definitely ahieved some of your goals !!

  4. Well done, you certainly achieved something! We have followed you round the world and watched you sketch things we would never get to see. Here's to the next year of blogging. x

  5. Congratulations! I really enjoyed reading your post today, because it mirrors my experience completely from when I started my blog. All of my current art buddies were people that I met through my blog. I never imagined that I would have lovely friends from England, France, and now Australia who I met in person and now love dearly.

  6. Congratulations, Sue! I admire what you do and I am happy that we were able to connect in your first year.

  7. You've made great strides, Sue, in blogging and in art. Good for you! Curious though: why do you post your photos directly from Flickr? Is there a big advantage to that for photo storage reasons, or do you just want to direct traffic to Flickr? Always wondered about that.

  8. You do such beautiful pieces. Certainly hope that you continue to enjoy sketching and sharing.

  9. Congratulations!
    I really enjoyed reading this post. I love your work too!

    Here's to many more wonderfully creative years, with your art and blog!

    Anita ♥

  10. Congratulations on your first year! I am glad that your blog has done what you wanted it to do and so much more.
    What you should also remember is that not only are you motivating yourself, but also others, like me, too.
    You are right; you really should re-evaluate your art. The thing that I was most surprised about during our meeting is that you don't seem to realise just how talented you actually are! I spent the entire day in awe!
    I think a book on travel sketching, written and illustrated by you, would be perfect! There are few books on sketching out there and I would be the first to buy it! (A signed copy of course! Lol!)

  11. congratulations! it truly feels good when we acomplish something! keep drawing!

  12. Congratulations on you first blogoversary! I started my blog about a year ago too, and have some of the same reflections as you about it. It has affected me and my art more than I ever anticipated (in a good way). Wow--165 posts--now that's impressive!!

  13. Congratulations on your first Blogoversary, Sue! It's great to see that your art growth exceeded your original expectations...well done! I'm a new-comer to your blog which I found by way of other blogger friends and I'm browsing back over your earlier posts as time permits. I hope we will continue to see many more posts on your wonderful art, photos and travels.

    Have a lovely weekend,
    Serena :)

  14. Thanks for sharing all your expectations and achievements over the year and am honoured to have been one of those UK artists you met up with. Sounds like you have got involved with so much more than creating an art blog and I admire that. Scared I won't have the time for such things as urban sketchers, flikr, sketch crawlers and every day matters with all my shows and events and now curating a show for NOVA group.
    Use this comment to say how much I enjoyed your post of the day's sketches in Colchester meeting up with yet another East Anglian artist. BTW I liked the wall and topiary sketch.

  15. @Krista - I use flickr for 2 reasons. First as storage for my better photos. Secondly, as some of the photo groups I belong to are only on flickr, so I have to upload them any way.

  16. Congratulations to your first anniversary, well done. I like reading and seeing what you have worked on, neat sketches. Congrats again !!!

  17. Congratulations! Love the sketches by the way =) They are really beautiful!

  18. Way to go!!! Congratulations, and happy drawing. nancy

  19. I'm a bit late with this message but I really hope you had a lovely 'bloggaversary'!!!! I always enjoy reading your posts, ant lack of comments from me simply reflects the limited amount of time I have online for fun stuff!
    Here's to another creative year for you :0)


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