Monday, December 31, 2012

A review & resolutions.

My illustrations published for the novel True Vines

  Review of 2012

For 2012, I had 3 words to guide me: Focus, Vision, Produce. From those words I had 3 resolutions of which some were more successful than others.

1. To produce a minimum of one finished piece per month.
Yes. Looking in the folder on FB there are 15 drawings for 2012. I have also produced 6 published illustrations and two commissioned portraits. Yea me - my most productive year to date. Whilst I still prefer to draw buildings and landscapes I have enjoyed working on my portrait series: Festival Faces, of which the first one sold and is now hung in its Australian home.

2. To exhibit at least twice in the year.
hmmm... This didn't exactly work out as I thought as I didn't have any work in exhibitions. However, I did end up with work hung in 2 galleries.
Through the OSFA, I submitted a piece to an exhibition in September, however the exhibition has been delayed and so will be hung sometime in the new year.
3. Continue marketing myself.
Yes. Throughout the year I continued to blog, both on my site and blogger, tweet and keep my facebook page up to date. I distributed over 100 business cards throughout the year and I had a stall at a winter fair in order to get publicity here in Oman. Also, I was interviewed on the local radio and had newspaper articles on the of the sketching events I arranged.

 Surprises from 2012.
A lovely surprise was following an email from the author Diana Baur, I produced both the cover illustration and section illustrations for her novel True Vines.

Something else I didn't anticipate was to start illustrating for the online short story site The Story Shack. To date I have had 3 illustrations published with more due in 2013.

With some of the artists of the Ghalya's Museum's Wall Painting project
Finally, a lovely surprise was getting to participate in a 100 artist wall art collaboration, which tested my little used painting skills, and led me to work alongside both Omani and international artists.

Resolutions for 2013

2013 will see my art taking second place throughout the year. Following my month in Barcelona, my love for that city was renewed and my long-term goal is to move there. However, I'm not sure if financially I can do it within 2013. Like many artists I have to work to pay the bills and I also have a flat in Italy which as a partial renovation project needs work and money, so I have just secured a new job here in Oman with a better package. With the higher salary comes longer working hours, a necessary trade in order to reach my goal. The flat is for sale, if anyone is interested in a holiday home in the beautiful Pollino National Park, Calabria. Therefore, throughout 2013 my resolution and goal will be on getting my finances in order, so I can move to Barcelona as soon as possible.
Of course, my sketchbook will remain with me throughout 2013, I already have 2 commissions for drawings and further illustrations to do for The Story Shack. Also, I plan to go to the Urban Sketchers' 4th Symposium in July and... well who knows what other arty things will happen, but obviously my art passion will not be totally neglected. 

On a personal level, I resolve to eliminate but from my vocabulary and only focus on positive aspects. I also need to make sure I exercise throughout the year.


May you fill lots of sketchbooks, produce lots of art, and have many laughs, health & happiness in the forthcoming year.


  1. Great achievements Sue, wishing you all the best with your new ones. Happy New Year!

  2. It's great that you achieved so much in the past year, Sue. Focus on the positive is a good one for next year! Happy New Year!

  3. What a great 2012 you had Sue, achieving all your targets and ticking boxes. I just love to tick boxes. lol. It's been a joy and inspiration following you through 2012 (Hmmm, that makes me sound like a stalker). I wish you every success for 2013 and hope you achieve your goals again. Happy New Year!! ;-)

  4. Inspirational to read about your year, Sue...and your new year's resolutions! I too am looking to sort out my creative goals for the upcoming year, having looked into other ones in 2012;)

    Wishing you much happiness and creativity in the year ahead....

  5. I always hear about people's new year's resolutions but rarely do I hear about how the year went. I am impressed. I am not a candidate for the apartment you want to sell but share with us a link with more details. I am most curious.

    Good luck to you this year; I have heard great things about Barcelona!

  6. You've had a great year, full of successful works! I'm impressed by the quality of your portraits and by your constancy! ! I also wish you art, inspiration, laughs, health and happiness for the new year!

  7. It has been a true pleasure following your wonderful successes this year - all very well deserved. May your goals be achieved in 2013! Happy New Year!

  8. Thank you everyone. Happy New Year to you all.

  9. Hope this year is as good art wise as this year... the flat looks lovely!

  10. What a fabulous year 2012 has been for you! I wonder what's in store for 2013! :0)
    Happy New-Year!

  11. Congratulations on a very successful year, Sue!! (I guess I don't understand why you didn't think you were successful on number 2. Were you talking about One person shows??? Otherwise, I'd say you did it!!

    Sounds like your plans for 2013 are well thought out and will lead you where you want to go. I always find the most problem in knowing exactly "where" I want to go.

    Happy Happy Happy New Year!

  12. Wow! I am inspired!!! And I am excited because Diana's book is next on my purchase list and I can't wait to see your illustrations! Didn't know you were connected!

    Good luck with all your endeavors and thanks for the inspiration!

    Happy New Year!!!

  13. Sue, Happy b-late New Year. I hope you achieve your2013 resolution and hope to get to sketch/paint with you one day. Greeting from Thailand


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