Giveaway! Life Book 2022

Hey lovely art friends, I’m so excited to be part of Life Book 2022! This will be my fourth year teaching on Life Book and it’s one of the highlights of my year. I put a lot into my lessons, and it’s so gratifying to see you all learning and enjoying the creativity and of course the beautiful work!

Early registration is open, so if you already know you’ll be joining us for the full course, use code ARTJOY30 for a very special 30% early bird discount when you sign up.

For now, I’m here to tell you I am giving away ONE FREE SPOT on Life Book 2022!

To enter the giveaway please do the following 2 things:

1. Click the link to the Life Book registration page and bookmark it

2. Leave a comment below

The winner will be picked on 10 October and will be contacted via email.

*Links in this post are affiliate links, which supports me & helps me provide for my family at no extra cost to you. I appreciate it so much when you decide to sign up via one of my links, thank you!

PS I purposefully decided against requiring you to follow me or sign up to anything for this giveaway, because I want that to be your own choice. If you are new here and think you might like to follow my art and creative journey, I invite you to check out my Instagram and/or sign up to my newsletter.

UPDATE 10-Oct: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED! The winner of the giveaway is Natasha “I would love to win a spot! I’m a beginner artist and am still exploring different mediums; this would be perfect to help me find my style!” who was randomly selected from all entries, and she has been contacted via email


Are You a Beginner Artist?

Are you a beginner artist? So was I. Still am, in lots of ways.

**TL;DR It’s a journey, a beautiful, messy and painful journey. It’s worth it in the end, because you’re making YOUR art. **

? I wrote this in the Life Book taster group and thought I’d share it here too:

I’ve been reading the posts in here, and seeing the anguish some of you are going through, especially when confronted with the beautiful art, the skilled art, the art of those who have been creating for many years. Every time I read someone express their frustration, impatience, disappointment with their own art, or their own potential art (especially when comparing to others – and sure, you know you’re not supposed to, but as a beginner (or maybe just as a human), how could you not?!) my heart hurts, and I sympathise, because I’ve been there. That was me in the past. And when I’m not being mindful and staying on my own path: that still sometimes is me in the present.

So I wanted to share this little collage with you. Not just showing you one of my first creations and one of my latest (like a way of saying “look, I was terrible then, but I’m good now!”), but also the ones in the middle. They show a very specific journey. A journey that was mostly this long because I didn’t make any art for many many years in the middle, because I was too scared. I let my “Gap” be very long. (Referencing an Ira Glass quote about beginners disliking their own art)

2007 – One of my first creations. Inspired by other artists drawing whimsical girls and doing mixed media. I love this now, but at the time I just had an overwhelming feeling of it being not good enough. I felt like I was striving for some unattainable ideal. That awe that I felt when I saw other people’s art, art that I felt was “good”, unlike my own. It was that feeling that made me leave weeks, months, years between creative sessions. It felt terrible, I felt terrible.

2013 – I took Life Book and realised I could make pretty art! In the past I always thought that once I could make art I was happy with I’d have it made! I imagined I’d be so pleased with myself, and then I’d be creating ALL THE TIME. But I wasn’t…

2016 – My art slowly morphed, I definitely made a lot more art (there was no longer the obstacle of not liking my art – but the motivation could still often be lacking for weeks or months at a time) and I started developing my own style. I realised though that I was still holding on to an ideal, it was an amalgamation between wanting to make pretty things, wishing my art could look like other popular artists’ art, wanting to be liked, wanting my art to be liked (oh the curse of social media and those ‘likes’!) and fear of anything that didn’t quite fit into that.

2021 – I don’t remember exactly when it was, but at a certain point (or perhaps more truthfully, this wasn’t a specific ‘point’, it was a gradual process that feels like ‘a point’ when looking back, but wasn’t as clear cut or simple when I was going through it) I said “*bleep* it, I want to express myself, embrace imperfection and JUST CREATE”. Which is how I ended up with my raw, quirky, emotional, asymmetrical and unique art & style. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s MINE, and it’s exactly what I want to be expressing at this moment in time. It’s kind of priceless to be honest.

So all of this to say: it’s a process, a journey. Maybe there is no one defining ‘aha’ moment, but if you dare to move forward and create art, you’ll find the journey is made up of so many aha moments, and you’ll get closer and closer to ‘your art’, which is the only art that matters.

PS full disclosure: I still struggle, I still get doubts, I still compare myself, I still get envious, I still don’t always feel good enough. In spite of all that, I create.

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