art journey

Last Post of 2018!

It's finally that time if year in which we look back at the previous 12 months and contemplate our successes and shortcomings, make resolutions for the next year, and generally reminisce about all that was with ranking lists! I'm totally someone who gets caught up with holidays and New Years is no different! That all said, please enjoy this last post of 2018! :)Instagram best 9 of 2018!This year has been one of my more productive years with art from both a creative and business standpoint. My website has always been a problem for me as I'm a beginner with web design. However, thanks to the vast wealth of knowledge on the internet, I was able to figure out how to add an online shop and get everything looking professional! My website has always been a time sink for me in the past, so getting up to where I just need to maintain it has been a huge help.Along with getting my website designed, I've also tried to be better about regularly posting blogs and updating social media. I miss the conversations art created with fan and onlookers when I did comic conventions, and social media is a great way to continue experiencing that while still sharing my work with the world.I admit, I started out stronger than I ended this year - the holidays are busy times! However, it just makes me want to resolve (hehe) to do better in the coming year.Production wise, I can never make enough art to satiate myself as an artist. Though this year I was able to make more than I have in prior years. I was even able to try out and learn new methods and techniques. Best of all, was how I was able to use some of my work to highligh great charities and organizations like Cherished Tails Senior Sanctuary and Ammie's Farm Animal Sanctuary. I don't believe art always has to have some deeper meaning, but I love being able to bring positivity into the world regardless of the subject matter.The biggest problem I had this year with making art was consistency. I would do really good making a number of pieces and then get burnt out and do nothing major for a month. I also can't seem to find the magic balance of my day job and my art career. Sometimes the burn out of my office job spills over into my personal life leaving me artistically anemic.One exciting highlight of this year was getting to participate in a pop-up art gallery! It has been a while since I last did an art show, so I was really nervous about it. However, it turned out well and I even got invited back for their February show!This year has very much felt like the door opening for better things to come, and I hope that next year is like stepping into a beautiful garden with new opportunities blooming like spring flowers. As loft as that sounds, it will require a lot of hard work and effort on my part for sure! Which brings me to...NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS! :DMy goals for 2019:

  • Post a weekly blog covering random artist topics, thoughts, and tutorials.
  • Create additional content for my Youtube channel that goes beyond just time-lapse videos.
  • Create at least one new major work a month.
  • Complete the various series I've started.
  • Have fun. :)

Even now, in 2018, I'm trying to get into the habits that will lead me to be successful in the new year. This blog entrt is a part of that too! Making sure to make time for things will no doubt be a constant struggle for me, but I'll do my best.Aside from completing the several series I started, I also have a few new projects in the works. I don't want to guve away what they are just yet, but please look forward to them! :)And to close out this blog and this year, I wish you all the very best going forward! As always, I am beyond grateful, appreciative, and thankful to have the support of everyone cheering for me as I make my artist's journey. The hardest thing I'll ever do, is have a dream to pursue.Until next year!Forever hopeful,- Sam :)

Social Media and Me

Last week I wrote about my online comeback, so this week I thought it might be neat to share the social media side of that. The online hustle with social media is real! It may seem like it's easy and no real effort is needed, but it's very much the opposite. I actually put a lot of thought and effort into every post and upload. I'm still a social media nobody, and it can be frustrating to put so much effort into something hardly anyone sees. But hey, Rome wasn't built in a day! :)Currently, you can find me on facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Twitter. I used to be on more platforms, but it got to much for little ol' me to manage. I was starting to spend more time posting than I was creating artwork. The quality of my content started to suffer for it too, so earlier in the year I thinned the herd down to the four sites listed above.Of the social media hangouts I use, Instagram is my favourite. As a visual artist and photographer it's perfect for the content I create. Each photo I post is always carefully composed. It can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour for me to snap a photo, process it (I like to use Lightroom), and pen a decent caption for it. It definitely takes a lot of time and effort on my part, but I like how it forces me to practice my photography, photo editing, and writing skills.I always say that being an artist today is so much more, and it's so true! Ever since I stared this journey, I've had to become a jack-of-all trades - though I do hope to master art someday! :)The only real downside to Instagram are the evil algorithms thay hide your posts. If I don't post at the right time, very few will see my photo and it will be lost to obscurity. I also got shadow banned once! Nothing I post is ever inappropriate or controversial, yet my branded hashtag #samanthavioletteart got blocked and all my photos with it, hidden. There wasn't any way to deal with it either, so I no longer use my own made up hashtag. :(I find Twitter is the most easy going of the bunch. Unlike the others, I can post all kinds of stuff, not just my art. I still think a lot about what I type when I make a post though. Even with the more relaxed atmosphere, I still take too long between starting a post and hitting send. I hope that my thoughts and personality come through my posts and help fans of my art understand the meaning and emotion behind my fine art pieces.My Youtube channel is the most difficult for me to deal with, but I try! I've been teaching myself how to use Premiere Pro and with each video I make I get a little better and faster at it. I hope to do talking videos in the future, but I admit, I get so nervous in front of the camera! I'm horribly self conscious, but I hope with practical practice I can get over that.Time-lapse/speed painting videos, however, are fun to put together. I'm still an editing novice though, so these videos can take a day or two for me to make. I usually have around 30 hours of footage to go through, along with adding music, text, and any commentary. It's crazy how much time it takes to make a five minute time-lapse, but I think the results are worth it. When I draw and paint, I don't consciously think about what I'm doing, so to see my pieces come together as an observer is pretty cool.Lastly is Facebook. I'll be honest, it's not my favourite social media spot, but it's where a lot of my O.G. fans from my MySpace and comic-con days are. These people gave me the support and courage I needed to open myself to online criticism and opinion. Not everyone is going to like what you make, but some people feel they really need to drive that point home in a non-constructive way.It's so easy to look at famous online personalities and think, "there's nothing to it!" In reality though, it's actually takes a lot of planning and effort. I'm still such a newbie at it, but I'm doing my best to muddle through it amd most importantly I don't give up when those likes don't roll in or no one comments on a post I spent hours making.Anything majorly important and grande is going to have a big build up. It's going to take patience and hardwork to build a solid foundation, which is my advice to anyone starting their own journey, art related or not. Don't give up on your dreams if they are slow to get started. Be the tortoise, not the hare!Cheers to your dreams and mine!- SamP.S. See ya on social media! 😉