Friday, January 1, 2016

Thank you for a Supportive Year!

I just wanted to say Happy New Year and thanks for all of your support this past year!  2015 was tough.  Thank the Lord for his guidance.  Moving house is hard enough but moving to a new state is crazy.  My art journal was a safe place to express myself. I'm getting better at figuring out when I should push through a hard painting and when it's time to cover it up with gesso!

In the new year, I want to waste less time worrying about what everybody else is doing and just do me!  I've already started planning a lot more (and I mean setting realistic goals).

The other day I showed up 1 hour early to work by accident.  Can you believe I missed out on 30 more minutes of painting?!?  I was so wrapped up in my projects I must have mistook the time.  I thought to myself in a few years I won't have this problem because I'll be a full-time artist LOL!!!

My goals for the new year: 
  • Create more online classes.  I have a painting class in development right now.
  • Cut back on french fries (not completely though are you crazy)!
  • Make a Facebook page for my artwork. 
  • Post more YouTube videos.
  • Find a local art group to join.
  • Take a photography class downtown.

Here are a few of my fav art journal pages from 2015.

Dec 2015 - Waiting Room - Sometimes I'm not going or coming, I'm just here. Waiting for the next step.

Jan 2015 - Jar Study

 Jan 2015 - Seeing Beauty

Apr 2015 - Hummingbird

Aug 2015 - Journal Girls

Nov 2015 - Art is Home for Me

Nov 2015 - Awakening

What are your goals for 2016?  Are there any painting or art journaling techniques you would like to learn from me in 2016?  I'm still coming up with classes and I'd love your feedback in the comments below!  


  1. I don't think I've ever checked in on you but what wonderful pages! Great goals! Happy New Year!

  2. Your females are all so beautiful with different expressions, and angles! I really like all of the coloured layers in the background of your first painting!

    I also like how you use your journal to try new techniques and use it as a to of reflection! I like how you rely on your own abilities and not use a bunch of other peoples' stuff!

    I wish you an art filled year full of love, peace, happiness, great health and success!

    Thanks for sharing your art!

    1. Renee, love your name! Thanks so much I wish you the same!

  3. Love your art, it is expressive and interesting. Super quote of art.
    Wishing you happy and healthy year 2016 ♥

  4. I am just in awe. I LOVE these beautiful faces, and was taken by that wonderful blue jay painting. There's a blue jay who frequents my bird feeder who's name is "Fluffy." This painting looks a LOT like him. LOL Happy New year, my talented Friend!

    1. Hi Beth, I love birds so much! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Super art and all the best with your goals. I want to move to drawing more figures and also use up a load of canvases I have been hoarding. Happy PPF and new year too.

  6. Beautiful pages and artwork. So creative. Wishing you a wonderful 2016!

  7. Oh these are so beautiful. I love how full of love they are!

  8. Good for your Danielle,those are very realistic doable goals! Online classes are so popular if you keep the price reasonable you can go for volume on students!! Love your beautiful artwork. Happy New Years to you !!

    Hugs Giggles

  9. Really beautiful journal girls! Love the hair and features. Good luck in 2016 and getting the hang of your new state!

  10. Stunning artwok!
    Wishing you all the best for 2016
    Gill x

  11. I think you will be successful with your goals Danielle, they all seem do-able.
    You've created so many beautiful pieces of art here and I know how the time can just get lost when you are creating. I think that's why I love painting.
    Good Luck and I wish you all the best for 2016! ;D

  12. So many beautiful pages .... And that are some great goals for the new year! Go for it! Wishing you lots of happiness, creativity and good health!

  13. Congratulations on the move. My goal is to be a full-time artist. I'll work towards it each day. All the best to you and your work continues to inspire me.

  14. Great art and wonderful goals. I love your work and wish you all you dream of in 2016. I hope this is a creatively satisfying year for you. xx

  15. Really lovely artwork, Danielle. Beautiful year. Here's to a new creative year. xx

  16. Wonderful to see so much of your beautiful artwork in one place... great goals, and I look forward to following their fulfilment! I hope 2016 is a great year for you.
    Alison x