Recap of 2015 and Goals for 2016

I can’t even believe that 2015 is wrapping up. Where did it go?

Beginning a painting of poppies
The beginning of a painting of poppies

2015 was a big year for me: I traveled a lot for my “real” job, I squeezed in a vacation to Hawaii, and to wrap up the year, I bought my first house! It was fun and exciting and busy to say the least! With all this, painting was totally the forgotten middle child.

Adding colour to the flowers and leaves
Adding colour to the flowers and leaves

Some stats from my website for 2015 that prove that painting was totally neglected this year:

Clearly the stats show that I am putting in much less effort, work, and time into my art and accompanying blog since I had very few new paintings and blog posts last year. Interestingly enough though, my range has increased since I went from reaching 96 countries in 2013, to 112 in 2014 to 121 in 2015. I’ve also sold a lot of prints on Etsy which is something I’ve never done much of before.

Everything is blooming
Everything is blooming

Looking back at 2015, I notice that I only did commissioned paintings. I basically just waited for someone to call me and ask me to paint them something specific. I didn’t do any of my own paintings where I channeled my own creative ideas – I let others tell me what inspires them. On one hand, I’m really proud that I have built up enough of a following that I can do this – previously no one was knocking on my door and throwing money at me in exchange for personalized paintings. However, I’m also a little sad when I look back on the year and don’t see any reference to 2015 hanging on my own walls. It’s like the year never happened. I have several 2013 and 2014 paintings that I have held onto but 2015 is just a ghost year in my painting history.

The end is near
The end is near

2016 is going to be different. I’m realistic enough to know not to expect miracles, so I am going to set the goal of completing only 3 paintings of my own and continuing to take commissions (however many come my way). Realistically, my full-time “real job” (engineer/consultant, that is completely unrelated to painting) keeps me plenty busy and also fulfilled as I truly do love it so I don’t ever intend on making painting a full time gig, but it certainly can (and should) take up more of my time than Netflix watching does.

36"x24" - Acrylic on Canvas
Completed – 36″x24″ – Acrylic on Canvas

I have already identified my painting room in my new house – it is big, with lots of light and it’s going to be great. And now that I have shared this goal with the interwebs, I feel accountable. So look forward to some original paintings coming out of Agata’s Art Corner in 2016.

Displayed in the living room
Displayed in the living room

Happy New Year to you all and thank you for reading!

Side view
Side view

What are some of your goals for 2016? Art and non-art related. Please share in the comments 🙂 

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Gift Giving Made Easy

As many of you know, I’ve been a “professional student” for the last 7.5 years which didn’t exactly leave me with much of a disposable income. When it comes to gift giving, it’s almost inevitable that I am going to paint you something. Luckily, my friends and family seem to prefer this to store bought gifts anyways, so it seems to work out (or at least that’s what they tell me haha).

My mom’s 50th birthday was December 1st, and leading up to it, she gave me her wish list.

She wanted this painting.
She wanted this painting.

But MUCH bigger.

Okay, great, I can do that.

Ta Da! Is 30x40" big enough for you?
Ta Da! Is 30×40″ big enough for you?

To put it in perspective, here it is relative to me. Clearly, it is MUCH bigger than the original 16×20″ that I’m holding in the earlier picture.

Please pardon the terrible lighting...
Please pardon the terrible glare from the lighting…

Luckily, my mom seemed to love it, and she also had a wonderful night celebrating her 50th birthday.

And here it is proudly displayed in its new home
And here it is proudly displayed in its new home
And here it is again. Just because. I kind of really like all the colors.
And here it is again. Just because. I kind of really like all the colors.

 

Do you prefer store bought or homemade gifts? I personally LOVE anything homemade. I genuinely look forward to receiving cards more than gifts since they’re usually the only personalized part of a gift (assuming the person took the time to get one and actually write something meaningful in it). In fact, if you’ve ever given me a card and wrote more than just your name in it, I probably still have it 🙂 

Are you done your holiday shopping yet? If not, be sure to check out my online store of original paintings and prints, or contact me for a commissioned painting. There isn’t much time left, but I’m all done school now (FOREVER!) so I’ve got plenty of time to make something special for you 🙂 

 

 

 

Merry (super belated) Christmas/Happy Birthday

I started this painting back in December and it was supposed to be a Christmas gift for my brother and his girlfriend. A couple of days before Christmas, I knew it wasn’t going to happen so I abandoned it and just bought them something instead. After the holidays, I left to go back to Ottawa, and the canvas stayed behind in London.

Over 4 months later, I’m back in London, and this canvas was staring at me.

Background

Conveniently, it was my brother’s birthday on April 16th, so I figured this was the perfect opportunity to finish it up. I had only completed the background back in December so started by drawing some circles. Notice how they’re all so nice and symmetric? Clearly not done freehand. Nope. I used a lampshade, the lid from some body butter, and the lid from a paint container. I’m quite resourceful, no?

More circles
More circles

I added some more circles, and then some streaks throughout the background, and before I knew it, I had a finished painting.

24x36" - Abstract Circles
24×36″ – Abstract Circles
Side View
Side View

If I made this look really easy, then that’s because it was. You should try it! Painting is not as complicated as most people imagine it to be. So next time you need a gift for someone who already has everything, try painting something for them. And if you do, and you feel like e-mailing me a picture, I’d be happy to post it on the blog. [agatasartcorner@hotmail.com]

Here it is hanging it their living room
Here it is hanging in their living room

Go. Paint. NOW. I’m off to do the same. Now that school is donzo, I’ve got plenty of time to dabble with a paint brush or two. I’ve got many many paintings on the go, and I’m really looking forward to blogging more regularly again and sharing my work with you.

And Happy 27th Birthday to my brother Maciek!!!

Merry Christmas Mom

Happy Monday friends!

Thank you to everyone who commented on the last post, whether on here or by text, Facebook, or e-mail. I absolutely love hearing your feedback.

If today is your first day back to work or school after a long break, than I wish you all the best. I head back to classes today, although lucky me, I only have one (Mechanical Vibration Analysis… sounds riveting, doesn’t it?!) since labs and tutorials don’t start until next week. This is also my last full semester of classes at the University of Ottawa so I’m excited to get it going and finally be one step closer to graduating.

As excited as I am to be back in Ottawa, I miss these people. - Family on Christmas Eve 2012
As excited as I am to be back in Ottawa, I miss these people. – Family on Christmas Eve 2012

Now back to Christmas gifts.

My mom and I have very different taste in art and decorating. She loves flowers (poppies specifically) and abstract art, whereas I pretty much like everything but those two things. However, when it comes to gifts, you have to know your audience, right? Right.

So for one of her Christmas presents, I combined those two things. She wanted something that could hang in their dining room, so I took a quick look at the color scheme there to make sure it would all match, and came out with these paintings.

The finished paintings. Acrylic on six 8x10" canvases.
The finished paintings. Acrylic on six 8×10″ canvases.

I realize there are no poppies in these paintings, but if you’ve seen their Living Room, you would know why. That avenue has already been entirely exhausted! There is no more room for poppies in that house!

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The paintings hung in the dining room. They kind of match the place mats.
The paintings hung in the dining room. They even kind of match the place mats.

I have one more Christmas gift posting coming up for you guys in a few days, and then finally moving on to paintings of 2013. I’m pretty excited for the new year. I’ve got some great ideas for new paintings. Since I’ve been painting so much lately, my confidence has grown tremendously and I feel comfortable trying new things. Check back often to see what I come up with 😉

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