Putting myself out there

If you had told the younger me (or in fact me a year ago) that I’d one day be sat in the middle of a shopping centre creating art for a portrait competition I would never have believed you! The thought would have been petrifying and enough to bring out all my insecurities. However last Sunday that is exactly what I did for Chelmsford Portrait Artist competition and do you know what it was intense and tiring but also not that bad!

There was two sitters and I was assigned the male sitter, we then had 4 hours to work on our portrait – with a few breaks… Ultimately I didn’t win but overall it was a positive experience, it was great to hear people talking positively about my work as well as asking questions or talking about how they like to draw/create too.

This year has been a breakthrough for me, I have felt more confident in my style and I suppose in some way realised I had finally developed one, as well as making improvements in my skill level. It has made me push myself to put myself out there more.

A few months ago I also participated in Art on The Railings in Southend which as it sounds participating artist showcase their work on the railings in a busy part of town, again it was great to hear feedback from people and I also sold two greeting cards with my french bulldog drawing.

What next? Well, I have a range of prints and greeting cards that I will be taking to sell at Chelmsford’s Etsy Made Local Christmas Market on 3rd December and then we shall see for 2018!


Unless you show people what you can do, they won’t know that you can do it!