Summing up 2015

As much as I’m looking forward to 2016, it was truly eye-opening to look back at what I accomplished 2015. Wow!! It sure has been a productive year!

As for artwork made in 2015, I am now a 53 oil paintings and 9 pencil portraits more experienced artist than I was a year ago.

I trust the hours spent in the studio resulted in higher painting skills. For comparison, I counted the number of artwork I produced in 2014 to approximately 10 pieces. Imagine that, folks!

In 2015 I did my first Plein Air sessions, which proved to be the most fulfilling painting experienced in a looong time. Now I will only have to get my little butt out in the Finnish winter for some more extreme PA experiences – brrr!

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Ok, so this is not really what it looks like outside at the moment. But it did, a while ago. Now it’s just….cold and dark.

I took two workshops in 2015. The first one was a Portrait Workshop with my good old weekly oil painting teacher, Hasse Westergård. The second was a Plein Air Workshop instructed by the lovely American pastel artist Karen Margulis.

When it comes to exhibitions, I did 4 solo shows. I had only scheduled one of them, the other three just popped up like happy little breads in a toaster. In addition to the solo shows I also participated in 2 group shows.

I’ve published 62 blog posts in 2015. My blog is only a little more than a year old. When I first started I had no idea of what I was going to write about. A year ago I didn’t have the words to write anything about my art! That was actually the main reason I started this blog. Well, I do now.

I have learned so much by this blogging thing, and best of all, there is a whole bunch of readers out there. Many of you keep coming back and you keep writing sweet, smart and encouraging comments. Can’t thank you enough. You are all so precious to me – I want you to know that ❤

In addition to finding words for my paintings, which is invaluable in itself, I have learnt sososo much about marketing and social media. I’ve stumbled upon a great number of artist who I admire beyond words. By studying their work, I improve my own. Very inspirational! Pinterest is great for that.

Heidi Hjort in her studio
Easel selfie in my little studio corner 🙂

I started a Facebook page for my art in August this year. The name of my Facebook page is Heidi Hjort Artwork, I’d love to connect with you there too! I update my status several times a week, with more daily stuff than here.
Facebook page here >>

I started using Instagram only 8 weeks ago, so I’m a total newb there. But I already love it and I can see the potential it holds for artists.
Instagram here >>

In order not to wear you out completely with, dear readers, I will save my plans for 2016 to another blog post.

Now in the very last days of 2015, I encourage you to stop for a while and reflect over what you accomplished. I bet it’s a lot!

Now tell me, what was the most game changing thing you did/ learnt in 2015? Write in the comments.

Wishing you a Happy New Year!
Let’s hope it will be a good one, friend ❤

Heidi

 

 

 

The Classroom – Interior Oil Painting

"The Classroom" by Heidi Hjort | heidihjort.com
“The Classroom” by Heidi Hjort. Finland, 2015

This interior study was painted from life in the classroom of our local Art Club Ateljé Torni. I did the painting in one session, as our instructor was insisting on us NOT continue the work after the session was over.

Continuing from a reference photo would ruin the painting, she said. You will begin to adjust the colors according to the photo and that will destroy the freshness you got when observing the real thing. It will also remove the sense of presence that only a life study can bring into a painting.

So, I didn’t touch it after I got home, except for signing it several months after – heh, you know me 🙂 It’s still unsigned in the picture.

The reasons why I chose this corner of our classroom was:

  • The subtle color world. I wanted to explore what I could do with that, as I have been using PLENTY of color lately.
  • The objects in the window were begging my artist soul to be painted into my picture. It’s a concrete sculpture (hard to tell from the painting, I know) and a table easel.
  • The challenge of painting the window-recess.
  • The black objects, the chair and a bucket on a piedestal, as they would go well with the darkness outside the window and contrast nicely to all the pale surfaces.

Thanks for stopping by, friend. I wish you a wonderful week ahead!

Heidi