Today marks one year since I started sharing my art on Instagram! I can't believe how quickly the time has gone and how dramatically my art has changed and grown. When I started out, I was painting as part of a visual journal I was keeping. Originally the writing was every bit as important as the illustrations I added. But I quickly realized the painting was where my heart was, and it transformed from journal to sketchbook. Soon I was going through sheets of paper by the hundreds.
I fully credit my growth this past year to the amazingly supportive community on Instagram (and my incredible husband). They have been so encouraging and helpful, and sharing my art with them has brought me so much surprising joy. It also drives me to paint and post every day, which has made all the difference in my art. I'm so excited by the work I've been able to produce, especially in the last few months. I never dreamed my silly little journal and doodle-filled lists would get me here.
It's exciting to know that I have a long way to go, and that illustrating will be a part of the rest of my life. I feel like I'm just getting started! I thought I'd have much more to say about this big day, but all I can think to say is thank you, thank you, thank you. I love sharing my art with you wonderful, beautiful people. Here's to another year full of silly characters, donuts, apples, and lots of lists!