|“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”Franklin D. Roosevelt|
Life has been incredibly busy these past few weeks, so much so that my blog writing has fallen to the wayside.
The Agapanthus commission for the de Jager Bulb company has been by far the most challenging painting that I have ever painted. Getting it finished within the deadline meant that I have been spending long hours at my easel!
|Painting long into the evenings. Thank goodness for Daylight lamps and coffee!|
I will be writing about my “Agapantha-marathon” in more detail in my next blogpost, but there has been a flurry of good news recently, so here’s a quick update!
I’m delighted to say that I’ve been offered two great teaching jobs for 2016, both of which are distance learning.
The first is as a tutor for the Society of Botanical Artists Distance Learning Diploma Course. I will be teaching the vellum module on Course 13.
I’m immensely proud of this because this is the very course that I undertook to become a botanical artist. I can vividly recall feeling excited but nervous when I was accepted onto the course in 2010. It was therefore quite surreal to find myself sitting at a table with the very people who had taught me, in the rather grand settings of the Art Workers’ Guild in London.
They are an inspiring and accomplished group of artists, so it’s a huge honour to be accepted by them. If I can give my students even half of the encouragement and wisdom that these tutors gave me, I will have achieved a lot.
No trip to London is complete without a party, and I was delighted that my trip also coincided with the SBA Christmas Lunch! It was fantastic to catch up with good friends and the food was delicious. I was really pleased to meet Dr Shirley Sherwood at the lunch. It was her gallery at Kew that first inspired me to consider becoming a botanical artist. Christmas came early to those in attendance, and we all left clutching goodie bags of Daniel Smith Paints and Ampersand panels.
I am looking forward to playing with my new toys!
|Lunch with Katherine Tyrrell (Making a Mark blog) and Julie Whelan|
My second teaching position is with London Art College, which offers an online tuition course. I flew over to meet the team last month and was very warmly welcomed. They are all so friendly and so knowledgeable, so I’m excited to be part of the LAC family!
Back home, I’ve started studying a Certificate Course in Digital Marketing at Dublin Business School, with a view to the online art market. It’s been fascinating to get an insight to the world of Social Media Marketing. I’m now fully convinced that it’s the perfect platform for professional artists, and will be writing a few blog posts about the different tools available to promote art online.
|My Facebook Page- https://www.facebook.com/shevaundohertyart/|
The first step is to actually get online and to be consistent in your postings, so I’ve recently set up accounts for Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn and have been posting regularly to these.
I’ve also been paying more attention to my Facebook Page which now has 1752 Likes!
My Instagram Account https://www.instagram.com/shevaundohertyartist/
Being more active on social media is already beginning to reap the rewards. I was very happy to be contacted by Stillman & Birn CEO Michael Kalman last week, and asked if I would be a feature artist on their blog and social media platforms. Of course I said yes!
|Daffodil Days in a Stillman & Birn Sketchbook http://www.stillmanandbirn.com/blog/?p=1991|
I’m a huge fan of their sketchbooks and had been looking for the perfect one for botanical painting for a long time, so was delighted when their zeta range came out. I like how you can do a double page spread across the fold quite easily, and how the paper takes the paint really beautifully, giving crisp, clear colours and no buckling pages.
The Stillman & Birn sketchbook was the one chosen for the sketchbook exchange last year. I painted this daffodil page for my friend Julie Douglas.
Readers in the UK and Ireland can buy the sketchbook through Jackson’s Art.
|Some of my work will be featured in this great book by Cathy Johnson. You can order the book here|
And whilst we are on the subject of sketching, I’m delighted to say some of my work will be featured in a new book written by the wonderful Cathy Johnson.
For years, I have been a huge fan of Cathy’s artwork and learned a huge amount about painting from her Art-Tips. Looking at the list of incredible artists whose work also features in the book, I’m completely honoured to have my work included. I’m sure the book will be a huge success.
And finally, I’m delighted to share this article which appeared in the Sunday Business Post today about my artwork! It’s put a huge beaming smile on my face and a bounce in my step! http://www.businesspost.ie/shevaun-dohertys-botanical-art-is-not-for-the-faint-hearted/
There are also a couple of very exciting plans in the pipeline which I can’t yet reveal, except to say that work has finally begun on my website at last!
I’ll be back with an Agapanthus Update very soon.