A Look Back - 2017

The end of the year is a great time to take stock of accomplishments and experiences worth remembering. Here's a quick recap of 2017. Follow me on Instagram for more pics: https://www.instagram.com/macpetersart/

New Ventures

  • Public Shows

    From the Freedom Factory, to Artusiasm, Dirty Talk, and Kensington Market's Pedestrian Sunday, I spent a lot of time showing art this year. I tried to have something happening every month to keep it going strong. I met a lot of other artists, and had some great conversations.
  • Prints

    I finally got around to getting some art printed up - I have some giclee prints, stickers, buttons, and magnets. This went hand-in-hand with all the public showings - many people aren't out to buy new original art at one of those tradeshow style events, but they'll take a button or a print. It also makes for a more interesting, lightweight display.
  • Daily Drawing

    When I first started to draw, I drew all the time. Somewhere along the way, I must have lost interest. Not drawing has been hurting my art in every way, so I resolved to get back to drawing. The goal was to draw every day, and while I didn't manage that, exactly, I got pretty close.
  • Art As Prayer

    I took this workshop at COSM - led by Randal Roberts and Morgan Mandalla. They are both super awesome, down to earth people, and in the gentlest way possible, they pushed me. That workshop was a struggle that forced me to grow a lot - both as an artist, and as a person.

Projects

  • Feels Monsters

    I started the first one early in the year - a series of 30X30 paintings with one monster being the personification of a specific emotional state. They are meant to be bright, and cute, but also super relateable. This year I did 3 Feels Monsters: Eagerness, Bliss, and Stubborn Resentment.
  • Digital Vectors

    I started digifying some of my sketches, turning them into vector art. I've done a bit of vector art before, but not from a sketch. I discovered that the small and free but still very powerful Inkscape has the ability to trace a bitmap image, which is fantastic.
Eagerness by Macpeters

Paintings

  • Mushroom Dude
  • Eagerness
  • Bliss
  • Stubborn Resentment
  • Shpongle - Dancing with the Universe
  • Cracking Under the Pressure
  • Masked Fear
  • Mischief
  • Magic Mushroom (mural)
  • Super Friends (skateboard deck)
  • Gratitude
  • Octo-buddy (mural)
  • Star Bird
  • Love Bird
  • Monsterball
  • Fascination