A Year In Review

One year…one whole crazy, busy year ago, this Wednesday,  I took the big, scary step to press publish on my first WordPress post!  ‘My Mia’s Art’ is turning one on a very significant day in our calendar – 12/12/12.  How cool is that?

The realisation that I have maintained this blog for 12 months, writing on average once a week and also coming to the tail end of my Facebook 365 photo project without one missed photo,  has left me feeling very chuffed with myself…I set out with a plan in mind, some goals, thoughts, dreams and a whole lot of inner strength and determination that I didn’t even realise I had!

Its been quite a year…

17 completed paintings. (14 more than 2011)

Stand 11 - A year's work
Stand 11 – A year’s work

5 art prizes entered.  (4 more than 2011)

and I was involved in a large Art Expo at the University of Western Australia.

Mia Laing - mymiasart.com
Entry to the Black Swan Portrait prize
Mia Laing - mymiasart.com
Entry to The Perth Royal Show 2012

2 art prizes won.  (2 more than…EVER!)

Mia Laing - mymiasart.com
People’s Choice Prize Winner – Mosman Park Art Awards
Mia Laing - mymiasart.com
‘Girl’s Best Friend’ Winner – Animal Art Awards 2012

1 SOLD painting (A large painting with an equally large price tag!)

Mia Laing - My Mia's Art
‘Vintage Roses’

Hmmm….that ‘one’ lonely SOLD is a bit pathetic in print – but, that’s OK.  It’s been just my first year of getting my art into the public arena and I am as proud as punch that I have a SOLD on this list at all.

I’ve juggled creating this list in between my Mummy duties and luckily, the girls have survived!!  I think I’ve done an Ok job. The kids are always my priority, without a doubt,  but this year the girls have been able to see that their Mum is also a woman with goals and dreams and the right attitude to achieve them. Seeing me work to deadlines, make commitments and stick to them, push through the hard parts of making art and continue to educate myself with both my painting and photography has taught them more life skills than a clean house and perfectly ironed shirts could ever have!!  Yes, the house, garden and my social life have suffered but I will eventually find the perfect balance I hope!

We are about to start the long summer holidays here in Australia….8 weeks of freedom from school uniforms and lunch boxes and a forced rest from my painting studio…the holidays are all about family, some travel and an enormous amount of photo taking…watch this space!!

There are already some exciting plans in place for 2013…an ‘Invitation only’ art show in February; a restaurant that has approached me to hang my work for 2 months from March and quite a few art prizes scattered throughout the year.  I wont be painting from now until late January, then it will be all GO, GO, GO and sweat, sweat, sweat as I don’t have air con in my studio!!!

So, with a hip, hip hooray, I thank everyone who has taken the time to read my posts over the last 12 months and a huge thank you to the regular handful of commentors who have put fingers to keyboard…I appreciate your kind words and support as I have shared my journey.   Another enormous high-five to my Facebook followers…its been an amazing ride with you all cheering me on.

Many, many thanks,

Mia x

8 thoughts on “A Year In Review

  1. Russell b-Douglass December 10, 2012 — 11:55 am

    A wonderful year by a wonderful daughter!! we are all very proud of you.
    I wish I was able to help more, but that is life!!!
    Have a wonderful and Happy Christmas.
    Love from your most loyal follower.

    1. Thanks Dad! I know you and Jan and Mum are my most loyal supporters….I often have to remind myself that it’s not just you guys following!! Hope the travels are going well, lucky you!

  2. Congratulations on one year, Mia! It’s a big deal, even if the rest of the non-blogging world doesn’t quite get it (I know my own family and friends don’t haha). I can’t imagine blogging AND painting for a whole year so this is one big achievement. Here’s to another year of blogging! 🙂

    1. Thanks Lillian! Yep, my hubby doesn’t get it! Love my blog even if people look at you weirdly when you say you have one! Thanks for the kind wishes. Cheers to great years for both of us!

  3. Well done Mia! It has been wonderful to follow you for the past year and to rekindle our friendship. You are an amazing mum, artist, photographer and writer and you should be very proud of all your achievements! Vx

    1. Thank you so much Gin, such beautiful, kind words. Wishing you a great first year with your writing! X

  4. 12 months! Feels like yesterday that I enjoyed the first of your posts. Congratulations Mia on a wonderful year. Your blog has brought me much pleasure and I look forward to following you again in 2013!

    1. Thanks so much Penny! So, so glad you are enjoying it…great seeing you the other night. Hilarious, craziness! X

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