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December – looking back, and looking ahead!

Posted by Koosje Koene in ArtJournal on December 20, 2017

Look at the stuff you made.

December isn’t just about the holidays and festivities. It’s also the time to look back on the past year (it flew by!) and to take a look at what you’ve accomplished. Maybe you filled a sketchbook. Maybe you made a drawing every month, every week, every day. Or you started a fun creative project you always wanted to do. Or you finished one… whatever it is, it is worth to take the time to look at all the stuff you made in 2017!
All the creativity – all done by YOU- is very inspiring.
Sure you can spend hours on Instagram and Pinterest to get inspired by what others have made. But don’t forget about how you yourself, are an important source of inspiration!

I’ve started a creativity assessment list. I am just listing everything I’ve done as an artist and as an entrepreneur. I’m still adding things, and starting this list made me realize how much stuff you can get done if you focus on it, believe in your ideas, and if you’re committing to the things that are really important to you.

Do you have a few minutes?

A big part of my 2017 list has been about Sketchbook Skool. As the headmistress, I am fully committed and very happy with how the skool has developed since we started it 4 years ago.

You might enjoy this video I made with my business partner Danny, where we are looking back at 2017, and looking ahead what’s coming in 2018!

Take a little bit of time and look at your accomplishments – big and small. You’ll be amazed and inspired.

And don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it.

Koosje Koene

Hi I'm Koosje. I'm an illustrator and art teacher in Amsterdam, where I was born and raised. I went to school to study graphic design, then worked for ten years as an award-winning professional photographer. But eventually my love of drawing and painting took over and I became an illustrator. My illustrations have been published in many Dutch magazines and in 2011, I began blogging and started developing and teaching online art classes. In 2014 I founded Sketchbook Skool, which is a flourishing community of artists from around the world of all skill levels.