Capturing the world with Photography, Painting and Drawing

Making plans and getting projects ready for 2017

Abstract Sunset Nigel Borrington

Abstract Sunset
Nigel Borrington

So then πŸ™‚ , this is my first blog post of 2017 – Happy belated New year to everyone πŸ™‚

We returned home to Ireland a couple of days ago , following a wonderful Christmas spent with my sister and family in Manchester. It was a great time catching up sharing time, out side walking and visiting museums and art galleries, talking lots and watching the odd movie or two.


Today I spent sometime organizing my studio room and then shopping, I needed to get some new art supplies , including paint, brushes and sketch pads. Towards the end of last year I worked mainly with digital media for both photography and art work, however in 2017 I want to add real media including pencils , charcoal and acrylic paint to my work.

I am approaching this year in the form of a set of projects that I want to work on and complete by the end of the year. My main aim is to spend as much time as possible developing real skills and end up with a developed portfolio of work that records all the small steps involved with anything I do.

I feel strongly that art of all forms (including photography, drawing and painting) is a skill that involves development. This development needs in some way to be captured/recorded so that you can look back on the steps taken.

So I hope to find a method to record my year ahead, in the form of recorded steps that involve (notebooks, sketches, photos, poems, painting etc…) that all in all build towards finished works.

Above all I am looking forward very much to just getting going and being on a path again πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Some work from 2016 …..

Two fishing boat Keem Strand Achill  Island County Mayo

Two fishing boat
Keem Strand
Achill Island
County Mayo

19 responses

  1. I agree and think you found a wonderful way to keep track of progress. I have encouraged my daughter to start painting again and she loves it. I can already see her progress. I love your painting and how you are embracing more of it! Happy New Year my friend! πŸ™‚

    January 4, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    • πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ , she is very lucky to have you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      January 4, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      • AWE thank you! I’ve always drawn and painted and do that for a living graphically anyway so it was nice for her to realize she can paint and she loves it so that is a good feeling! πŸ™‚ Keep up the good work. πŸ˜€

        January 4, 2017 at 6:07 pm

  2. Happy Belated to you as well, Nigel. Hope you and yours had an outstanding holiday season!

    January 4, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    • Hi GP πŸ™‚

      Thank you and the same for you and yours πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      January 9, 2017 at 2:09 pm

  3. Happy New Year, Nigel, and great to have you back with such enthusiasm. Looking forward to seeing how your projects unfold in 2017.

    January 4, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    • Hi πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , I hope you have a great 2017 yourself πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      January 9, 2017 at 2:09 pm

  4. Happy New Year, Nigel, looking forward to seeing more of your work this year. I love your sunset painting, the colours are so striking.

    January 4, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    • Hi joan πŸ™‚

      Thank you , some to yourself πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      January 9, 2017 at 2:11 pm

  5. Happy New Year and all the best on your fresh new path. Look forward to your sharing with us along the way. Blessings!

    January 4, 2017 at 10:34 pm

  6. Happy New Year, Nigel! I love your painting and can’t wait to see what you create in the coming months.

    January 5, 2017 at 12:14 am

    • Hi Elen πŸ™‚

      I hope this year is a great one for you !!!! πŸ™‚

      January 9, 2017 at 2:12 pm

  7. Happy 2017. Good luck on the new projects.

    January 5, 2017 at 3:28 am

    • Hello Arlene πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , I hope you have a great 2017

      January 9, 2017 at 2:12 pm

  8. Well Happy New Year Nigel from me here in Manchester also. Good luck with your projects. I like to hear of positive plans. I should really make some myself but I doubt they will be as adventurous as yours.

    January 5, 2017 at 11:32 am

    • Hello Elaine πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      I hope you have a great and very creative 2017 πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      I miss Manchester – love it here but love home so very much πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      January 9, 2017 at 2:14 pm

  9. Happy new year to you too. I look forward to seeing your paintings throughout the year . I too have tidied my studio and hope to progress with my oil paintings and their development – lots of plans afoot – all I have to do now is get going πŸ™‚ Good luck with the painting and drawing too!

    January 10, 2017 at 10:05 pm

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