Um, wow. Feeling so conflicted today. I mean, 2015 was probably the longest year of my life so far. And while I'm ready for some new energy, it's bittersweet to put this year behind me. There's SO MUCH I want to say, but there are plenty of other blogs for that, so here are my TOP TWENTY Pinnacle Moments Of 2015.
- I pulled screenprinted posters in my studio for the first time with the help of Alex Carlson.
- I surpassed 1000 followers on my main Instagram account. (thanks!)
- I launched my new portfolio website Bamcatart.com with accompanying shop Bamcatshop.com in November, a massive undertaking!!
- Allison Bamcat became a registered business through the state of Massachusetts. (Already started my taxes, ughh...)
- Created my largest painting to date, 36" x 226" on cradled wood. It was so heavy to work on, and it took over 60 hours!
- I was invited for the first time to demo gouache for MassArt Illustration students. So grateful for the opportunity from instructor and fellow illustrator Abe Tena!
- Wandered around Pow! Wow! Long Beach in the summer with friend&artist&designer Jillian Evelyn, attended artist Nychos' screening of The Deepest Depths of the Burrow, hung out at LBMA's Vitality & Verve exhibit with David "Bonethrower" Cook, and attended Jeff Soto's opening at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles.
- Created my little fat rainbow logo.
- Showed paintings at 9 venues across the US, made appearances on several blogs, and showcased my handmade goods at 5 events including SOWA Boston's Chrismukkah market.
- Traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the first time to premier 4 of my paintings at The Stranger Factory's annual exhibition Bewitching. (Went on the Breaking Bad tour too!)
- Started and finished watching X-Files from the beginning.
- Bought a Singer Fashionista S800 to step up my sewing game and mastered several hand-designed patterns.
- Went from lifting 50lb barbells to 115+! (Want to hit 200 in 2016!)
- Masterfully designed my own invoice sheets, inventory spreadsheets, product lineart, mailing lists, vendor reference sheets and tax-organization documents because I hate having fun.
- Agreed to do my first mural at a local business in the spring of 2016!
- Moved offices at work and changed up my commute. Got a better bike and a new car!
- Launched Bamcat Handmade and created a separate feed for my Instagram posts.
- Started a Daily Gratitude journal and began meditating daily.
- Took an oil-painting class and hated it. Participated in the Merriweather Master Class for Handmade Business (loved it, highly recommend).
- And last but not least, made new friends, acquaintances, graciously met some new buyers and supporters, and developed many new relationships with local and far-away galleries and artists. Met many of my heroes and received so much positive affirmation from friends and family.
2015 was a year full of late nights, 7-day workweeks, and fits of doubt and frustration. But it was also a year full of victories and congratulations, perseverance and overcoming incredible challenges. The summer was long and I got to travel to sunny places. Looking forward to new opportunities in 2016, and maybe some surprises to come in the next year!
I can't wait - thanks for being here and I'll see you next year!