This was one of my first paintings of 2016. I started painting at the end of 2014 after having to spend the summer indoors recovering from a severe knee injury. I’ve always loved art and illustration but on one particular night, I found some of my Mum’s unused canvases and paint. She’s always loved painting but never found the time to do it. So I started painting and I painted for the entire summer. I kept painting well after my leg was healed and I realised how much it was such a good creative outlet for everything I feel inside.
Anyways, when I first made an instagram account earlier last year, I was so shocked and grateful for the incredible response to my paintings. I hope to one day have a collection I feel is exhibition worthy, but in the mean time I think I’ll sell a few as I’m running out of space! Feel free to check out more of my art on the gram: https://www.instagram.com/spiritchi/
Its January 2016 and I’ve started a blog. How unique… I set such minor goals in 2015 but accomplished so much more than I thought possible. So this year I figured, why not actively pursue my goals for 2016 as productively as I can, and they are ridiculously huge. No point having tiny goals right?
I was also sort of inspired by the tennis match I watched in Auckland on the 5th of January, where Venus Williams and Daria Kasatkina battled it out. Growing up, my parents attempted to recreate their own version of the Williams’ sisters, by enrolling my younger sister and I into tennis lessons.
Safe to say that thirteen year old me had other interests. But I still think about what could’ve happened if we kept training. I also think of several other missed opportunities in my life and I don’t think I can continue to let the fear of losing or stop me from chasing the life I need to live. Fair enough, Venus may have lost the match, but her and Serena’s legacies will always be inspirational. I can only dream of leaving such a legacy.
This year I want to travel more and speak my mind more.