Today, I’m finally getting to feature one of my Twitter friends who I met during the wonderful #DrawingAugust challenge a couple months back, Minnie Teckman, from Northampton, England. It was such a fun experience, and the best part was getting to meet talented artists like Minnie. The images above are just a sampling of her doodlewashes from this challenge, so be sure to follow Minnie on Twitter or Facebook for more!
Minnie has been drawing and painting all of her life and decided, at the age of 34, to go back to University and study for a Fine Art and History of Art Degree. During the course, she learned many theories of art and got plenty of time to produce a body of work in oils, earning a 2:1 BA (with honors!).
“Once I was out in the big wide world again,” says Minnie, “I realised that my journey was just beginning. The skills I had learnt during my degree were more theory based than practical. I needed to learn so much more about techniques. So, I embarked on a drawing project.”
Minnie began ‘Project Dogwalk’ which involved drawing local dog walkers with their dogs, and was a great way to get involved in the community. She used to be a veterinary nurse, so found the subject familiar and inspiring. You can see more of this wonderful project on her Project Dogwalk website!
From then on, she spent many years developing her drawing skills, exhibiting when she could. “It was during this time that I discovered Twitter and the art community that exists there,” she says. “I have taken part in #DrawingAugust for the last 3 years. #DrawingAugust is for anyone, just draw something every day and post it onto Twitter using the tag. You can then see everyone else’s inspirations.”
This year Minnie added watercolor and ink to her sketches and she’s also returned, once again, to painting with oils. “Sketching outside is important to me,” she says, “and I take part in a weekly sketching group ‘Drawing Outside Northampton’.” She’s married and has an 8 year old daughter, and because of her love of animals, of course, two cats and a dog. She spends the rest of her time painting and drawing animal portraits.
To develop her skills, Minnie regularly attends courses with artists that she admires and she posts regularly on Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to follow her there! “I try to create something every day,” she says, “and find that my work is constantly evolving.” And what a pleasure to watch your work evolve friend! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talent with us, Minnie, and we can’t wait to see more!