Looking back 2016 was a year filled with surprises and challenges.
There has been 2 moves, 3 jobs, an art show, broken bones and a trip to Italy in 2016. Unfortunately these events meant that I have neglected both my artwork and this blog. Moving is always exhausting and unsettling. I spent far too little time in my studio doing my artwork. Tearing down and setting up my art supplies in a new space is always a challenge as it take several tries to make everything flow together. Three different employers since last January has meant challenges and steep learning curves. I have been at my current job for over six months so I am settling into a routine.
The broken bones was an experience I do not wish to repeat. A fall on May 1st resulted in 4 pins and a cast for six weeks for my right wrist. And yes I am right-handed. No one told me that once the cast has been removed, it still takes a long time to gain movement and the stiffness to leave your hand. My current job requires me to do lots of typing which can leave my wrist and fingers sore by the end of the day. Unfortunately this means no art work in evenings. The good news is that is gets better every week so looking forward to being back at the easel more in 2017.
2016 and ART
I . The Vermilion Art show put on by the Vermilion Art Club in April was a huge success and take part in. It is a great group of artists and the Paint till you Faint held every month is so much fun. It is a great way to spend a Saturday and make sure that you do art at least once a month.
I was able to take a pastel workshop with 2 artists this year. A pastel class with Joyce Boyer in September which was fabulous and I look forward to taking another class with her when the opportunity arises. An Acrylic Class with Bob Pennycook put on by Heart’s Delight Studios in Sherwood Park was stepping out of my comfort zone and caused me to stretch. 3 days of painting was bit much for the wrist and I paid for it for over 2 months. In November the Art Club in Vermilion asked me to do a demo on pastels. I had so much fun was I love sharing what I know about the medium.
Italy in June 2016
Italy was everything I dreamed about. Art, sights and sounds were wonderful but over far too fast. Even with a broken wrist it was wonderful. I seen artworks I have only dreamed of seeing. Statues in Rome that you expected to come to life. Wonderful glass in Venice that shimmered and beckoned me to buy. There was just far too many places and never enough time while we were there. The trip went by far to fast and has left me wanting to return. I have photographs from the trip and plans to paint some of them. Wonderful memories to last a lifetime.
Looking ahead to 2017
2017 is a year filled with promise and many ambitions. The first habit in 2017 that I want to make is to spends two hours a day in the studio during the week and four on the weekends during 2017. Will I meet this everyday? Probably not, but if I do it 80% of the time then it is a win! There is 4 art shows that I wish to take part in. This means producing lots of work which means lots of time spent in the studio. The decision I have to make is which medium I will work with this year. Oils or Pastels? There is many things that I love about each medium so it is a difficult choice to make.
The January the 30 in 30 starts, it is a great way to get back into the studio and produce some small paintings and instill a studio habit. The question is do I want to teach or do I want to paint. I will soon have to make a decision whether or not I will teach a beginners class for six weeks starting in February. . Plein Air painting and working from life is two things I want to do more often in 2017. I have no travel plans or workshops planned for 2017 but will leave it open to decide about when and where I will go.
I do want to say thank you to everyone that has supported, encouraged, and inspired me in 2016. May your 2017 be adventures, and accomplishments filled with lots of laughter and love for you. I plan on having these things make 2017 a great year. See you in 2017!!