What I Will Do in 2012
Something more modest than what I proposed in 2011.Yet, I promise to reach -- to grow as a person and an artist. More in a bit about that... tomorrow. My cousin's son is getting married tonight ... New Year's Eve ... in a little over an hour. Thus the wait. Oh, and one of the bridal couple's gifts to their guests was a complimentary chair massage to usher in the New Year. That, more than anything delayed my posting next year's plans. Ahhhhhhhh.
2011: A Memorable Year in My Art Journey
|Me with 27 of my 100 Faces|
I successfully completed this crazy New Year's Resolution with 100 Days of scheduling sitters, sittings of generally three to four hours, writing a blog post of each day's adventure, washing brushes, etc. on top of a "routine" of two days of teaching for nine of those weeks, entering art shows, filling out a grant application and getting ready to exhibit the completed paintings two times this summer. Life was nuts. Thrilling but nuts.
|With Rob Liberace in Julian Barrows Studio (formerly John Singer Sargent's)|
For the next few months, in between exhibit activities, I worked on formulating what comes next. My Project had trained me to keep tackling the unfamiliar and trusting "it" to turn out okay with enough practice under my belt.
|"On the Waterfront" painted plein air in Alexandria, VA|
Honestly, I've had some successes already with it. I entered two plein air painting competitions this year. The first was Paint Herndon! where my painting "Old Town Herndon II" won third place. The second was Out and About Norfolk where two of my three paintings won awards. "Elephant from the Norfolk Zoo" won a Purchase Award and "Chrysler Museum Fountain" won the Raymar Art Award. A third painting, "W&OD BBQ," that was started in plein air won First Prize in the Reston Century T-Shirt Art Competition. The best part is that this has been so much fun.
|"Elephant at the Norfolk Zoo" won the Purchase Award at Out&About Norfolk|
The cool thing about all of this year is that my paintings were full of the experiences of those days ... in all their craziness. Canvases weren't planned. I had the general idea of where to "show up," made choices on the fly, adapted as necessary, shared the joy of creating art with others, and worked at being up to the task. Those experiences, replete with funny stories, infuse life in the linen. Not bad at all.
And, a great joy is that I've had some wonderful folks enjoy the journey with me. Embrace the successes. Laugh at the mishaps. Love the art. Thank you!!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!