Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a good holiday season.  To be honest, I didn’t but I was still very blessed overall and was very happy to be with family.  I was going to write about some of the hardships that came my way in December but I’ve decided to go a different route.  It’s a new year so no need to dwell on what didn’t go so well for me last month.  The reality is that 2018 might actually prove to be a more difficult year for me, but I’m not going to focus on that tonight.  Instead, I’m going to concentrate on small goals that I can control.

Of course New Year’s Day is naturally a good time to reflect on goals, and I think one thing I’d like to do differently this year is actually make more specific goals.  Not something so broad that it becomes meaningless  For example, I want to build my portfolio.  But what does that even really mean?  That goal is too broad and I’ll likely not  get anywhere with it.  What will it take to reach that goal? How many pictures?  In what style? What theme?  I’ve realized I don’t always give my goals the structure they need for me to attain them.  So, tonight I think I’ll sit by myself think through some of these goals, write them down, and be prepared for a new year.

In other news, here is a landscape painting I did for my dad and step-mom.  It is the first  landscape I’ve painted, at least from what I can remember.  I used one of my husband’s photographs as reference.

dad's painting small

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My Art in 2015

At the end of the year I always like to look back to see the art I did over the entire year.  A lot of good things happened this year as an artist, but there is still a glaring issue I need to fix.

Cons:

The amount of work I did for the year is small.  Going forward I really need to push myself to create a lot more.  On the plus side, I did a huge amount of photography, but my number of paintings is lacking.

Pros:

Even though the amount of work I did is small, I believe that something clicked for me about half way through the year.  I started to have more confidence as an artist, and my work looks stronger.  I credit most of that to an online art class that I participate in, and which I will talk about more in another post.

Goals for 2016:

I want to build a larger portfolio, and also more creative compositions.  I also want to practice some traditional painting.  I also have a small illustration project in January that will get me off to a nice start.

Here is some of my work in order of when I  painted them.