Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My artistic year in review

New Years Day. The one day of the year which causes you to stop and reflect and (if you're ambitious) make a plan for the 364 days to come. I don't generally spend a lot of time looking backward. It's too easy to get stuck there. I am usually more future oriented but I thought that this year it might be advantageous to take a look at where I've been to help me make a plan for where I am going.

 In my private life, I had a very good year which might seem like a strange thing to say given that my husband had a near fatal car accident in March, my father in law had 2 strokes which nearly killed him in May and I had a health scare of my own just this December. I say that it was all good, because we are all thankfully ok and going through each of these experiences caused me to draw even closer to God and to rely on Him for my strength.

Here are highlights of what's gone on in my artistic life.

January 2013- Had a blast with a bunch of crazy artists at Atelier 273 Toulouse Lautrec party

February 2013- Visited the Salvador Dali Museum and the Morean Art Center in St. Petersburg, Fla. 

April 2013- Mini Retrospective at The Grand Opera House in Wilmington, De.

May 2013- Bellefonte Arts Festival-funkytown!

June 2013- Featured Artist/Author at Palette and Page in Elkton, Md.

July 2013- Got my own kiln!

August 2013- Spent a day collaborating with other artists

September 2013- Became Philadelphia Area Arts and Crafts Examiner for

October 2013- Started teaching painting at the Art Studio, Wilmington, De.

November 2013- Held a very successful Open Studio

December 2013-  A busy, busy, busy month of sales on etsy and local shows including some custom made challenges.

These are the happenings for the year. I had a lot of successes in terms of my work and grew a lot both as a person and an artist. I had quite a few accomplishments, but the one I am most proud of is having lost 33 lbs. to date on Weight Watchers. I still have a little ways to go, but that will be listed on next years blog- 

Wishing you all good health, peace and prosperity in the coming year!

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