Here it is, the last day of 2016! What an art year it was for me:
- Exhibited work in 15 juried shows, including internationally in London and Ottawa
- Won 7 awards
- Sold 6 originals
- Finished 11 new drawings
- Taught 2 workshops
- Gave 3 presentations
- Exhibited 2 weekends in Silicon Valley Open Studios
- Led a 2-day forum at the Colored Pencil Society of America convention in Tacoma
- The featured and cover artist in the May issue of COLOR magazine
- One of my drawings was used for advertising in The Artist’s Magazine, Pastel Journal, and Drawing Magazine
- Published in 3 new books: CP Treasures, Vol. IV from Ann Kullberg, and Strokes of Genius 8: Expressive Texture and Art Journey Animals from North Light Books
- Published a JumpStart step-by-step booklet through Ann Kullberg
Along with all that, late in the year I stepped down after five years as president of my CPSA chapter (DC 210 San Jose), in order to take on a new role as the organization’s national Marketing Director.
And I broke my collarbone, which brought everything art-related to a halt for more than six weeks while I healed from surgery to fix it (steel plate forevermore!) I’m still going to physical therapy to regain strength and mobility.
All that while still working at a full-time job. Whew!
With each year, I’m still learning how to pace myself. Spring and early summer seem to be very hectic, while autumn and early winter are more relaxed, so I’m trying to figure out how to spread the work out. I’m not sure it’s possible, since the reason for the hectic part of the year is deadlines over which I have no control. One possibility is to simply not enter as many juried shows, but what’s the fun in that?
2017 is already stacking up! I have commitments for three presentations and four workshops (three of which involve travel) in the first five months. Check the Calendar page of my website to keep abreast of all that.
And the contract is not yet signed, but it looks like I will be writing a book, which will preclude me from making any new art until at least the end of August, and I’ll have to skip several exhibit opportunities. I’m feeling ambivalent about the honor of writing a book that will be published but not being able to draw what I want for most of the year. I guess it’s a good problem to have!
May your 2017 be productive and filled with art!