Saturday, December 31, 2011

Reflecting on 2011

As I look back on the year, I've learned that painting everyday makes you a better artist.  Even if it means squeezing in 10 minutes of painting between mountains of never-ending laundry, dinner preparation, and taxi service to soccer games.  Last February I learned this very important lesson as I challenged myself to painting 28 flowers in 28 days.  It most definitely was a challenge, but I accomplished my goal and sold a few of those paintings to collectors throughout the past months.  Thank you to those new collectors!

This year I was also invited to hang my art in a new gallery in town, The Whistlepig Gallery on Main, here in our own downtown Pataskala.  I absolutely love the coziness of the gallery as well as the enthusiasm and soul of the gallery director.  This was one of those situations where when one door closes, a window opens somewhere else.

2011 has also taught me the importance of peace and patience.  We all find ways to bring calm and tranquility to our lives.  Now, more so than ever, is it vital to have this virtue in our lives with our cell phones, emails, facebook, iPads, iPods, etc., etc., etc. taking up precious time.  We must live in the moment and not waste a minute.

The year 2011 was good......not great, but good.  I began 2011 sicker than a dog and ended 2011 in very good health......and to that I am thankful!  I look forward to being more artistic and more organized.  I have a head start in the basement as I empty cardboard boxes, pitch, label, and repack in clear plastic containers.  Since my studio resides in the basement it's of utmost importance to get things in order and have all my supplies at hand.  I anticipate more journaling for the sole purpose of practicing and discovering new skills/techniques. 

I also want to extend a huge "THANK YOU" to all you bloggers, Facebook and Pinterest followers, collectors, family, and friends who have supported me throughout the year.  My New Years resolution for 2012 will be to continue to create art in hopes of inspiring someone to pick up a pencil or paint brush.  Happy New Year to you all!


  1. You've inspired me to learn new things. I like the idea of 28 flowers in 28 days. I like "even if only 10 minutes", each and everyday. I now have a painting desk and have been at it a lot more than usual. Now I need to set some goals...
    peace n abundance,

  2. Happy New Year to you too Gretchen! I hope all your goals come true!

  3. Your work is fabulous. Wish you a very happy new year and lots of happy painting.



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