One of the things that I think is most spectacular at this time of year is our sunrises and sunsets. We have such “big skies” that the wonder of all the colors and cloud formations are easily seen and appreciated.
Another aspect of reaching the end of the year is having the opportunity to reflect on what has been done throughout the months of 2023. This year I completed more than 60 paintings and drawings, which I thought was a decent number considering everything else that was happening in my life. .
I also entered four international art competitions, and won awards in every one of the competitions, against hundreds and sometimes thousands of other artists from all over the world. That was such an amazing and wonderful surprise each time I got the email notifying me of my placement.
Early this year my sister died, which was unexpected. As her executor, there were months and months of dealing with banks, lawyers, accountants, etc. along with weeks of sorting and packing up her home. Needless to say, very little painting got done for the months which were the most difficult for me.
We planted a large garden this year, and had a great year for tomatoes and squash, with the other veggies doing not quite as well, but still providing us with lots of food. Of course, it takes time to look after a garden, and to deal with the produce which all seems to come at the same time - so there were certainly periods of time where I didn’t get into the studio at all. I enjoy making jams and relishes enough that I didn’t mind.
So, here we are, at the end of productive year. Did I meet my goals for this year? I actually don’t know as I am not worried about them any longer. My reflections show me I accomplished much in the midst of some trying and difficult circumstances. I believe I finished the year well and so I am content.
Looking forward, I am contemplating a change in direction for some of my artwork in 2024. I have some ideas I really want to explore and incorporate into new works. I will be selling these new works either here on my website, or through my social media platforms. I hope you’ll join me in a new adventure as we enter a New Year.
May you and all your loved ones experience health, joy, laughter and much love throughout this holiday season, and indeed in the months of 2024 as well.