Happy Winter Solstice everyone, it’s a good day to celebrate, for me personally, and for all of us in the Northern Hemisphere where we can anticipate longer days from here on in. Whatever you celebrate in the month of December, I hope you know that you are loved and I hope you receive a gift of some kind.
For me, it’s been a very busy year filled with working for IWS Canada, traveling, learning new things about me as a painter, and coping with a lot of physical pain and limitations that continue but will only last another year or so (I’m told).
One of the main things I focused on this year was painting en plein air, which was something I started doing more of the previous year but hadn’t done a lot of prior to that. I’ve thankfully reached a point where I do feel satisfied with my results (small though the paintings may be)! While I do have great admiration for those who paint outdoors, and have met some who paint in really extreme conditions, I have to admit I know now I will always be a studio painter. My plein air pieces are quite special to me though, as they are filled with the memory of being there for an extended time, the sounds, the smells, the people who stopped to say something… there is definite value in that.
That being said, being a studio painter involves being in the studio, and I found all the computer work that was necessary for the IWS Canada volunteer work kept me out of the studio way too much! In addition to this, it compounded the physical problems I’ve been having. In contrast, when I paint, all the pain disappears for the duration of my painting session. So, I have stepped down from my position as Publicity Director and am leaving it in capable hands, much to my relief. It has been very rewarding working on the IWS Canada team for the last four years.
This coming year will be spent painting in the studio, creating fractals, and sorting through all the things I’ve been putting off sorting through.
I would like to take a moment and say a huge thank you to all of the collectors who approached me or went to any of my exhibits and purchased artwork this year. You made everything easier!
In the New Year, I will sit down here and tell you all about my trip to Portugal, and show you some of my paintings from there. In the meantime, please have a safe, happy, love- and peace-filled holiday season!