I’ve been thinking a lot about this year as it winds down and I believe I have a love/hate relationship with 2011.
I’ve exhibited and sold more work this year than any other year in my artistic history. I’ve been more satisfied with my creations and more confident in my direction. A cyber friend told me “You’ve found your voice.” That sums it up very nicely.
I no longer consciously think about technique or flow – it just presents itself as part of the process. That does NOT mean that everything that comes out of the studio is fabulous. Trust me, there are things down there that will NEVER see the light of day. I know what went wrong, and in most cases I know the mistakes so as not to make them again.
I’m happy with the direction my art-life has taken this year and I will do everything I can to facilitate it into the future.
Now comes the hate part of the love/hate relationship. We’ve had family troubles and financial troubles. Nothing earth shattering or devastating. Nothing that can’t be risen above with a little tenacity and time. I think the reason I “hate” this part is that it’s a severe distraction to my art-life.
That may sound self centered and self serving, but when one considers that I have put my art-life on hold for over 20 years to raise and nurture my family, volunteer in my community, and generally be a “giver”, one might see how this can be true.
I look forward to 2012 with great relish and energy. I will continue producing the “Ice Series.” Although it’s now a year old, I wonder if it’s a series any longer? What would one call it? A phase? A period (like “his blue period”)? Hmmmmmm . . . will have to cogitate on that one.
I thank my clients, my collectors, my friends (both cyber and real), and my family for the encouragement and kindness shown to me over the past year. I’m humbled that you like my work and thrilled with the feedback offered.
Happy New Year! Thank YOU for following my blog. I resolve to update more regularly in 2012.