This was another new beginning for me. I took a class from a fabulous art agent, Lilla Rogers and it pushed me to new limits. Her company and class Make art that Sells is exactly what is says. I am learning how to make my art available for print on items such as home decor, walls, fabric, stationary and more. I have learned how to work on an Ipad which has been so much fun and addictive. I now combine my watercolors, photography and digital drawing skills for a whole new look. Not that I am abandoning my older pieces, but looking for some fresh new pieces as well. Taking the class opened me up to meeting new artists and a community that is so supportive and I can't wait to continue to learn more.
Now, for my photography group Black Glass Gallery based in Monmouth County, NJ. I have met the best group of people and photographers this year and it has really mad me feel alive. We meet up in various locations and just learn and grow and have fun. I get up before sun and drive 40 minutes to meet everyone ( on a weekend no less ) and see the sunrise. I get so much more out of these meetups, than just some great photos. The joy of seeing sunrises, sunsets, rusty buildings, etc. with people who also love it is a feeling you can't get anywhere else. We applaud each others accomplishments and encourage each other to get that perfect shot. I am so grateful to Suzanne Spitaletta who started this group and continues to nurture our love of photography.
This year I painted several watercolors of houses for people who sold their homes and wanted memories of them. What a joy it is when you meet one of those people and they give you a hug, right in the middle of Target and thank you for capturing the heart of the their home for them. I hope to do more of these in the future. I love finding the little detail like a bird in a birdbath, or a flag on the post that reminds them of the home and not just a house.
It's been a great year of art for me and I look forward to what is ahead. At times I feel a little scattered because I go from watercolors to acrylic to abstract to lettering, graphics to realism and photography. It's just because some days that is how I feel. I am not a machine that produces the same thing all the time. I am diverse and work in the medium that I feel at that moment in time. Some days there is only time and energy for a little something and others I can put in lots of time. It took a long time for me to embrace this part of myself and I am happy to say, it's who I am and I never am bored.
Now, to clean my studio and prepare for an art show next week. Cleaning my space and organizing is my constant struggle and I am so happy it's raining today. I don't feel guilty spending a Saturday working on websites and organizing when it's rainy.