Not to whine, for such is life... but simply to observe: 2013 was the first good year around here since 2007. Oh, there've been many good days, minutes, hours, some weeks, even, since 2007... but whole years? Not those. Neutral years, years in which nothing much bad happened? Not those, either.
2013 could have turned out differently. The stakes were high. And the big results weren't in until September.
But what the first nine months were leading up to culminated in very happy news!
My daughter's adorable baby son Miles, born on September 13, and shown here on Christmas Day, at almost 3 1/2 months:
The painting show I started working on in early January, opened in late September to a very warm reception. There were moments in March when I thought I wasn't going to make it. But I worked through the problems and ended up finding, as I had struggled to find, my own idiom. I made quirky paintings and they pleased me. The fact that others liked them was delicious.
I made illustrations, you will perhaps remember, for a wonderful new magazine about Raleigh, NC, called, appropriately enough Walter!
My work appeared on other pages, too. In the June issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine and in Playing with Sketches (the fourth book my work is included in!) by Whitney Sherman, director of the graduate program in illustration at the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art. I'm so proud to be represented in both publications.
As you may know, I ended up my year with an exciting trip to northern Norway. More sketches from that trip to appear in a few days. My scanner is still hiccupping and the holidays are still intervening!
I will also talk about my art goals for 2014. I've done this before ;D. See you in just a few days!
And happy New Year to all of you, wherever you are!