2014 Challenge - The last few years I haven't made the time to paint as much as I did the first year. I've only been painting since 2010 so I don't have much of a reference point, but I find that I have to find ways to motivate myself. Funny ....since painting is something that I love, but life has a way of just happening. So these days I have permanently set up my easel in my sun room. It's not an ideal painting location and I find that the light is not always good...but it keeps painting in front of me. I've also discovered that I must have a "working" painting on the easel all the time. It tends to draw me to it, so as soon as I complete one painting I immediately put up the next blank canvas or paper. The other thing I've done is focused on my own photos. I have used photos made by friends with their permission. It is satisfying to paint beginning to ends something from my own work. It also is a good excuse to go on day trips and connect with friends looking for the next painting.
Since 2014 I have had two art shows and entered my paintings into numerous shows. My goal for 2014 is to complete 50 original paintings from my own photos. Of course I will thrown in a painting completed at a workshop each month as I continue to study with some of my favorite artist.
10 paintings out of 50 is the count. 8 original work from my own or friends reference photos and 2 from workshops.