Well, it is that time of year again. Time for recaps, review and my annual "Favourite Paintings" list. How are all of you? Do you find yourselves making lists? I am a list person, and last year began a list of all the books I could remember reading. I wish I would have started it when I was younger, but it is still an immensely satisfying thing for me to do! Last year my New Years Resolutions were to get more physical activity and to read more novels. It took me till September to get moving, but I am happy to report that I read 18 books! And I can even tell you the titles because I made a list! haha
As for painting, I went through a real rough patch this year, and I seriously considered chucking it all and re-training for another career. But when I looked through all the options the only thing that made sense (and felt exciting) was painting. My issue was finding buyers for my work. Believe me, I know that income does not equal self-worth, but on some level my thought process was this: I go to my studio and paint every day, and work really hard, and if it's only to finish canvasses that just pile up in my studio, what's the point? You can start to feel defeated. I know a lot of people who read my blog are artists, and I know most everyone can relate to that at some point in their career. So anyway, I decided to give myself one calendar year and see what happens. The months that have followed have been my best ever and things have started to snowball. I like to think that somewhere, somehow I was being told "HANG IN THERE!"
So to all of you who are going through something similar or find yourself in that position this coming year, I will echo it loud and clear, HANG IN THERE!
~~~Now, back to the lists. Here is the list of my personal favourite paintings of 2013 (abstract, daily paintings and landscape). If you don't see a painting you bought here, please don't feel bad! My faves are often not what others would pick, or even what sells. Fascinating really : )
Top Abstract Paintings
Life's a Beach / available herehere
Alien Picnic / available here
Top Daily Paintings (small works, oil)
Shiny Candy, available here
The Wild One
Ready to Leap / SOLD
Bella Lake, Muskoka / SOLD
My most sincere wishes to all of you for a year of warmth, peace goodwill and laughter!
~~~Of course I hope you will have good luck on your side, but also I hope you will not wait for luck. You can make your own luck by hard work and the use of common sense.
~1919, "Confectioners Journal"