Sunday, January 1, 2017

Bright New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone!!  2016 was a year filled with art - learning, experimenting and growing.  I took numerous online classes and met loads of new artist friends from all over the world.  It really is great fun to share with and learn from such a wide range of talent! 

Most of my work this year has been in watercolor and has been done in art journals.  I have so many 'in-progress' journals that they litter my work area.  Everything from spiral-bound journals that I purchased to hand-sewn journals that I made.  And I am loving it!  Working small gives me the opportunity to experiment without fear.  I can make notes in the margins and 'rehearse' my painting strategy before continuing.

Why so many journals at once?  Well, there is that logical side that has to be appeased - that need to organize my thoughts and processes.  Each journal has it's own purpose and 'theme'.  And (let's be honest here) I can't seem to resist trying out new papers and formats.  There - I said it!  😜😊

With some of the paintings and projects I have shared in Facebook groups, I have been asked how I did certain things.  I am happy to share anything that might help someone else along their journey.  It is also good to write down my process so that I can remember myself!  As soon as I move on to the next painting my mind focuses on the present and what came before grows a bit fuzzy.

But it takes time to recount the steps I took and later, when I want to review them myself, they are a bit hard to track down.  So I have decided to get back to using my blog regularly for posting my work and my process.  That way I can find the info easily and can just refer my friends and family to a particular post. My sister-in-law, Margaret, visited this fall and we had a wonderful day painting together.  She is continuing on her watercolor journey and this will give her a resource, as well.

So, if you are interested and want to follow along, just use the handy-dandy sign up tool on the right-hand side of your screen to sign up to receive emails letting you know when there is a new post.  I don't have any advertising on my site and am not going to spam you.  This is just a place for me to share with those who are interested in my work.  And if you like what you see or find the information helpful, it would be so lovely if you would leave a comment and let me know.  I kind of got out of the habit of posting because I seldom heard from anyone.  But it is a useful tool for me, too, so I will try to maintain it with a little more regularity.

Joy and blessing and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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