I spent the last month of 2018 in a frenzy of painting.
"The holidays" (December 1 through January 6) are a trial for me, family dynamics being what they are, and I do my best to get through them with as little angst as possible. The political climate of the past two years sure hasn't helped.
As of the end of November, I closed my home art studio classes for kids. I just don't have the patience anymore. I am still teaching at the college and that is enough. The last quarter was rough- I taught two sections of Art Appreciation, and the registrars loaded both classes past the maximum. I had a student in one class who sucked all the joy out of the room. The other class was much more lively but a challenge to get them to actually do the work.
After that I decided that I will stick with one course a quarter. I started the new quarter last week at my favorite campus with a small and enthusiastic group, so all is well.
Notice the theme, here? Not exactly retired but moving in that direction.
December did have some nice moments. I sold a couple of paintings, which is always appreciated, and I got into two juried shows that will take place this year. One is a little gallery in a community up North from me in Sequim, Washington. Most of the other artists are very local to that community, but I enjoy the drive up there and figured I had nothing to lose by entering a piece or two.
The other show is a much bigger deal. While it is held close to home in Bremerton, artists from all over the country apply to this annual competition. Just getting in is an accomplishment. I will do a post about it when it opens at the end of January.
The BLP took me to my favorite spot on the Oregon Coast for a short getaway mid-month and we had an adventure involving a fast-moving incoming tide and knee boots filled with icy December seawater. Once safe on drier land, we laughed and squished back to the hotel. It was scary but fun.
I finished 11 paintings in December and 2 more so far this year.
Here are a few representational pieces. Mostly, I did water views. A few of them have birds in them. Usually I don't put any living creatures in my paintings but they were integral to these images.
You will probably have to tilt your screen back a little bit to see the colors closer to what they actually are.
All are oils on stretched canvas.
"Under the Bridge at Blackjack Creek"
The green structure beyond this little foot bridge is the Hammerhead Crane at the Navy Yard in Bremerton. It was built in 1939 and is a local landmark.
This is the view from the deck of the ferry we were on when it stopped at Vashon Island on the way to Seattle.
"Fall Sunset, Port Orchard"
My most recent painting, just finished today. No birds. But the Hammerhead Crane is waaaaaay in the distance, on the horizon, just to the right of the sun.
All good wishes for 2019, my friends. See you again soon.