And decided not.
I felt like I hadn't gotten enough done this year. And then I started counting. And updating my resume. And I did actually accomplish a lot this year. No top 14 list, but here are a few of the highlights...
The grant. Once again, I was an IAP grantee from the Indiana Art Commission. Two years ago I was a FY2013 grantee and produced those large scale paintings. This year (FY2015) the grant was used to fund...
|Notice the syringe. It's about 1/2" above the surface of the paper.|
The residency. My first residency. A week at Hook Pottery Paper working with Andrea Peterson on papermaking. It. Was. Amazing. And that doesn't come close to really describing it. A week of making art with no distractions and the feedback from Andrea all throughout. She pulled a lot out of me that I could not have gotten on my own. She encouraged me to trust myself without thinking about what I was doing.
|pulp painting (papermaking) 22" x 30"|
Really, I could stop there. The residency was the highlight of the year. But a few other things happened that are worth remembering.
artwork. I made 159 pieces of art. This is a lot. But it's considerably less than 2013's 216 pieces.
shows. I was in 21 shows. That's up from 15 in 2013. Within that, I showed in several venues which were new to me: Thaddeus C Gallery, Merge Building, South Shore Arts (Salon Show), White Ripple, Taltree Arboretum, Beverly Shores Depot, Hammond Public Library, and Uptown Evolution.
|into, acrylic, 10" x 10" at Thaddeus C Gallery|
Here's what next aka my plan for 2015.
#art365 needs to be a bigger force. Right after I decided I needed to be brutal about making art everyday again, I got sick. Too sick to be out of bed for a couple of days. There was no possible way I could make art those days. So, while I need to remain in the habit of making art everyday, I also need to accept that there will be days it just won't happen.
|#art365 12.16.14 gouache|
|below the surface, acrylic, 11" x 14" at White Ripple|
Reach farther Despite the fact that I showed in all those new places, the rest of the shows were all in a handful of spaces. I need to move out of my comfort zone. (and out of Northwest Indiana)
|pulp painting (papermaking), 22" x 30"|
It has been a great year. Best wishes to all of you and yours for 2015!