The year 2011 has passed but not without some highs and lows for many people. The end of the year for me is always a time of recollection for accounting, planning or inspirational reasons.
I had the opportunity to spend time with family, friends and myself. During this time I realized that every morning I walk by one of the very first still lifes I painted in Houston well over 15 years ago. It is called Granny’s Apples and I can recall enjoying painting it, particularly the apples and the carnations. I stood in front of the painting and still enjoyed the apples and the other elements in the composition.
The painting took me back in time. I recollected on several of the paintings and activities I’ve participated in and I appreciated my last 20 years of work. I relished the moments of growth, typically when facing challenges. With persistence, I tried again and again until reaching a more satisfactory outcome and always learning with each new experience.
Each year, I set a technical goal for myself. This past year, my goal was to work on figure sketches. I did portrait and figure drawings. I also did many quick sketches. I found those to be the most challenging and fun. I drew on paper working on graphite, charcoal and conté.
Now it is time to set my new technical goal for 2012.