Monday, December 31, 2018

Summary of 2018

I started 2018 with another 30 in 30 days project, lead by Leslie Saeta. My theme this year was "Mother". I like to start the year with full force and create intensely and every day. The results are not always good paintings but it brings a lot of creativity out of me.
Here is the collage of all the paintings

This year I was fortunate to travel to many beautiful places. We explored a lot of places in Alberta we have not been to before - we are lucky to live in such a beautiful place with amazing nature. Travel is really nice, and a great learning and bonding experience for our family, but it does interfere with the daily painting practice. This year I mostly did a lot of research and sketching, and took several online courses to dig deeper into my art practice. It has been a crazy and fun, and also somewhat difficult journey. 

My favorite is to work on large canvases and I was able to make a few large paintings as well this year. I tend to work smaller these days because of the space limitations and it is a treat to work on larger pieces. 

I finally found a space to show about 50 of my Canada 150 paintings - at the Whitemud Library in Edmonton. In spite of my tremendous effort to find a place to show all 150 paintings, it never happened, even though I really wanted to share my enthusiasm for living in Canada and its many beautiful animals and landscapes. Oh well. Glad to at least show these 50. 

I wrapped the year with an exhibit at the Westmount Library in Edmonton where I am showing my poppy and landscape paintings until January 2019. 

Hope everyone's year was as fun and as productive as mine, and cheers to the New 2019 Year!  

The Messenger of Immortality 12x24"