2012 has been the biggest year of my life. I have spent the past ten months learning how to be my own boss, in addition to picking up watercolor and launching the public safety art project. I love the fact that each day is another opportunity to create something of value, to improve as an artist, and to learn something new.
Speaking of learning, I’ll be making a few changes in 2013 in order to get a better grasp on time management and limit my distractions. First off, I’ll be moving my computer/office out of the studio since I still have a horrible habit of checking e-mail every 30 minutes (thank you business world…). And as you may have already noticed, I’m scaling back my blog posts to only once or twice a month, which will allow me to summarize a month’s worth of news and recent artwork.
Thank you for the ideas, support, and business over the past ten months and I can’t wait to tackle 2013 with you all. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
QUOTE OF THE
WEEK MONTH (and the most appropriate to start off the new year)
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
My tent at Taste of St. Louis in September is still paying dividends, as I’ve had some interest and print sales recently from attendees of that event. The reception at Soulard Coffee Garden around Halloween was a lot of fun, and pretty soon I’ll be taking down my work that has been hanging at Mister Guy in Ladue for the past two months.
My watercolors have been improving week by week, and I’ve been practicing a variety of different subject matter in order to fine tune the style. I have also been working on really large scale acrylics with a similar semi-abstract, splatter style and will hopefully have a few jobs for local businesses in the first quarter of next year.
Lucks Art 911
This project has been a huge success with the St. Louis County Police and we already have orders for the City Police version once that is created. Part of the proceeds were set aside for Backstoppers, so I’ll be donating $250 to the organization, and the sum will be matched by the St. Louis County Police Association.
We have some really cool ideas for 2013, including artwork for St. Louis City Police, firefighters, merchandise, and a dedicated website for the endeavor.
My friend commissioned this watercolor painting of him and his little sister as a Christmas gift for their mother. I made some alterations to the original photograph to simplify the image and put the focus on the two figures. He went a step further and picked out a very touching poem to put on the mat below the painting. Let’s just say there were a few tears shed over this one.