As part of my studio organization project, I took inventory of 2016. I thought I’d share my 2016 year in review with you. I was a little surprised by the results, especially the number of paintings I completed. My goal was to do a plein air painting every week, but I knew I would miss here and there due to travel, weather, studio work and art shows. Surprisingly, I still did 51 plein air paintings.
Here is the breakdown:
Studio 16 (seven of which were experimental and didn’t really reach completion)
Plein Air 11
Plein Air 40
I spent a lot of time entering and planning art shows this year. I entered 4 juried shows, and I was accepted into 3. I also participated in 2 group shows, and did my second solo show during the month of June, selling 6 paintings plus a number of prints and greeting cards. Of the three juried shows, I received the Guerilla Painter Award at the Pastel Society of Colorado for Bobcat Autumn.
I just keep learning more and more about managing my website. It takes a certain amount of tenacity and stubbornness on my part. I added a zoom feature to the shop, so you can see better detail on the paintings. And, I had planned to do at least 2 blog posts a month and ended up with 24 posts. They weren’t as consistent as I wanted, but I’m creating the habit.
I was very lucky to be able to attend three workshops this year in addition to taking some oil painting classes.
Mike Beeman – 1 day pastel workshop
Margaret Jensen – 3 day oil workshop
Bright Light Fine Art – David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw & Jacqueline Kamin – figure in drawing and oil was an absolute highlight. I’m still processing what I learned.
Classes with Jeanne Mackenzie
I also made my own traditional gesso panels for egg tempera. It was much easier than I thought it would be.
My main goal for 2016 was to learn how to paint in oil, and I feel really good about what I have accomplished. One of my oil paintings (Follow Cow Creek) was accepted in the 100 Years of the National Parks show, and I could see the progression of skill over the course of the year. Besides painting as much as possible, I learned about canvas, supports, glues, paints, color mixing and brushwork. And, I’m proud to say I have completed 15 color charts.
If you are just learning to paint, I can’t recommend the painting charts enough. Richard goes into great detail in is book Alla Prima. A must read for any beginner (or experienced painter).
I was very proud of our trip to Las Vegas, where I worked for multiple days doing sketches, photography, plein air studies and then created a studio painting (you can read about that process here).
On a personal note, I also trained to summit Long’s Peak (14+ miles round trip). Although we missed the peak due to weather, it felt great to be in shape and at altitude again. And, I got my studio organized (finally).
As we go into 2017, I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals. And, while it isn’t very quantifiable, I know that I want to go deeper into what I have learned.
I will continue to learn from the masters by copying their work – it’s intimidating but so interesting and helpful, and use the process of plein air to studio to develop ideas. I intend to paint en plein air weekly (some weeks more, some weeks less). Learn to paint portrait and figure. Paint a couple of still lifes. Participate in juried and group shows. Write on this blog, especially show more of my work here. And, maybe even apply to a gallery or two, and sell more work.
If you have questions about plein air, pastel painting or anything I’ve mentioned on my blog, feel free to leave a comment or contact me.
I wish you a wonderful 2017.