Well here we are again. The end of yet another year. I really have mixed emotions about 2013. I have had some super highs and all times lows. The first thing I want to say is THANKS! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you for supporting and being interested in my EVER CHANGING art. Without you I wouldn't be here!
My art has changed quite a bit this last year (to say the least)...and I owe it all to the awful Arts and Carafe lady who stole my painting then proceeded to teach a class on how to paint my painting. I was so frustrated and upset that I decided to paint something so layered that nobody could copy it even if they wanted too. This lead to some wonderful inspiration and the world of mixed media. I have been having such a wonderful time playing around with paper, tissue, glue, paint, crayons....you name it! So fun! So I went from painting like this:
Another highlight of the year was our family trip to Maui! I never thought we would be able to take a big vacation like that with our kids, but in 2013 we pulled it off! What a blast they had!
On a bad note.....I injured my leg training for a full marathon back in July and haven't been able to run since:
I was devastated to say the least and the worst part? I have gained 12 pounds! Whaaaa! I tore my tendon and am not sure when I will be able to run again. When I really get down in the dumps about it I try to remember how much I did accomplish before I got hurt. I ran 18 miles without stopping. Did I mention that was WITHOUT STOPPING? That may not seem like a big deal to you, but it sure was a big deal to me. I never in my life thought I would be able to do something like that! I still have a dream of doing a full marathon, and I hope someday I can accomplish it! In the mean time Dan bought me a fitbit. I have been walking every morning! I just love it! 10,000 steps a day! Woohoo!
I actually took some time this year to do a painting for myself:
This has been quite a crazy year for me emotionally. I learned how to be brave with my art, follow my intuition and believe in myself. I pushed boundaries, dared to try new materials and really tried hard not to be embarrassed of my paintings. (this is an ongoing issue I have with myself) It is scary throwing yourself out there to the public.
Not to sure what next year will bring. I am embracing 2014 and hope everyone has a wonderful New Year.