Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008: End of the Year Thoughts

"Still to the Max," 18 x 24, pastel

This painting, "Still to the Max," was my first painting for 2008. It hung at O'Connor's as part of a show where eight artists painted their personal versions of the same group of objects. Mine was an homage to the artist Peter Max (sometimes spelled "Maxx").

Satisfied. I feel satisfied with my art progress this last year. I met the goals I set for myself, and I am ready to set new goals for 2009.

More than anything, I want to approach art with boldness. Paint what I love. Paint with passion and confidence. Create new things. Try new things. Play. Make mistakes. Shun anxieties that hold me back. Pay less attention to critics. JUST DO IT!

176 paintings after "Still to the Max," I painted "Turn Point Lighthouse." And, the painting posted December 17 will hang at O'Connor's beginning in January. Things progress. Things seem the same.

Thank you for sharing this journey with me. More to come in 2009.


bullwinkle said...

176 paintings for the year is like one every other day. Congratulations! I wish I was as prolific. Keep up the good work and Happy New Year!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Thank you! Happy New Year to you, too, Bullwinkle!