A couple winters ago there was a cold snap and anything liquid froze in the Columbia River Gorge. During the below freezing temperature, I ventured into the gorge with my camera and tripod. I visited a couple of the popular waterfalls and have been thinking about transforming them into paintings. Today I took the plunge, especially since I hadn’t used my Christmas present yet, a size 14 Round Paul Jackson’s Elephant Sable. I only used that brush for my paints, plus using the masking fluid and brush soap purchased from Paul Jackson during his Oregon Workshop. And of course I used a different brush designated for my masking fluid.
I started this little 8” x 10” watercolor around 10 am and worked in layers. Between photos 2 and 3, I actually took a brisk 30 minute walk with Kona and Coal, then got back to work with utilizing a hair dryer as needed with the extra wet washes. And before I knew it, 3 pm rolled around and I decided that my first painting of 2018 was complete.
I might have started this painting with something specific in mind. The Keizer Arts Association has a monthly art show and I knew this month’s theme is Pacific Northwest. I thought about painting Mt. Hood for this show or using older paintings, but I knew I could create something different yet familiar. So after I finished my watercolor, framed it, and then brought it to KAA for their January show.
2017 has been the year of exciting changes: new home, new city, new goals. 2016 was the start of searching for a new home. John and I looked at many homes and this spring we found the perfect house for us in Salem. We beat out other bids and a couple months later were proud home owners. With the time and energy required for buying and moving into a house, my art creations slowed down. But now that we’ve moved, I now have a space to convert to be my art studio. Since relocating to Salem, I met some locals and have captured memories for them with my camera.
The past couple years I’ve done goals for the new year. Last year I didn’t set goals for 2017. I looked back to 2016 and found the goals I made and will be transferring 2016 to 2017.
My art goals for 2016, now for 2017 ...
1.) Book Photography Sessions - Families, Couples, Seniors, Pets. Yes, booked a couple sessions from new clients: senior, family, and wedding.
2.) Have a booth at the St. Paul Rodeo Art Show. Yes!
3.) Have a booth set up at: a Dog Show, Lavender Festival, Gresham Art Walk, Oktoberfest, Crafty Wonderland. Art booth at Englewood Forest Festival and met photography clients.
4.) Sell original watercolors. Yes, at St. Paul Rodeo and commissions.
5.) Enter paintings and photographs into local art shows. Yup, Oregon State Fair and actually won an award!
6.) Design and sell screen printed tea towels and t-shirts. Did it in 2016, but decided to not continue this year.
7.) Post and sell items from Etsy along with my website. Only sold through my website and decided not to sell through Etsy.
8.) Design something amazing with my photography/paintings - maybe a book? On my bucket list!
9.) Go to someplace like Yellowstone and photograph the wildlife with a super-telephoto (rented) lens. Maybe for 2019? But I had a Media Access Pass to the Pendleton Round Up.
10.) Find a house to live in and have a roomy studio. Yes, done!
My goals for 2018:
1.) Create a new body of watercolors utilizing my sketchy style technique.
2.) Create an art studio space in my garage.
3.) Be accepted into a local art show.
4.) Have an art booth at the St. Paul Rodeo.
5.) Create new photography Greeting Cards.
6.) Offer holiday mini sessions for clients.
7.) Offer private art lesions in my studio.
8.) Offer private photography editing classes.
9.) Find an art gallery to represent my art.
10.) Write stories to go along with every painting.
I hope you stay awhile. This is where I will talk about my paintings, processes, photography & adventures, post processing, social media, and more.
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