Looking to 2021

It has been quite a year to say the least.  I have no doubt you can agree.  In the middle of all the unexpected, I found myself needing to find the blessings along the way.  I had struggles with all the ways life changed and continued to change all year long.  There was so much to be grateful for in spite of disappointments.

I will soon be taking time to look through the 2020 art goals on my wall.  Thinking over each one, I will ask myself whether those objectives were met and if they should be carried over into 2021.  I began this process in 2015.  It was something I had read as an important step for artists in reaching milestones and in becoming more professional...becoming a "real" artist is not so scary after all.

I try to combine a list of smaller and larger goals.  In past years, I would take the large goals and subdivide them into the reachable sub-goals.  In 2017, my life had gotten so de-railed for art creation, that I had to write my goals in retrospect.  This is a fancy way of saying that I wrote the list at the end of 2017 just before creating my 2018 goals.  I felt that I wanted to have the remembered list of what I had been able to do in the midst of not having much time for art.  I remembered all the ways I was able to be creative, taking that energy into other responsibilities.

So, I am encouraging you to make a list.  Dream.  Look ahead with anticipation.  What were you able to find joy in throughout 2020?  I know there was so much to feel discouraged about BUT there was a lot of good.  Blessings and joy even in the hard things.  That's the key.  Be on the look out for what is to be savored.  I have been thinking about how many wonderful things are pretty simple and easily afforded, if even free.

Waterfalls & Rivers collection released just a few days ago.  This includes fifteen watercolor originals that describe my favorite landscapes in Montana.  Water is a recurring subject in my artwork.  Whether a river's edge, a lake, or a waterfall...somehow water adds that special element to descriptions of nature.

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Happy New Year!


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