I cannot complain at all about 2017.
Professionally and personally it's been a good year.
My husband retired after over 35 years as an insurance executive.
And although it took some getting used to having him around all the time, it's been great.
We have coffee together every morning, babysit our grandchildren and travel here and there.
Speaking of grandchildren, we now have three with babies Alice and Benjamin born this year.
Larry and I at Niagara Falls in October.
As an artist I did not get as much painting in as I have in the past because of all the above reasons.
But those I did complete were great fun to work on and I am happy with the outcomes of each.
And I was lucky enough to check off a few bucket list events I was hoping to accomplish.
My first time to have a painting of mine appear in
Splash The Best of Watercolor.
My first time to be accepted into
The National Watercolor Society International Exhibition.
And, after a review by the signature committee,
to be awarded Signature Status in the NWS.
To be one of the artist highlighted by
The Art of Watercolor magazine for
their Readers Competition.
And, just recently, my painting "Glimmerglass" was accepted into the
9th Signature American Watermedia Exhibition.
I have been over the moon with each of these events in my life and feel very fortunate.
So what am I hoping for in the coming year?
I do have one big wish on my Bucket List.
And that is to gain Signature Status in the
American Watercolor Society.
I have been accepted into one show in 2016 and need one more to apply.
But if it doesnt happen this year I'll just keep trying.
But most of all to just keep painting things that I find exciting and can't
wait to get to every morning. Isnt that what we all want?
A reason to get up in the morning and make the most of the day.
Sometimes that's painting, sometimes its babysitting my grandchildren and sometimes it's hanging out with my husband Larry.
But whatever that something is for you, I hope you find it in 2018.
Happy New year!