2012 was a huge year for me. Three weeks into it, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.
It is now over a year later and I can say with certainty that I am shelving my paintbrushes for a while. I still (STILL) have some paintings that are unfinished (but partially done!) that I intend to complete. They are so, SO overdue, it's embarrassing. But I won't be soliciting commissions for a long time. There just isn't time in this full-time working mom's schedule to paint "on the side." There is no "on the side" at all. And I am OK with that. In a perfect world, I would be a stay-at-home mom. Or, considering how Type-A I am, a work-from-home mom. And I would make art and do crafts and blog about it all while my daughter was asleep....Maybe someday.
I completed two portraits in 2012. Quite the change from my previous years when I posted a big heart collage made out of that year's portraits. It is about quality, though, not quantity, right? I am very proud of these two portraits. Daisy the Portuguese Water Dog was done in acrylic on canvas. Maisie the Dutch Shepherd was done digitally, in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
Speaking of digital portraits, while I am putting away the paintbrushes indefinitely, I absolutely am able to create DIGITAL pet portraits. That kind of art fits into my schedule, as I am on my computer a LOT, and when I want to finish (digitally) painting, I just put the laptop down. No messy cleanup! Makes a huge difference! Digital portraits can be ordered here.
I wish I could say 2012 was all sunshine and rainbows. Sadly, the year concluded with some tremendous setbacks and challenges for my family. Prayers are very much appreciated! One day at a time...