I'm less than three weeks away from my due date. Needless to say, I'm a wee bit overwhelmed. But I'm taking a moment to reflect on this last year. It was a doozy.
Me and The Bean: Chicago, April 2011
22 portraits in 12 months (not too shabby for a pregnant chick)
In 2011, I...
...visited New Orleans, LA for the first time
then, a week later, I...
...visited Chicago, IL for the third time (first with Kevin)
...got pregnant (also for the first time)
...had a painting published in a charity art book
...exhibited my dog portraiture in an art gallery (for the second time)
...created my first all-digital pet portrait
...branched out of just teaching Graphic Design, picking up two Fine Arts classes at the high school where I work
...visited Lake George, NY for the first time
...had my best-ever Etsy sales month (in December)
...discovered a new meaning to my 2011 word for the year (temple), through my pregnancy
...completed 22 dog portraits in 12 months
I hoped the final tally of portraits for 2011 would be 29 instead of 22, as I have seven outstanding portraits hanging over my head: three contest winners and the last four "30 Dogs" pieces. But, alas, another thing I did in 2011 was learn to let go. I had to put myself and the health of my baby first, which meant shelving some projects. I'm a little too Type-A to do this gracefully, but I did it. At least I have work lined up for 2012!
I've chosen a word for the new year, but I'm keeping it to myself. Perhaps this time next year I'll reveal it, along with all of the ways the word manifested itself in my life. I'm curious what I'll have posted, art-wise, a year from now. With the arrival of a baby, art production for me could go either way: I might be super-prolific or totally stagnant. Or anywhere in between. Time will tell.
No matter what, 2012 promises to be a great year for this girl! Hopefully for you, too!
Happy New Year!