Year in Review and Directions for 2018
We're coming to the end of 2017. As much as I hate how fast time flies I must admit that I'm glad to see it go. It was no easy year. Many obstacles, road blocks, and a general sense of impending doom as current events unraveled before my helpless eyes. But every action has an equal and opposite reaction, so with the bad comes a whole lot of good.
Artistically speaking 2017 was a strong year. There were art shows, the juried Cross Creek exhibit, exploring new mediums, giving a talk on my photo process, and the birthing of the 365 project. It would have been nice to have made more sales, but in exchange I received little seeds of ideas that I've been sowing throughout the year. Looking forward to launching some new stuff and traveling in new directions come 2018. Keep your eyes peeled for new growth.
I've just finished week 23 of the 365 project. This week I experimented with the gradient adjustment tool in the camera raw filter on Adobe Photoshop. I made some nice color adjustments creating a purply blue hue. Mixing that with the yellowy nature of the raw made for some nice complimentary creations.
#155: This is an electric wave of color. It is both soothing and exciting.
#157: This is shining a light on the portal that keeps opening up to me.
#159: Whoa. Flash zoom to the center.
#161: Back to basics. This color scheme is so soothing.
#156 This is a grouping of electric coils at a power plant.
#158: This is a ripple in time out of a cartoon. Flashback.
#160: An abstract oil painting. I can see the texture of the canvas.
This puts me at a total of 161 edits. I'm nearly half-way through. It was a major step forward in taking action on an idea that had been stewing in my brain for years. The project has been tedious at times. Sometimes I feel flat on ideas. Other times there is a wave of joy that surges me forward. I try to do an edit everyday, but sometimes my schedule gets out of hand and I find myself editing in batches. In spite of that I still move forward. There's no turning back now. No shortage of possibilities.
What have I learned from all this?
- How to be self-motivated, setting self-imposed deadlines and meeting them each week.
- Becoming more comfortable with digitally processing my photos.
- How to juggle and organize an increasing number of edits.
- How important it is to set aside time for working on passion projects lest they fall to the wayside.
- The merits of daily practice.
- The role of self-doubt in the artistic process.
- The relief of releasing worries and expectations.
- The joy of making art on a regular basis.
I always ask myself now what? More edits. More shows and exhibits. More writing. More art!
Thanks to all who have been following my journey. Looking forward to sharing more art with you. Wishing everyone a peaceful and bountiful new year!