Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 in Retrospect

It's New Years Eve and I'm feeling a bit retrospective tonight. I thought about the past year & how my art progressed in 2013. What events did I have that triggered art - all the while I have an eye on 2014 and wondering what the new year will bring.

Someone posted a great saying on Facebook tonight. It said "Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Make it a good one." What a wonderful way to look at things, and I have decided to see 2014 that very way. And this blog will help me stay focused on it.

In review of 2013, I can think of 3 major events of the past year that altered or affected my art.

Firstly, I lost my dear friend Peg in the spring. It wasn't suppose to happen. She had had cancer, she had beaten it, all was well. But it came back & took her quickly. It wasn't suppose to have happened that way -- but it did. Her favorite color was yellow so I did a painting after she passed, "Weeping Sunflower"



Secondly, I branched out on my art into the real world as I call it. I arranged an ongoing art project with a local library, where I create commissioned home portraits. This has been a great project that I hope will continue in the new year, and I plan to grow it further by reaching out to other towns as well. What sparked this adventure? Two home portraits I did of 1930 homes of a neighboring town: Blue Striped Awnings & Round Porch. It is where I discovered my love of painting architecture.




Thirdly, my first art show in October. I did two paintings specifically for this show: "The Mansion" and it's associated outbuilding "The Carriage House." Interestingly enough, these 2 buildings are located in the same town where the ongoing Home Portrait project is taking place.




All of these paintings are still available and can be purchased either through my DPW gallery or for some, my website. Here are the links to them if interested:
Weeping Sunflower - 9x12 acrylic on canvas board
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/nan-johnson/weeping-sunflower/152676

Round Porch - 9x12 acrylic, mounted on black foam board with black mat, overall size: 12x16
Blue Striped Awnings - 9x12 acrylic, mounted on black foam board w/black mat, overall: 12x16
The Mansion - 16x20 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, painting continues on 2" sides
The Carriage House - 11x14 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, painting continues on 1/2" sides
All four architectural paintings can be found here:
http://www.nanjohnsonfineart.com/architecture.html

And I wish everyone a safe, happy, & healthy New Year!

1 comment:

CrimsonLeaves said...

Nancie, I hope 2014 is a great year for you and I like your resolve to count it as a blank book and starting with a positive. I love your homes series and while I find it a personal type of art, I sure do love it. I think many states have a Rte. 66 group dedicated to that highway. I wonder if you could contact them about doing some of the still intact buildings that cropped up when that highway came through...I know here in IL there is such a group and I know that in the town we used to live (Odell), there is a wonderful gas station still standing. Just a thought...

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