A Year in Review
At the end of the year, I like to review what I accomplished with my art throughout the year. As the pandemic continued in 2021, some exhibitions and events were cancelled while others were in-person. I was excited to have artwork accepted by the Studio Art Quilt Associates group to be shown at Intersect Chicago. Unfortunately, the in-person event was cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns. However, a video of the artwork that was selected for the SAQA booth can be seen here.
Over the year, I created 33 new artworks, with most of them being small. The largest piece I made in 2021 was Portrait of Flathead Lake (pictured above). It measures 61″ x 30-1/2″. Previously, I wrote a post explaining the inspiration for this artwork.
I explored a new direction with my Daily Press/Press Daily artwork. It uses up-cycled materials like men’s shirts. It was my most “out-of-my-box” piece of the year. In 2022, I hope to continue pushing the envelope and moving outside my comfort zone and medium.
Every week, I track the time I spend on my art business. In 2021, I worked an average of around 20 hours per week on my art business. That includes studio time, as well as administrative time.
One of the highlights of the year for me was driving to Jackson, Wyoming to drop off a commissioned artwork for a new assisted living complex. The piece was commissioned in 2020 and the delivery capped a year-long process. While there, my husband and I hiked in Grand Teton National Park.
I was unable to go back at a later date for the opening of the building. But I received a photograph showing the artwork installed from a person from the public art commission.
That’s my year in review in a nutshell. I hope this year is productive and full of new discoveries.