Year in Review

I have spent some time this month reviewing 2016 and preparing for 2017. So, I thought I would share a quick overview of 2016 accomplishments:

JANUARY

I "assisted" my talented sister-in-law with a photo shoot for a magazine. Actually, one of her images became the cover of the magazine. I put assisted in quotes because I really just showed up for the party and watched her do her magic. I am so grateful for the opportunity. Did I say she is talented? Yes. Well, you can see some of her work here: http://www.cindyangerer.com/

FEBRUARY

I donated a framed version of this image to the Taste of Salado fundraiser for the Public Arts League of Salado.

New Season Fog, Digital Photography, Copyright © 2015
New Season Fog, Digital Photography, Copyright © 2015

I am happy to announce that I did not have to do the "walk of shame" with the work under my arm at the end of the event. Thank you to the generous supporter who bid on my work, as well as supporting the Arts in Central Texas.

MARCH

I had the opportunity to visit friends in Las Cruces, New Mexico and my gracious hostess, Peggy, introduced me to some of the wonderful galleries in Las Cruces. It was such a fun visit with wonderful hosts. I love New Mexico.

APRIL

I think I already posted about participating in the 15-Minute A Day Creative Challenge in April. But, since this is a recap, here is a peek at the first thing I created, in 15 minutes (or more) per day. This old car did take several 15 minute blocks of time. And, while it isn't what I consider finished or gallery-worthy, it represents my commitment to a daily creative endeavor.

Watercolor, Copyright © 2016 SuZan Alexander
Watercolor, Copyright © 2016 SuZan Alexander

MAY

I am shamed to report that there were not a lot of artistic endeavors worth sharing in May - unless painting the Master Bedroom counts. I did, however, continue with my daily/weekly/monthly goal for post-processing images.

JUNE

In June, I hosted my first give-away. I worked on a Watercolor Batik that I offered to my Newsletter "Tribe". The beauty of watercolor batik is that each final work is unique. You may use the same paint, same paint colors, the same process, but each one takes on their own unique look.

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JULY

I made a trip to Palo Duro Canyon and the Cadillac Ranch in July and I can't wait to return.

Digital Photography, Copyright © 2016 SuZan Alexander
Digital Photography, Copyright © 2016 SuZan Alexander

AUGUST

August was SERIOUS. I met with a CPA, as well as the Comptroller to set-up bookkeeping for the Studio so I could start offering my image for sale online.

SEPTEMBER

This isn't art related, but, in September, I cut my hair so I could fulfill my wish of contributing my hair to make wigs for cancer patients and celebrate my own survivor status.

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OCTOBER

The Texas Professional Photographers Association (TPPA) held an event in San Marcos that I was happy to get a chance to attend. What a great event and even better group of photographers. I can not wait to attend next year.

NOVEMBER

I participated in Flood the Streets with Art and left five images around Salado for shoppers to find.

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DECEMBER

I am happy to report that I FINALLY completed organizing and post-processing images with a few days of 2016 to spare. Now, I can start 2017 "fresh".

If you made it this far, thanks! Just so I do not write another long post like this one, I plan to be more consistent with my blog and social media posts in 2017. I even have a plan that I am very excited about and I look forward to sharing it with you.  Tomorrow is the second month of the 2017 party, so... Let's get going!

Happy Year of the Rooster

Happy New Year! Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year. Since 2017 is the year of the Rooster, I thought I would share a warm-up painting exercise of a rooster I painted years ago. Oil on Panel, Copyright © 2009 SuZan Alexander

Okay, I KNOW this is not a rooster, but I am throwing it in as a "poultry bonus" just because I have a feeling it is going to be a great year. Well, that and she has been staring me down in the studio for a few years now.

Watercolor, Copyright © 2012 SuZan Alexander

 

Creative Challenge Update

I thought I would post an image of my progress this week. I am slowly buy surely working on the watercolor painting of the old, rusty truck I started last week. I hope you have had a productive and creative week!

15 Minute Challenge :Week 2 Watercolor, SuZan Alexander, Copyright 2016

Creativity Challenge Update

Last week I posted about the 15 Minutes-a-Day Creativity Challenge. This was my first, full week with the Challenge. So, you ask, how was my first full week in the "Creative Sandbox"? Pretty good. I think I missed one day this week. But, while I missed one day, I spent well over 15 minutes painting each of the other days of the Challenge, so, I figure it all evens out in the end. As I mentioned in last week's post, I started with a large watercolor painting of an old rusty vehicle which has a lot of texture. I wish I had started with something a little less challenging that would reflect more progress because I'm an instant gratification kind of gal that way. Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of patience and generally work pretty slow, but I really want these 15 minutes I carve out of my day to be fun, quick, little exercises in the future. My thinking is that these exercises have the potential of becoming great opportunities for experimenting and learning. And, learning is always a winner in my book. I also see them as opportunities to experiment and add techniques to my proverbial tool belt. Like I said, win all the way around. I am so glad I found Melissa Dinwiddie's Challenge. I hope you too will find 15 minutes each day to do something creative.

I still consider this week's watercolor painting a work in progress, but since we're all friends here, I've included my progress so far:

Days 1-6:

15 Minute Challenge Days 1-3 Watercolor, SuZan Alexander

15 Minute Challenge Days 4-6 Watercolor, SuZan Alexander

 

15 Minute Challenge Day 7 Watercolor, SuZan Alexander

Now, it's your turn. Did you work on something creative this week? If so, let me know what you did.

Have a great weekend. I hope you make some time to create.