Year end is the traditional time for evaluating the past and planning for the future and I’m no exception.
The twelve months past have been a satisfying year of artistic growth for me. I’ve made good progress on my Legends series and been pleased with the result. Even though I’ll continue to work on this series as inspiration demands, I’m ready to move forward in a slightly different direction. In the coming year, I hope to focus on my Women in Hats series.
I want to look back at last year's work but also look ahead to this year's creative path. I’ll keep painting cowgirls, of course, but I also want to depict subjects with a less agrarian bent. Who knows, I might paint women without hats!
T.S. Eliot remarked on this backward/forward looking exercise when he said:
“... last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning."
And new beginnings often lead into unknown territory, where the possibilities are endless and more than a little scary. Perhaps Dorothy said it best: “Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.”
So, anyway, here’s wishing you a happy, prosperous, and creative new year!
Until next time...