As we approach the end of another year, I find it a good time to evaluate how far I’ve come, how much my skills have increased, and where I would like to go from here.
This year I have been studying with the Virtual Art Academy (July 1 blog) to fill in a lot of the gaps left from my informal, self-directed art education. It has helped my work improve immeasurably. Admittedly, not every painting reaches my highest level of achievement, but learning is an ongoing process. I intend to continue applying the lessons learned there and through my own related studies.
Some of the areas in which I’ve been aware of improvement include use of color to achieve a sense of perspective, closer observation to the causes of certain visual effects, drawing skills, composition, more accurate depiction of form, more effective use of values, and more confident brushwork. I know there’s still a lot of room for improvement, but that’s a lot to have learned in a short time. So I’m pleased with how far I’ve progressed to this point.
Now the question remains, where shall I go from here? I expect to resume teaching watercolor locally, during Florida’s “Snowbird Season.” I will continue to work with acrylics (see #120814 – “Preserve Shadows,” above) as well as with watercolors. And it’s also time to make my work more widely available to the general public. So I will consider participating in more art shows during the coming year and will strive to increase my gallery representation.
Among other things, I look forward to doing some more traveling to see fine art masterworks in person, to experience a bit of other cultures, and to otherwise broaden my intellectual and artistic horizons.
I wish you all safe and happy holidays, and hope you fare well in the coming year, whatever seasons of change and transition may lie ahead.