I started 2018 by changing things up a bit. I produced just three paintings, but all were larger than the typical 5"x5" pieces I've been making over the past year.
The ever-popular saguaro cacti were featured in a special request painting I made, and I felt that their stature deserved to be featured in a format with more height - so 5"x7" it was. These guys met with enthusiastic approval and packed up for their new Kentucky home - I'm just hoping they survive the winter temperatures. ;-)
I've been doing some volunteer work for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA), and produced two paintings that were inspired by the furry friends they help there. These paintings are both 8"x8", and 20% of their sale price will be donated to HSSA. They both remain available as of the time I hit "publish" on this blog post (shop here!).
This month featured some unique challenges for a family member, and addressing those meant that I wasn't able to create as I would have otherwise. However, my flexible work and life proved to be a really great benefit at a time like this, when I was glad to be able to be where I needed to be and do what I needed to do.
I've returned to Tucson now. I'm starting a drawing class at the nearby Northwest Art Center, run by Pima County Parks & Recreation. It seems like it's going to be a great class, and the instructor has only been teaching it for 45 years (!!). He does some amazing realism work and although that's not exactly my goal, I do look forward to honing my techniques and hopefully learning to enjoy drawing more. Drawing has just never been my favorite thing, but it's also a necessary component to most of the work I produce. It's also the first drawing class I've taken in 20 years, which makes me feel a bit over-the-hill. Oh time, you're just so slippery!