This year I tried to meet a set painting goal. I wanted to finish 36 paintings, which would have doubled my output in 2013. I figured that taking a teaching break would allow me the time to really put out a lot of pieces.
Well, I came up short about 10 pieces. I also did not finish painting any larger scale paintings. I am working on two right now, and these should be finished up this month.
My shortcoming in painting output fell upon the middle section of the year. I had a few health problems with anemia, vitamin D deficiency, and iodine deficiency. I lost more than half of my hair and had trouble concentrating and with moodiness. Painting is definitely a pleasure for me and if you are not feeling good, it is hard to enjoy the process.
The exciting thing is the photo shoot reference trip to Montana and Wyoming. A few pieces have already been finished from this, and they have a different look to them in the environment. It is good to look back through the year to see transitions.
The newer pieces have more golds and grays, instead of blue skies and bright colors.
I also painted a piece for my new nephew of a circus bear.