Bye bye 2016! And good riddance and don't let the door hit you on the way out - and all the other similarly appropriate cliches. Yes I am one of those people who had a lousy year and is more than ready for new beginnings.
My first full year of year of retirement, which was supposed to be a transition into a more creative life, was instead filled with death, near death, and other unpleasantries. Death: most close to me of course was my mother. And also her sister just a couple months later; and a cousin, a long-time family friend, a friend/mentor/former boss, and an uncle to round out the year. Unpleasantries included 2 major back surgeries for my husband just 10 months apart, with a chaotic house sale/purchase/move and consolidating 3 households worth of stuff (ours, mom's, and our former cabin up north) in between, and a few car troubles sprinkled in just for fun. Near death: my own. If I hadn't insisted to my doctor "we are missing something, I know there is something wrong", I would likely not be here typing this.
But here I am! And looking forward to a MUCH better year ahead. I have my creative workspace settled enough now that I'm actually able to work in it. So far that's mostly entailed sewing, but I've also been doing some drawing and have taken paint to canvas a couple times. And it feels great.
Right now I am gearing up to teach my first ever portrait class at Gallery 194 - starting in just 11 days! - gathering reference materials and supplies, and practicing. Part of that practice for me is doing more JKPP portraits; my 2016 output was pathetic compared to prior years - only 17 all year, with none at all from March through October. But I did manage to crank out a few I think turned out really well (a few others, not so much.)
Now before I get off line and go back to practing drawing faces, here's a compilation of my 2016 JKPP portraits.
Happy New Year!