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Saturday, December 15, 2007

The year in retrospect, part 1

July 2007 Oil Paintings and Watercolors

click here to see the availability of each painting

December is flying by, and has been very busy. At work, I'm trying to finish up this semester and get grading done while preparing for the next semester that begins as soon as we return after Christmas break. At home, I'm preparing for the holidays - children returning from their various places of work and school, Christmas, baking, various events at church, etc. Then there is always just the regular housekeeping, laundry, & grocery shopping requirements. Throw in a few snow storms with the extra time for shoveling and snow removal, and there you have my life! All in all, things are very busy at this time of year! The painting has slowed down a bit - although, I am continuing to paint a little every day ...

This past week, I've completed the small steeple painting, which I will post soon. And I completed a larger landscape that I also will post soon.

In the meantime, though, it seemed like an important thing to reflect on this year as it will soon become the next year. For me, as an artist, a simple commitment made in July to paint every day has been extraordinary! Early in this new venture, I commented that there is a correlation between frequency and fluency. I believe I've seen the truth of that. Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting a retrospective of my journey over the past 6 months. It has been an exciting and sustaining endeavor. I've learned a lot about my craft and about myself along the way. I've also learned a lot about developing and using the gifts which God has given and wants me to use.

The picture above represents my first month of work... some of these paintings are sold and some are still available. I hope you will enjoy a look back at my journey, and you will see the growth too! Soon, it will be time to think about 2008 and the goals to create for next year.

To see all my recent work, please visit my website at
There you will see the larger works over the past few years, all my recent daily work, painted bowls, and stationery.


Debra J.Sepos said...

Helen, You have had a wonderful year!
Have a Merry Christ filled Christmas!

Anna said...

Helen the busy bee, looks like you have lots on your plate. You have done great work as it shows no just on this post, but on every of your posts. Great work and happy busy holidays, Anna :)

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