Recap of 2015 and Goals for 2016

I can’t even believe that 2015 is wrapping up. Where did it go?

Beginning a painting of poppies
The beginning of a painting of poppies

2015 was a big year for me: I traveled a lot for my “real” job, I squeezed in a vacation to Hawaii, and to wrap up the year, I bought my first house! It was fun and exciting and busy to say the least! With all this, painting was totally the forgotten middle child.

Adding colour to the flowers and leaves
Adding colour to the flowers and leaves

Some stats from my website for 2015 that prove that painting was totally neglected this year:

Clearly the stats show that I am putting in much less effort, work, and time into my art and accompanying blog since I had very few new paintings and blog posts last year. Interestingly enough though, my range has increased since I went from reaching 96 countries in 2013, to 112 in 2014 to 121 in 2015. I’ve also sold a lot of prints on Etsy which is something I’ve never done much of before.

Everything is blooming
Everything is blooming

Looking back at 2015, I notice that I only did commissioned paintings. I basically just waited for someone to call me and ask me to paint them something specific. I didn’t do any of my own paintings where I channeled my own creative ideas – I let others tell me what inspires them. On one hand, I’m really proud that I have built up enough of a following that I can do this – previously no one was knocking on my door and throwing money at me in exchange for personalized paintings. However, I’m also a little sad when I look back on the year and don’t see any reference to 2015 hanging on my own walls. It’s like the year never happened. I have several 2013 and 2014 paintings that I have held onto but 2015 is just a ghost year in my painting history.

The end is near
The end is near

2016 is going to be different. I’m realistic enough to know not to expect miracles, so I am going to set the goal of completing only 3 paintings of my own and continuing to take commissions (however many come my way). Realistically, my full-time “real job” (engineer/consultant, that is completely unrelated to painting) keeps me plenty busy and also fulfilled as I truly do love it so I don’t ever intend on making painting a full time gig, but it certainly can (and should) take up more of my time than Netflix watching does.

36"x24" - Acrylic on Canvas
Completed – 36″x24″ – Acrylic on Canvas

I have already identified my painting room in my new house – it is big, with lots of light and it’s going to be great. And now that I have shared this goal with the interwebs, I feel accountable. So look forward to some original paintings coming out of Agata’s Art Corner in 2016.

Displayed in the living room
Displayed in the living room

Happy New Year to you all and thank you for reading!

Side view
Side view

What are some of your goals for 2016? Art and non-art related. Please share in the comments 🙂 

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Rainy Night in NYC

Not too long ago, I spent the weekend in NYC. It was the rainiest weekend ever. This resulted in a lot of indoor activities. Luckily art galleries are generally indoors.

Some steam after all the rain
Some steam after all the rain

We went to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) among other places, hoping to get inspired to paint. If I’m being completely honest (which I am) I’ll admit that I was quite disappointed by the lack of actual paintings there. Maybe I’m just not up to speed with modern art, but the majority of the art work there was just strange.

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Hastiness

I’ve had plenty of time to paint lately since I’ve been on holidays since December 9th. Expect an onslaught of new paintings showing up on the blog in the upcoming weeks. Even more exciting is that they’re all huge. No more 12×16″ canvases over here. I stocked up on a bunch of giant canvases (24×36″ and larger) and I’ve just been going to town. Large paintings make me happy so I’m gonna stick with it.

Let’s start with this one. You should probably know by now that I like rain and umbrellas. At least painting them. Not a fan of the stuff in “real life” at all.

I started with the background which was all done with a palette knife. Also my favorite way to paint since you’re basically throwing paint on a canvas and just moving it around. Cheaper than therapy. More fun than therapy. Sign me up.

background

And right after this dried, I added in the foreground, and got the finished piece. I’ve been slacking with taking progression photos since I’ve been taking less breaks (and that’s usually when I would snap some pictures). I’ll work on it 🙂

Hastiness - 24x36" Acrylic on Canvas
Hastiness‘ – 24×36″ Acrylic on Canvas

I named this painting ‘Hastiness’ because I don’t know about you, but when I’m walking in the rain, especially if I’m all dressed up, my pace definitely picks up. Get me somewhere warm and dry asap please!

Also, it’s a good reminder to slow down. I know my mind has been going a million miles a minute lately with “what ifs“. Finishing school and entering the real world (round 2 for me) can be exciting but there’s also a lot of uncertainty which can be scary.

Zoomed in view of lady with the umbrella
Zoomed in view of lady with the umbrella

I’m trying to remind myself to slow down, relax, and just go with the flow. Things have a way of working out, right? Please tell me I’m right!

Zoomed in view of the background
Zoomed in view of the background

I tried to do a little photo shoot with this painting in my parent’s living room to give you an idea of size. It’s really the perfect size to be a focal point in a room.

I think the door helps set a frame of reference
I think the door helps set a frame of reference

And here’s one more just for fun. Or maybe because I snapped about 20 and it seems like a waste to only show you one…

living room

Hopefully noticeable in the photos above, but the painting is done on a gallery wrapped canvas (art speak for ‘the canvas is 1.5″ deep, without staples on the edges, and the edges are painted, therefore it doesn’t require a frame’).

Do you have trouble slowing down and just going with the flow?  How do you deal with that? We all know I do, and clearly painting is my way of dealing with it. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

If you’re interested in purchasing this original painting, it is available for sale in my online store here.

Gift Giving Made Easy

As many of you know, I’ve been a “professional student” for the last 7.5 years which didn’t exactly leave me with much of a disposable income. When it comes to gift giving, it’s almost inevitable that I am going to paint you something. Luckily, my friends and family seem to prefer this to store bought gifts anyways, so it seems to work out (or at least that’s what they tell me haha).

My mom’s 50th birthday was December 1st, and leading up to it, she gave me her wish list.

She wanted this painting.
She wanted this painting.

But MUCH bigger.

Okay, great, I can do that.

Ta Da! Is 30x40" big enough for you?
Ta Da! Is 30×40″ big enough for you?

To put it in perspective, here it is relative to me. Clearly, it is MUCH bigger than the original 16×20″ that I’m holding in the earlier picture.

Please pardon the terrible lighting...
Please pardon the terrible glare from the lighting…

Luckily, my mom seemed to love it, and she also had a wonderful night celebrating her 50th birthday.

And here it is proudly displayed in its new home
And here it is proudly displayed in its new home
And here it is again. Just because. I kind of really like all the colors.
And here it is again. Just because. I kind of really like all the colors.

 

Do you prefer store bought or homemade gifts? I personally LOVE anything homemade. I genuinely look forward to receiving cards more than gifts since they’re usually the only personalized part of a gift (assuming the person took the time to get one and actually write something meaningful in it). In fact, if you’ve ever given me a card and wrote more than just your name in it, I probably still have it 🙂 

Are you done your holiday shopping yet? If not, be sure to check out my online store of original paintings and prints, or contact me for a commissioned painting. There isn’t much time left, but I’m all done school now (FOREVER!) so I’ve got plenty of time to make something special for you 🙂 

 

 

 

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