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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City Love

From Sept – Dec 2013, I had the daunting task of doing a capstone project to wrap up my Mechanical Biomedical Engineering degree. This project, known at Ottawa University as CAD-CAM is easily one of the most challenging projects I’ve ever done. My group members, Ben and Alex, and I worked on it basically every single day for those 3.5 months. Around the first month, before shit got real, Ben made a comment that by December my otherwise bright and happy paintings are going to be all black and ‘angry’ with splashes of red due to all the stress that we’re bound to experience.

Easily the best CAD group there ever was. L to R: Alex, me, and Ben.
Easily the best CAD group there ever was. L to R: Alex, me, and Ben.

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After Midnight

And just like that, 2013 is behind us. Seriously, where does time go?! I hope you all had a wonderful night welcoming in the new year.

After Midnight - 36x24" - Acrylic on Canvas
After Midnight – 36 x 24″ – Acrylic on Canvas

I’m more than excited to start 2014.  I recently finished my engineering degree and now I’m ready to begin “real life”. I put this off for long enough, and now I’m ready to dive head first into it.

Zoomed in section
Zoomed in section

It wouldn’t be a New Years post without some talk about resolutions though, now would it?! I’ll stick to art ones since that’s the focus of this blog.

Another zoomed in section
Another zoomed in section

My big one is to finally redesign this website. I picked a random template one day and figured I’d eventually build my own website, with a logo and such, but that clearly has not happened. So now that it’s in writing, hopefully I’ll feel accountable and more pressure to get it done. Anyone have experience with website design and wanna lend me a hand? Seriously!!!

On 1.5" think gallery wrapped canvas
Side view – 1.5″ thick gallery wrapped canvas

The second big one is to learn how to take photos of my art. Truthfully, I should have done this ages ago. Most people who buy my artwork online and then see it in real life always comment on how much better it looks in real life than in my photographs. This post is a good example of that… First of all, there’s no glare in the actual painting (duh), yet I can’t seem to take a photo without it. There’s also a lot of texture to to the painting since I painted most of it with just a palette knife. Unfortunately, due to my lack of photography skills, you can’t really see that. But mark my words, in 2014, the photographs will improve. Now is when I ask for help again… Anyone with photography skills wanna lend me a hand??? Perhaps we swap for painting lessons? Or I’ll make you dinner…. Seriously!

After Midnight

And lastly, as much as I don’t want to write this in a public forum because then I am making myself accountable, in 2014 I plan on contacting galleries to see if I can get my art work into any of them. Eeeeeeeek. Just seeing that in writing already gives me butterflies in my stomach. Vulnerability, rejection…  kinda sounds like both the job hunt and dating market. It’s gonna be a blast, I’m sure haha. But now that it’s in writing, I have to at least try. Right? Right. Please hold me accountable! Several of you amazing readers have already given me names of local galleries that I should contact and I do have that list somewhere. I will dig it out in 2014 and actually put myself out there.

After Midnight

And with that, let’s wrap up 2013 and welcome in the new year. I’d like to thank each and every one of you for all your support in 2013. If I say this a lot, it’s because I really really mean it. I truly appreciate it so much that I wish I could give each and every one of you a giant hug and a new years kiss!

H A P P Y    N E W    Y E A R    ! ! ! !

What are some of your new years resolutions?

Do you have photography or website design skills that you wanna lend this way? 

If you’re interested in this painting, After Midnight, it is available for sale here, or on Etsy.

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Merry Christmas

I’d like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas!!! 

18x24" - Festive Floral
18×24″ – Festive Floral – Acrylic on Canvas

I hope you all get to spend it with those nearest and dearest to you.

Zoomed in on flowers
Zoomed in on flowers

And remember that the best gift of all is love.

Another zoomed in section
Another zoomed in section

But art is a close second, since it is made with love 😉

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Thank you all for stopping by and reading and supporting my passion. I love you all very much and wish I could give each and every one of you a giant hug. A cyber hug will have to do in this case. Thank you again and Merry Christmas!

And yes, this painting is for sale. It can be found here. Or on Etsy

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