First, thanks for all your support last year. If you read a post, commented, emailed, purchased, or shared—thank you.
What a strange and turbulent year it was. Now is a great time to reflect on what went well, what didn't go well, and what to do in 2021.
What Went Well
I'm excited to announce that Chontele is pregnant with our first child. She just entered her second trimester. So 2021 is already looking like a busy year for us.
Here are some other things that went well:
- We moved into a new home with my own studio room. A nice upgrade from the garage I was painting in.
- It was Chontele's second year working with me. She has been fantastic. Many of you have chatted with her via email throughout the year. She makes sure everything runs like a business so that I can keep doing the artsy stuff.
- I started doing more plein air work, though not enough. Travel restrictions made it hard.
- I spent the first half of the year improving my drawing skills.
- I had prints created for a few recent paintings. More details to come on this.
- I wrote just over 100 new posts. The most popular were my posts on Marie Bashkirtseff: A Closer Look at Marie Bashkirtseff's The Umbrella and Marie Bashkirtseff – Stunning Realism, Muted Colors, and Wise Words.
- I created around 20 paintings. Most of which I'm pleased with. Below are a few.
What Didn't Go Well
2020 was certainly not without challenges. Here's what didn't go well:
- It was a static year. Lots of time in the house and not much travel.
- Exercise took a hit, along with a few other good habits. Before the pandemic hit, I was training for a marathon that was to take place in July. It was canceled, but I should have continued training and run it alone. I took the easy way out and used the pandemic as an excuse to stop training.
- My painting, drawing, and writing was erratic. I got a lot done, but I would progress faster with added structure and routine. I expect this to be an ongoing battle throughout my life.
- I didn't get much drawing practice done in the second half of the year. My focus was on painting, however, I should have continued doing at least some drawing.
- Kobe still hasn't conquered the stairs at our new home. He tries hard, but I usually end up carrying him down myself. And it's no easy task carrying a squirming, 8-year-old golden retriever down the stairs.
Here are my goals for 2021:
- Be a great dad.
- Create good work.
- Become a better artist.
- Catch more fish.
What went well? What went wrong? What's next? Feel free to share in the comments.
Again, thanks for everything. It's a pleasure to create art and share my findings with you.
Happy new year!
Dan, Chontele, Kobe, and Baby Bump