2022 is over and now’s a great time to reflect on what went well, what went wrong, and what’s the plan going forward.
I did this back in 2020 but missed 2021 (consistency isn’t my strength).
What Went Well
Here’s what went well during the year:
- I produced less work but of a higher quality. I seem to be taking longer to finish my paintings. I think one reason for this is that I have tightened up my technique and given myself less room for error. Another reason is that experience allows me to see so many more options to improve the painting that I was naive to before.
- We did family trips to Kingfisher Bay and Noosa. These were my favorite holiday locations when I was a child. It’s nice to see Elora experience the same childhood joys. Hopefully, she will enjoy fishing as well!
- I started portrait painting. It’s challenging, particularly in the sense portraits are less forgiving than landscapes. People can tell if you don’t get the nose just right or you make the hands a touch too big. But this makes it exciting.
- We hung many of my paintings around the house. We also developed a good relationship with a local framer and had several paintings framed.
- New posts: 18. My favorite is Susan Goddard: Advice on Watercolors and the Art Life. The comments on this highlight just how kind and encouraging the art community is.
- New paintings: 21. Below are my favorites.
What Didn’t Go Well
- Hardly did any drawing. Time has been limited and I have preferred brush and color over pencil. But, if I want to keep improving in painting, I need to keep drawing.
- It was the year of illness. I’ve never been so frequently sick. I’ll chalk that up to Elora’s first year at daycare.
- Didn’t read many new art books.
- Kobe still struggles with the stairs.
My goals haven’t changed:
- More painting, drawing, and writing.
- More fishing.
- Keep being a good dad and partner.
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.
Dan Scott With Chontele, Elora, and Kobe
Draw Paint Academy