So a few days late but the time has come to say goodbye to the year that was 2018. How does one measure or assess a year? We all have our own ways whether it be checking bank balances or even counting any extra lines on your brow! But for me it’s what I’ve achieved, have I moved forward in my never ending journey to be a successful artist.
And I have to say I think 2018 had more ups than downs.
I expanded my audience by exhibiting in my home country of Poland as well as America and Italy. And nationally Bunclody, Dungarvan and Wexford. I won a few awards along the way. First in the Puck exhibition and a first in a portrait competition (Kathleen Browne Festival in Bridgetown). Not a first in Art in The Open but still a great honor to get a bronze at my favorite festival! Speaking of art festivals, I also gave a few workshops this year which were so rewarding (one in Dublin Plein Air Painting Festival and 3 to art groups), on that note I’ve been asked to give one this year at Art In The Open 2019!!
2018 was also my busiest year to date for trade shows seeing as I did three (Love Your Home, Bloom, ArtSource).
Lastly but definitely not leastly 2018 was the year I opened my own studio. A long time coming but like many great ideas, now that I’m there I’m thinking why didn’t I do this sooner! I’m delighted to have finally opened not least for the reason it’s teaching me how to switch off, shut the door and just enjoy my life a little bit more and not be on 24/7.
And that’s my 2018, I’ve probably forgotten something but overall not a bad year, and here’s hoping 2019 is every bit as good!
And to all my fans/patrons, supporters, friends and your families let’s have a great new year!
My favorite plein air paintings of 2018:
'Purple & Gold'
My favorite studio paintings of 2018:
'Time To Bloom'
'What We Leave BEhind'