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Friday, December 31, 2010
  new year thoughts

Iced in on this New Year's Eve 2010, and contemplating the lows and highs of the past year in my art life. Things certainly began badly..art sales were slow for me last winter, and expenses high. If I'd known then that 2010 would turn out to be my best year to date for art income, I'd have spared myself some sleepless nights and general anxiety! It's a pattern though, one that I've observed in over 25 years of ups and downs in the art world. Things may look very bleak, and then suddenly there is a breakthrough, an opportunity, a new idea, a sale, a gallery call, some form of recognition...and once again, there's forward momentum.

2010 was my first full year of giving workshops, which was the best new development for me. They ranged from one-day sessions in my studio to three day classes in various locations around the country...culminating in a private session on the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands in November. (THAT was more that I imagined possible when I first started teaching in 2009.)

Every workshop I taught was its own adventure, and I loved the travel, connecting with interesting people around the country, making new friends, and the satisfaction of providing other artists with something they value (while learning plenty from them as well.) I was touched and honored that even in the slow economy, artists were willing to pay tuition and sometimes considerable travel costs to come to my classes. Only a few classes had less than full enrollment. (I'm looking forward to adding some new locations and new content in 2011--I'll be posting my calendar soon, and sending out a newsletter to people on my workshop mailing list.)

In the studio, it was a productive year, and I had three exhibits in 2010 (at Circa Gallery in February, and Darnell Fine Art and Telluride Gallery both in October.) Over the course of the year, I felt a shift away from specific references to my 2008 artist residency in Catalonia, though influences remain. New techniques for adding lines and gestural marks, as well as more contrast, and evidence of paint layers evolved. I will have quite a bit of new work online when I launch my new website in January. Actually it's going to be two websites--my main one will focus on my paintings--a straightforward gallery/portfolio site. The other (www.CrowellArtConnection.com...that's not an active link yet) will be aimed at artists, and have my teaching info, writings, links, and so on. At least that's how I envision things now--I'm heading for Ithaca, NY next week to get down to specifics with my website designer.

Tonight I'm feeling grateful for a good year now past, and optimistic about what's ahead. I wish all of you satisfying work, new ideas and a pleasing degree of prosperity. And that you experience great generosity, both in what you are given, and in what you give back to others, as well.
 
Comments:
look forward to seeing your art this year Rebecca.
All the best for the new year more high notes to come
 
thanks David, and best wishes to you as well.
 
best wishes for the new year ... and I'm looking forward to the new artconnection.com site.
 
Rebecca,
I really enjoy your blog and work.
Best wishes for 2011.
Elizabeth
 
thanks friends, it is so nice to know of your appreciation.
 
your post was so timely for me.
it was only after looking at my spreadsheets for 2010 did i realize it was my best year to date for sales, though i didn't feel that way.
i was feeling pretty down about 2011 this morning, though i was still at my easel :-)
thanks for the encouragement, and for the reminder.
 
that's great Ben, and congratulations on your good year. As they say, the numbers don't lie...
 
Happy New Year, Rebecca, and I'm glad 2010 turned out so well for you.
Here comes a new painting year...
 
I've enjoyed your blog this year, Rebecca. So happy it was a good year for you! One of the high points of 2010 for me was the workshop in Longmont! Looking forward to another great painting year!! Anna Keller
 
Jala and Anna--Longmont was definitely a highlight for me too. What a wonderful group of artists. Best wishes for 2011.
 
Wishing you continued success, wonderful challenges, and artistic satisfaction for the upcoming year.

Thanks for all of the inspiration you've so generously given this past year through your blog.

Best wishes,
Lynn.
 
Thank you Lynn, and I am touched by your appreciation for what I do.
 
Congratulations Rebecca. It has been a great joy getting to know you this year.
 
the feeling is mutual!
 
Rebecca--I was inspired by your willingness to list the highs and lows of your year and your clear, frank assessment of mark making. I look forward to seeing the division of your website into two distinct websites; cell division at work!
Best for the new year.
 
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