The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Painting Stats

I admit it's silly to count the number of paintings I've done. However, I work full-time and often feel guilty (?)/ stressed (?)/ sad (?) that I can't paint more than I do. So it helps me to review what I've done over the year.  So, drum-roll please.....

Number of paintings painted: 85  (that's 7.08 per month, sizes ranging from 6x6" to 18x24")
Number of finished graphite or ink drawings:  17
Number of workshops:  2
Number of pieces accepted into shows: 1 (a first for me)

I was rather surprised at the breakdown of subjects painted or drawn:

Landscape: 18
Still Life:  32  (I was on a painting from life kick all summer)
Floral:  17
Portraits: 17
Dogs:  9
Abstract: 9

I have to admit that they were not all blog-worthy paintings.  But these are the ones that I at least took a photograph of, just for the record. Not all of them were photo-worthy.  I completed a number of the still life paintings and drawings in my car during lunch breaks.  That helped to increase my overall numbers, as well as to save my sanity during our company's hostile takeover.

Picking a favorite painting of the year was, of course, like asking a mother to pick a favorite child. But I'd have to say it's this 8"x10" oil of a north Georgia waterfall:
I liked the color combinations, the thick brushstrokes, and the fact that it sold to one of my favorite people ever (thanks, E!).

Thanks for following along, even with my sparse postings through the year.  Here's to 2013. May all my paintings be blog-worthy, regardless of subject....


  1. Hi Monica,
    What?? A ghostly visit you say? hahaha. I finally found this site of yours, whew! You've created some great work with the portraits and of course you and animals...need I say more?? Awesome! This painting of the waterfall is very good work, not surprised that it sold. Hard subject matter for me, hard enough that I've never tried one, haha. One of these days.

    Just sent Val a pm over at WC...did you know she had cataract surgery? Hope she gets better soon. Miss you young lady and keep up the fantastic work here Monica.

  2. Hey Ron! Great to hear from you. Thanks so much for the comments, I really appreciate it. Will have to contact Val and see how she's doing. Thanks and take care.