Friday, December 22, 2017

2017 look back

Everybody says it but it is too true. Time passes too quickly anymore! Hard to believe this year is coming to a close. 
Looking back I created a ton of art!!! Almost a painting everyday! I started off finishing up my alphabet kids....

And though I never put it into a book I may still do that some time.... 
after that I went on to making paperdolls and practicing my lettering....

Then I started the 100 day project and created a “joyous watercolor” everyday for 100 days!!!!!

Shortly after and during that I worked on some assignments for the make art that sells boot camp class with Lilla Rogers! I don’t seem to have pics in my phone of the final projects....but it was fun and inspired me to really want to try to start submitting my art to different types of companies.... housewares, kids clothing, fabric etc. still haven’t done it but It will be at the top of my 2018 list. 

Then I did 30 days of painting cabins...

Then Inktober....

Then the cabins inspired houses with quilts

And then a 3 color series 

And then these yellow circles that I dreamed up well laying awake with insomnia

And then these baby images came  about

And really there was more art than this but if you want to see almost all of it you can just follow me on Instagram where I post daily. 
I have a new series started which you can see there if you go....

And through all of this art I really did manage to work full time, spend time with family and live a normal life. 

According to my goodreads page I read 26 books in 2017.... some on audible, some actually paper books. Alot of the books I read were, like last years, about bookshops. A lot were set in the highlands. Some were about knitting, some about writing. Many that I listened to were actually read by the author, which makes it really nice. You can see my list 

We went on vacation to a cabin in Allegany state park that I don’t think I ever posted about..... we hiked, watched hummingbirds, shopped at the huge antique store in town or at the gift shop which, like many buildings there, was built by the civilian conservation corps and still looks like a 50’s camp lodge, like ‘dirty dancing’ could have happened there. And we sat around and read. 

We enjoyed our garden and did some canning

But the hardest part if the year was having all my children, but Jace, move not only out of the house but across the country. Bran the oldest was already in Arizona but now Jesse, the next in line,  moved out there as well.

They drove across the country together and I loved seeing all their photos but I was so anxious about their trip. I thought if they didn’t get killed they might kill each other. But on top of that type of worry it was just hard to have them gone.... kind of like the worry I had during each of their senior years.... like you are losing them or it’s too late to do all the things you meant to do as a parent. It really was quite a difficult time for me. 

But they made it there, and they are both doing great!

And it also meant no more babysitters, or help with our son Jace. That has been an adjustment. I finally found a great sitter to watch him after school till we get home from work.  But the girls still miss him too.....

I do have another son, Wade, who moved out to Ohio at the same time, but no photos to show.... he is not always agreeable to photo taking. I miss him just as much but it is a little different with  a son. He, also seems to be doing well away from NY.  
All this moving out left me with an empty room to remodel into the art room I have always wanted. I will do a post soon with detail photos of my room. I am loving that!!!

Well, that is the highlight reel of my year! Hope you enjoyed it. Now onto plans for 2018.......

Merry Christmas, happy holidays and all to everyone reading.... 
see you next year!


  1. A beautiful post. Merry Christmas.

  2. WOW! I knew you had done so much this past year but it's VERY impressive all line dup like that!! Congratulations on a wonderfully creative year and I look forward to seeing what you create and discover in the coming one (Getting my instagram account going is a top of the list priority for me in the coming year!)

    Quite a lot fo change there with the kids etc. I think art has been a constant for you in the midst of it all too, which is a beautiful thread to have running through so many changes and new chapters of life.

    I look forward to looking thru your Goodreads list for some inspirations for reading this year. I just finished my 30th book of the year, which was my goal at the start of the challenge. :)

    Merry Christmas Andrea and enjoy the last days of this year there!

  3. you have created a lot of gorgeous art this year! :)

    that cabin area looks like a great place to just relax and de stress

  4. A lovely look back, Happy New Year!

  5. I admire your art. It seems so innocent, bright, uplifting.
    No wonder you are feeling the empty nest syndrome what with almost all your children leaving at once. You must be a great parent with them all feeling like they can go out there a face the world so far from home. You are blessed. Happy New Year and Happy New Life. Can't wait to see that art room.