2018 in Review. What’s Next?

2018 was “quite a year”. It started with a bang. Not the kind one would like but the outcome was good. Late January, my husband was diagnosed with a serious heart blockage. Fortunately nothing a very long stent couldn’t take care of. Even so I was unprepared for both his physical recovery time and my even longer psychological acceptance time. In other words we both slowed down a bit, okay maybe a lot but there were still plenty of wonderful art-related happenings.

Kiwi- Unexpected Sight (menthol crystals)

My art at the Judith Kaufman Gallery in the El Portal Theatre.

 

I had three very successful shows. I started 2018 being a guest exhibitor with Marjorie Sarnat at the Judith Kaufman Gallery at the historical El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. Marjorie is an extremely talented artist. To have my art hung next to hers was a huge honor. 

My art was also in the Thousand Oaks Art Association’s 2018 Member Show where my “Odyssey,” took 2nd place in Photography. Last but not least, I submitted to 2018 HOOK’ed on Microscopy competition, sponsored by Clemson University’s Light Imaging Facility. I was thrilled to learn that people who are experts in the microscopy field awarded my “Kiwi – Unexpected Sight” image 3rd place. My art was also in the Light Imaging Facility’s 2019 calendar.

I was also  very fortunate to have been featured in several publications: 805 Magazine, Westlake Magazine and E-Squared Magazine.

My art continues to be licensed by Le Galeriste clothing line out of Montreal and also the UK’s Uprosa on their electronic device cases and accessories. Late in the year, my “Plume” (lidocaine) image graced the cover of Primary Dental Journal published out by the Royal Society of Surgeons in England.

Plume on cover of Primary Dental Journal published by The Royal Society of Surgeons

As I’m told, and it certainly seems to be true, part of the definition of being an artist is one never stops dreaming about new projects. In 2018, I started to work with acrylics, specifically fluid acrylics. I love painting with this approach. From there I started painting abstracts, while continuing with my crystal art. I guess 2018 was very busy.

“Coat of Arms” Fluid Acrylic art 8″ x 10″

“Coastal Road” Fluid Acrylic art.

 

 

I’ve seen such wonderful results from others using resin and late 2018 I tried ArtResin’s product. Fortunately ArtResin has an extensive tutorial and FAQ section that helped me a lot. Still, I managed to email them with some obscure questions not covered. ArtResin got back to me the next day with answers.

The first piece I resined came out pretty good even though I really didn’t know what I was doing. That speaks well of their product. Best thing for me was I didn’t need a respirator for their resin. Almost no smell at all, so I could resin in the house.

So what’s next in 2019? It started out on a very good foot. I have an order for several new art pieces, I’ll be featured in Sanctuary Magazine’s February edition, and made several new contacts including with a pharmaceutical company. And that was by the end of the first week.

 

Crystal Art Outfitters’ “Wild Jungle” Crystal Yoga Pants

I plan to resume breaking into the textile world, expand the types of crystals I create, and of course continue to paint. How ever it plays out I plan to have a full and fun 2019. Stay tuned.

Crystal Art Outfitter’s “Fall Leaves” Crystal Yoga Pants.

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