January 1 seems like a strange day to set aside as a day of new beginnings. If not for the quirk that it is the first day of the Gregorian calendar year, it would be just an ordinary and probably dreary mid winter day. But we have made it a time to reassess priorities, contemplate missteps, and plan for the future. And oddly enough, just taking the time for contemplation and goal setting can make the future look brighter even if the skies outside are grey.
I ended 2013 by painting this watercolor of Bryce Canyon for my son in celebration of his new beginning of graduating from college. He requested Bryce Canyon because of a hiking trip we took there two summers ago. That was a fun trip. The bright colors, the hoodoos, and every twist and turn on the trail were adventures. The painting was a bit of an adventure and challenge also. All that pink! I had to look carefully for variations of pink, purple, orange, and blue to give it some depth. The sage green trees helped give it some scale and also toned down the pink.
Now, 2014 is a blank slate or in my case, a blank sheet of watercolor paper. Here it is with some of my favorite desk tchotchkes. The miniature Ford Fairlane and Falcon are from my childhood electric racecar set. The blue van is a replica of “Big Blue” that we drove in Malawi. The wire letter holder was made by a Malawian artist, Peace Banda. The Hobbit pez dispenser set is a 2013 Christmas present. Now I’m ready to create. Any ideas?
I am an artist who specializes in watercolors. I also love to travel and find inspiration in those special places and with the interesting people I meet along the way.