By now, your holiday shopping and your holiday home decorating should be about complete. The menu should be in place and all that should be left to do is to be with the family, enjoying.
This is also a good time to look back at what has happened to you professionally and personally during 2011. If you are like me, you set some goals at the end of each year and try to achieve them. I have had many accomplishments that I would like to share with you, along with the blessings in my personal life.
The year 2011 started out this way:
In January, I participated in the Coconut Grove Peacock Tour. The unveiling became a huge celebration and the peacock, "Nassau Daddy", still stands proudly on the corner of Grand Avenue & Douglas Road in Coconut Grove. To see the making of this piece of public art, click here This peacock was sponsored by Pinnacle Housing and the Coconut Grove Collaborative.
|My family with "Nassau Daddy" in Coconut Grove|
Continuing with the art in public places, a six foot (plus) mama manatee, and her baby, was delivered to my garage. This was part of the South Miami Manatee Festival. Click here to view “The Making of Willy the Manatee’. As of this writing, she is still standing on the corner of Sunset & 57th Avenue in South Miami. This manatee was sponsored by Williamson Cadillac.
|My Mom with "Willy the Manatee" in South Miami|
In June, my piece “Fresh Lobster” was part of the Miami Watercolor Society Member’s Exhibit at the Wirtz Gallery in South Miami.
|"Fresh Lobster" - watercolor|
In July, I signed up with Deny Designs and started providing my art on their very beautiful and functional products. It feels great to see my creations in household items.
|"Garden Shadows" Duvet by Deny Designs|
In October, my painting “Dinner Key Marina” was part of the Miami Watercolor Society Signature Members and Award Winner’s Exhibit at the Hunter Gallery in Coconut Grove.
|"Dinner Key Marina" - watercolor|
In November, my painting “Wild Thing” was part of the Miami Watercolor Society Fall Exhibit at the Hunter Gallery in Coconut Grove. I am proud to say that this painting won Second Outstanding at that show.
|"Wild Thing" - Watercolor|
In December, I signed an agreement with Gecko Rouge Classique Cross Stitch and had many of my paintings turned into cross stitch patterns.
|"Queen of the Pond" - cross Stitch by Gecko Rouge|
What a year of many firsts in my art world. In my personal life, I was blessed with a second grandchild, Aaron. He and, his sister, Nola light up my life. I am also grateful that my son, daughter-in-law and baby Aaron survived a very bad car accident and have recovered.
Hoping that the year 2011 brought you many accomplishments and blessings. Happy holidays!