Goodbye 2009! Happy New Year Everyone!

Ian 5x7_web

5"x7" walnut ink and colored pencil

This year has really flown by for me.  I’ve been busy drawing and painting artist trading cards and I haven’t come up for air very often.  I counted up my scans for the year and found that I had made 204 ATCs  for swaps and personal trades–and that doesn’t include a few 5×7  and 4×6 pieces that I had done on request.  All finished art, not sketches.   I’ve never made so much art in my life.   I’m pretty pleased about that.

So what about 2010?  What goal do I have?   I want to relax and enjoy myself.   Instead of working on a list of things to improve, I’m going to work on a list of things it would be fun to explore.   I’ve learned that when  I’m having fun and getting enthused my work tends to improve on it’s own.  When I struggle and strive,  my work gets tight and strained.  I may learn some new techniques but the drawing seems flat and lacking.

Well, that’s my theory.

Thanks everyone for visiting during the year and leaving me such wonderful comments.   I love sharing my work with you.  I wish you all the best for 2010 and hope you have a safe and Happy New Year!

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18 responses to “Goodbye 2009! Happy New Year Everyone!

  1. Mellanie,
    I’m so glad you liked the pansies in person — it’s nice to know they went to a good home. 😉

    AND, I truly appreciate all of the wonderful comments you leave for me. I’m sorry I tend to be more of a lurker, but you are a daily read for me. Your self-portraits are my favorites, although everything you do is wonderful.

    Best of luck in 2010!

    • Mellanie

      Hey Karen, I’m usually a blog lurker as well. I’m so pleased that you enjoy the blog. I wish I could draw something great every single day like you do. Have a fabulous year–looking forward to seeing more of your work on Etsy!

  2. Kat

    I like your dog.

  3. This is really awesome! I love how the light is reflecting off the fur. Nicely done!

    • Mellanie

      Thanks Sherie. I’m so pleased you like my work. Your pencil work is wonderful. I love the drawing of those car keys on your blog. I have to keep looking at it. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. hear hear mellanie! i agree! and i love this pooch!

    • Mellanie

      Happy New Year to you Kati! Thanks so much for your encouragement this year. Maybe we can do another portrait swap in 2010! Cheers!

  5. Ann

    Wonderful drawing! And Happy New Year to you!

    • Mellanie

      I’m delighted that you like this Ann. Your blog is so inspiring to me. I look forward to seeing more of your drawing and painting in 2010!

  6. Really well done drawing of the dog! Maybe one of your goals could be trading an ATC with me – I feel left out that you did that many and I missed out!! lol Seriously, hope you get lots more creating and relaxing done this year!

    • Mellanie

      I wish the same for you Renu. Thanks for adding me to your blog list. I think that’s great. Let’s definitely trade this year, shall we? Happy New Year to you.

  7. EdensRainbow

    It was so fun to share in this art with you Mellanie! It has been such a blessing and I can’t wait to see what gems 2010 has in store!

    • Mellanie

      I’ve loved trading with you too. Your work has me itching to open up and try for more dynamic drawing. Can’t wait to trade with you again! Happy New Year!

  8. A very Happy New Year to you Mellanie. You have certainly been very industrious this year and I am sure you will be just as busy in 2010. I have enjoyed your artistic endevours and I must say that dog is really very special.

    • Mellanie

      Thanks Cathy! I’ve enjoyed your blog as well and try to read it every week. Here’s to both of us having a fun and industrious 2010!

  9. Great job capturing that light on his fur!

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