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Speechless (& Illustration Friday: Journey)
When I was a kid my mom had a canary who never sang. Never ever. His name was Sunshine, yet shortly after we got him all his bright orange feathers fell out, to be replaced slowly by drab white. He had been dyed by the petshop owner. My dad found a beautiful bamboo cage, which turned out to be full of mites that ate Sunshine's feathers. He never recovered from that episode, even after we switched him to an ugly metal cage. ...This week I feel kinda like Sunshine, a worsening sore throat blossomed into a cold, and now laryngitis. I whispered all day at school yesterday, and had students speak for me. VERY frustrating.
Yet, there is something calm about this silent world I am in right now. Hmmmm.....
Happy New Year to you, dear readers. How was your 2012?
Mine was really pretty good, now that I look back on it. Highlights:
- Had 2 exhibits of my work.
-Hosted an art sale in our garden. We had so much fun, it may become an annual event.
-Set up a family etsy shop. We actually sold a few things, too.
-Made more money from my artwork than ever before!
-Finished grad school: I now have 5 picture book biographies I am excited to send out into the world in 2013.
-Helped our boy finish high school and go off to college. Sent him across the country. He thrived. We survived.
-Celebrated our daughter's 21st birthday, and watched her grow into an amazing filmmaker.
-Moved into a beautiful new art studio where I teach. Trying to remember where we've put everything.
-Saw lots of art at galleries, Art Murmur, museums.
-Traveled: New York, Rhode Island, Oregon, Cazadero, Half Moon Bay, the Sierras of California.
-Turned 50! Celebrated with friends near and far.
Not a bad place to work, right? After teaching for 29 years, it is going to take some time to get used to this being my office. It's quiet. And it's all on me to make it happen here. However, it's really fun, too!
There's lots of art making going on here right now. I am working on my mailing list as well, planning to send out monthly messages about what I'm up to in the studio, workshops I'm teaching, my art sales, online shops, etc. If you would like to get these updates, write your email address in the comments below. (I will delete it quickly, I promise!) A new print just went up for sale in my Etsy shop, click on the link below: Pomegranate print This week I am the featured artist, showing my sketchbooks on : My Giant Strawberry Take a look! I am really having fun on Instagram, follow me here: Ihttps://www.instagram.com/kierendutcher/
And in time for all the protests this weekend, I still have a few of these left:
Let me know if you want one. Have a great last week…