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Christmas Commissions and Celebrating "Little Wins"

I've been incommunicado for a while because of all the craziness surrounding Christmas. On top of the usual flurry of festivities (albeit altered this year) and gift-wrapping I received a commission for a Christmas house portrait. This one was particularly challenging due to time constraints and the fact that it was a night scene - something I've never done before! Getting shading and lighting down correctly is challenging in watercolor, at least for me, when it is a typical, sun-lit scene. Trying to make sure that nothing looks odd or out of place in a nocturnal setting - even more difficult! But I am quite pleased with the outcome and thankfully, so were the recipients. Those bushes on either side of the house were particularly trying, so finally getting them to look like they were lit with twinkle lights rather than just being two large, yellow blobs was especially satisfying!

Looking back on the past year, we all have had enormous challenges to overcome and who knows what this coming year will bring. I pray that we all are able to face the challenges ahead with strength and courage so that whatever comes it does not overwhelm us. We can all start by celebrating "little wins" - like conquering one's fear of painting night scenes! - and let those be confidence boosters which will allow us to take on bigger obstacles. That's certainly going to be a goal of mine! What are your goals for the new year? Are there new skills you want to learn or improve? Is there a "next step" you want to reach in your own art business? Feel free to share what you want to focus on in 2021 and let's encourage one another to meet those goals so we can make this year better than 2020!

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