Continuing on with my review, I started and finished the first of 28 paintings I did for the year ranging in sizes 11x14 and up. Twelve of those were oil paintings. Mid January I received a call from a book author wanting to use my "Diamond Head" painting for the cover of his book. He was in an arguement with his publishing agency over what should be on the cover, he wanted my painting, they wanted a photograph. The publisher won. Oh well, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.
February, March and April I stayed pretty busy with board meetings, planning fund raiser events for Lahiana Arts Association (LAA) and helping with the annual high school art competition and scholarship program. March was also the month I tripped on a crack in the side walk, fell on my face and ended up with 4 stitches where my teeth went through my upper lip, two black eyes and a very soar wrist. I looked like I had been in a boxing match. I healed pretty quickly for the most part.
May was very exciting. I went to Florida for my second child, oldest daughter's wedding. My youngest daughter and her husband and their two boys went as well. We had a great family vacation. Did an air boat ride in the everglades, saw alligators and met another T.V. star, this one was from "Gator Boys", only she was a girl.
May, June and July brought more board meetings, LAA teacher meetings fund raisers and art shows. Sold "Misty Hills" in June. Was excited to have my friend Tatum visit mid July and went to my third child's wedding in Truckee/Tahoe at the end of the month.
In August I managed to get my miniature paintings into Kaukini Gallery, making that the third gallery displaying and selling my work in Maui. I also entered the Lahaina poster contest and won the "Lahaina Arts Societies" award for my "Lahaina Harbor" painting. I received a $200 cash prize. Not bad for my first competition on Maui.
By September I settled into a nice routine. Painting oil paintings or teaching on Mondays, painting miniatures on Tuesday and Thursdays, work at Village Gallery gift shop on Wednesdays, teach on Fridays and play on the weekend. Boy life is good on Maui.
My newest grand daughter was born on October 22. I can't wait to meet her.
November I was busy with planning and running the silent auction for LAA (Lahaina Arts Association). And I received an email from the senior editor of Walter Foster Publishing, asking me if I would be interested in doing 4 step by step (instruction) paintings for a new book they are working on. My response after reading the email 5 times, reading it to Charlie and pinching myself a few times was, "yes, I'd love to".
In December I was voted in as President of LAA. Like I said at the beginning of this blog, "boy what a great year"!