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I’m just a little superstitious. I believe the way I choose to spend the turning of the new year reflects the way I will spend the entire year.

The last 2 years while working at the Beehive Tavern, I always worked during the new year, and made a point to leave the tavern 5 minutes before the stroke of midnight with a sketchbook to make art while welcoming the new year. Now that I am a full-time studio artist, I spent the new year in my studio hard at work.

This painting was started a few months ago, if you don’t know, I have some of the ADD and often start projects without finishing them. I thought it would be appropriate to finish one of my unfinished works before the new year…especially since it already has a buyer! So, these excellent pickin’ and grinnin’ bluegrass players are my final painting for 2008.


I have been working on a few sculptures to put in the wood-fire at the Artisan Center at Maple Creek.One of our area’s potters delivered some clay that I needed. She brought more clay than I really needed,suggesting that I could make a few pots for the wood fire.

Well, I’ve told you that I have the ADD, so that’s all it took. I spent countless hours hunched over the wheel…throwing bowls…getting the hang of centering and throwing clay. I haven’t thrown pottery for a few years, but it is something I like to do. I think it is my hobby. I won’t make it my life’s work, but it is fun to get muddy every now and then.

Later that day, I finished my first painting of the New Year.It is a small one, titled “A Year Of Peace”.It’s my big wish for 2009.

I hope everyone has a Happy New Year!