2017 was a very difficult year for me. Indeed, it was the first year since I started this personal blog that I didn’t do many articles.
I could go through a long list of things, but suffice it tay it was the loss of a long time friendship with a person who was very dear to me for 10 years, and then having that replaced by enmity, that shook me up, and had a pretty devastating effect in my Life for most of the year.
But I recovered from that, and it was an experience that showed me a few things I want to share with you.
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Wow time flies! And a quarter has passed!
I’ve been busy on a major personal project that I hope can eventually reach more people with the AA35 message, but here’s just an update on where am I for my theme for 2017.
My original intent to learn to draw a beautiful face by end April, hands by end August, and a horse by end December is taking a lot longer than expected, primarily because of my major project. So I’ll be off a couple months for each.
On the other hand, my colored pencils have been making some progress! First I’m really happy with the Faber Castell Polychromos which for a beginner seems like a splurge, but I’m keen to really get into this, so I prefer to buy quality if I can. The reviews I heard of the Prismacolors were just too serious to ignore, with QC issues, sharpening frustrations, repeated breakages and so on. Not to mention wax blooming.
To ensure follow-through I bought a few of Ann Kullberg’s Jumpstart Beginner series and did these projects.
I thought I was progressing well. Then I took a beginner colored pencil course at La Salle and it was humbling. It was a real struggle and here is I think the main reason.
Hey guys, once again it’s time for the new year reflection post. While I try to get this out before the 1st of each year, 2017 was a bit different for a number of reasons.
It was a pretty eventful year, with plenty of ups and downs. The ups were great: I accomplished a few things on the bucket list, made a few breakthroughs in personal goals, and set the stage for a major AA35 project. The downs were traumatic and downright chilling at times: personal matters threw me for a loop, and I made some decisions that put a few areas in turmoil that I had to set straight again, most importantly my health.
That’s back now. So on to the message.