As I do every year, I look back on what I consider to be the best art I created from the current year.
In January, I was honored by the wonderful artists at Try it on Tuesday when this entry was one of the top five for the fortnight. It was a chosen win, not a random win, which meant so much to me.
This second Thursday tutorial was not only well received,
but used by at least two of my blog viewers.
In March, I was the guest designer for Try It on Tuesday, or TioT. The theme was Inspired by Nature, and it was right up my alley.
I posted this on my bEARTHday, which lands on Earth Day each year. And each year in April, I recycle at least one thing each day from April 1 through April 22. On this day, I recycled an old spoon, a covered plastic egg, and some leftover string and fibers from my March bird's nest. The moss was the only part of the assemblage that hadn't been either recycled or repurposed.
For the 7th WOYWW (What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday, I shared the first package I mailed in a swap I hosted. WOYWWendy is photo bombing the picture, but I know most people come to see the rocking horse of the week.
During the entire months of June and July, I created an index card a day or ICAD. Because my boys won't let me photograph them, I found these images in a magazine and used them along with some of my hand painted paper I cut into hearts. I called this one "Brothers at Heart."
I had company over the July 4 holiday (Independence Day in the U.S.) I decorated my porch accordingly.
In late July and early August, I took a forced blog break when my internet and telephone, both controlled by AT&T were out for days on end. The technicians tried everything, and one finally found the problem and got me back online. To make up for the fact I was gone so long, I created an entry in my Coll-AH-ge Two altered book that satisfied three challenges: Art Journal Journey, Moo-Mania and More, and Try it on Tuesday. I called it Summertime in the Garden.
For September, Bleubeard and I were honored to be the guest hosts at Art Journal Journey, where I created a post every day, trying new techniques, stamping, sewing, and various other things. I was thrilled to be chosen, so tried to put my best foot forward. Bleubeard slept through most of it!
I created very little art in October, instead focusing on Autumn and Art, the Zoo, a craft show, and Smithsonian Day at World Treasures. One of the pages I did manage to create was this one for Art Journal Journey I called A Foodie's Autumn Delight. The magazine image, the focal point, was so old and battered, I wasn't sure I could even use it. But the image was just too perfect not to.
As I have for the past several years, I once again participated in Art Every Day Month or AEDM. These were my contributions for the month of November.
One of the few gifts I created that I was pleased enough to send was this small quiltlet. It went to my friend Valerie, who has not only received it, but shared where she hung it.
I guess it was the right choice for December, because it won one of the coveted Spotlight spots at Try it on Tuesday.
I hope you have enjoyed this look back on 2016. I hope to do better this coming year, creating more art to share on my blog, including mixed media, sewing, gardening, and photography. As always, I am extremely grateful for your continued support and greatly appreciate your visits. They (and YOU) are what keep me going and making art, even when there are days I simply don't feel like it.
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Please check out my Previous Collaborations link above to see what projects I have been involved in over the past seven years. Current and ongoing projects only are shown below.
Occasionally, Silent Sunday will showcase photos of my home, neighborhood, or community. A picture is often worth a thousand words.
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