I find it exhilarating to do hard things but this time also coincides with hanging work in three art shows and traveling to Italy for two weeks where I'll be painting with my friend Wendy, learning Italian ceramics, taking photography classes and ideally, eating lots of amazing food. So instead of spending my time determined to only produce excellence this month, I am taking advantage of the challenge by doing a lot of studies and learning to loosen and lessen up my strokes.
Daily exercises and study can help any artist reach new levels of understanding and by the grace of God, I'm looking forward to reaching some goals I've set for myself. The day before I leave for Italy, I hang a 17 piece show (up through Nov. 15, 2014) at the Westlake Village library called "Americana." This is also the theme I'm painting all month. See new pieces for sale on www.seashop.bigcartel.com, on Instagram and on Facebook at Shannon Celia Fine Art.
When I return at the end of the month, I'll be hanging work in the first Pepperdine alumni art show in Malibu, an idea I thought of earlier this year that I'm very excited about. After a very busy July, August, September and October, I'll be enjoying quiet time over the holidays with my husband and daughter. Downtime is essential to give thanks, reflect and prepare for the next wave of creativity! Below are several palm and boat studies for the next three days of the challenge. I've been naming boats for my daughter and godchildren lately!