It’s a brand new year and how time has flown. I’ve decided that this will be a year of intense focus on my art. Last year I found that I got very distracted with one thing or another, so I’ve made a plan and it starts now.
Some of the highlights of the past year included acceptance into the Manitoba Society of Artists and receiving of the W. Cliff Packer award for my piece entitled “Jamaican” in the annual Manitoba Society of Artists Juried Exhibition. It was an honor to even have my work juried in not to mention receiving an award.
In addition I won a 2nd for “Sheba”and 4th place for “Shasta Daisy” in two separate contests with the Contemporary Art Gallery Online and as a result was interviewed about my work http://www.contemporaryartgalleryonline.com/Terry_Mellway_s/2379.htm.
I discovered a lot about myself with regard to my art this past year as I began to work in other mediums beside colored pencils and I have found that while not as easy to accomplish in our apartment but rather in rented studio space, that I was able to work on some very large pieces in both acrylic and oils which I found very enjoyable.
I joined the Charleswood Art and spent a fair amount of time working with fellow artists as opposed to holing up in my studio by myself and I really enjoyed the camaraderie and sharing of ideas and techniques. I’ve met some wonderful and talented folks whose love of art is shared with mine. In addition, I created a website for the Charleswood Art Group, which although it has not been published yet was both a challenge and an opportunity for me to get to know many of our members on a closer level. I expect to publish in the next few weeks. I
Another short but fun project in 2015 was collaborating with other artists from all over the country by creating one piece of an 18-piece work entitled “Playing Cards” sponsored by Colored Pencil Magazine http://coloredpencilmag.com/. Each individual was given a section of a larger image and a time frame in which to complete it in colored pencil. Once complete, the images were submitted where their media department combined all the pieces to create one large and very impressive piece.
All-in-all, I would have to say that 2015 was a good year and a precursor to an even better one. I would like to wish all of my followers, my mentors and friends who have supported me in my work, including the members of the groups I am part of and the staff at Colored Pencil Magazine a very Happy and Prosperous New Year in 2016.