I thought 2016 was a pretty atrocious year. A gallery, owned by people I trusted and felt were family, gave a show away that was promised to me as a 2nd solo show. I was working on canvases 7' long and being super productive... and they just gave it away without telling me (had to find out from an ex about it). I was devastated... enough for it to be a tipping point to leave cold, gray Chicago for sunnier, warmer days, out to conquer a new art market in LA, with the burned lesson of "getting it all in writing." I obviously had to leave that place, even if the loss of representation hurts me professionally. It's all temporary. There are other galleries, and always more collectors out there. The way I figure, I can only work with loyal people who value my work and value me as an artist. That's how all of us should work. Be nobody's doormat. So in the end, it'll likely be their loss, as my first quarter of 2017 showed...
So yeah, while my first quarter financially rocked (I made more in those three months with my art than I made in a year the previous year), I lost momentum once I moved to a very inhospitable climate (sprawling lands with no friends) and was struck by family tragedy on two fronts (both happening across the other side of the country). I may have spoken about it all earlier in these posts so I don't feel like getting into particulars. But as of a couple weeks ago, my mother has died. I can only hope that her spirit gives me enough strength to get back to art and music full gusto again, as she would've wanted.
I have made smaller pieces and worked on some medium ones. However, not much to create a "2017" page of its own like the other years; feels like it would pale majorly in comparison. Life sometimes gets in the way. This year bull-dozed me and I'm surprised I'm standing again (barely) after such a rough time. I can only hope that 2018 is wildly productive, despite the continuation of some heavy challenges with my own health and that of my aunt's (who is like a 2nd mother to me).
I'm a few weeks early wishing for a better year (for all)... but this year needs an early and repetitive push for such a year to come. And let's hope we get out the scoundrels in the WH as well. Viva la 2018!