A look back at 2016

This will be my last post for 2016, and my next will be the first for 2017.

In the spirit of endings, this should be the time when I update my CV and take some time to honour the activities of the past year. However, since I am still painting furiously under deadline, I will have to defer that until the new year. Until then, I will just take the time tonight to take a look back at a few of the activities I took part in and will be adding to my CV.

I have quite a few things to be proud of this year: I exhibited a couple paintings in the I Love Inglewood Show at the Edge Gallery, as well as at Parksday and Creekfest in Fish Creek Park. I sold work at the Thickwood Hills Studio Trail in the Shell Lake area, facilitated a collaborative painting project at Confederation Park, taught a plein-air painting workshop in Fish Creek Park, got some great feedback from a critique at the Leighton Centre, donated several art books from my personal library to Wafaa Bilal’s 168:01, attended many art shows and screenings, and conducted numerous Art a la Carte parties.

So I will be thinking about this list over the weekend: what do I want to do more of in the coming year, what I would like to discontinue and what new things I might like to tackle?

For the first post of 2017, I will be posting my New Year’s resolutions for my art work. See you in the New Year!

Boxing Up your Art (metaphorically speaking)

I hope you had a great Boxing Day!

I know at least some of you were out picking up deals, while others were packing away your holiday decorations. Myself I was back in the studio after taking all of the Christmas weekend off for last minute preparations and family fun.

Yes, I still have four paintings to finish in the next week, and I will photograph and share them soon I hope.

In the mean time I was looking for a couple seasonal recent works to share with you, and realized that I have a lot of art that needs to be added to my website. I did not want to share something I don’t currently have a decent photo have and haven’t added to the website galleries yet!

So this brings me to a topic I need to explore. The problem with being a ‘one man band,’ is that one can only do so much by oneself, and there is always some task that is getting neglected; Apparently I have been making lots of art work, but for at least the last year I have not been sharing the work on my website. The problems with this are that it might lead a casual visitor to my site to assume I don’t make much work, and it is also tough to show someone the direction of my recent work if I don’t have it online! So I need to find a way to consistently BOX up my work each DAY -oh my, see how I made that seasonal connection- so that it is ready to go when I need to PRESENT it.

I can set up a schedule to do some administrative tasks each day, or I can find an assistant to help with doing those tasks regularly. Either way, I resolve to undergo a major gallery page update after this upcoming deadline, and then I will look for solutions to my consistency dilemma.


Happy Holidays from the Studio:

Christmas Ornaments, a lesson project painting by Debbie.lee Miszaniec

So it is almost Christmas, and I have been furiously working in the studio finishing paintings for a deadline. I can’t share any of these with you yet, although I already have 6 in the series complete, as I won’t have the time to photograph them until the new year. You will just have to enjoy the suspense!

In the mean time, I thought I would share a few of my teaching plans for the upcoming year with you. Nothing firm yet, I can’t take the time away from the studio to make arrangements or set dates, but I can certainly let you know what to watch out for!

So, for 2016 I will be setting up a few independent workshops for Calgarians who have expressed interest in taking a class with me. There will need to be a minimum registration in order to go ahead, but I am planning on doing a workshop on atmospheric perspective for landscape painters, one on creating a convincing illusion of space for still life painters, and a plein-air painting workshop in Calgary’s Fish Creek Park this year in the late spring or early fall.

Stay tuned for details, and definitely contact me, subscribe to my newsletter, or comment below to express interest in taking one of these workshops. The more interest I get, the more of a priority I will make it!

Behind the Art Introduction

This section is for fans of my work. Here I will be announcing new pieces,  products, exhibitions, and opportunities to meet me or see the work first hand. As well you will find some of the backstory or thought process behind individual pieces and bodies of work. I might ramble a bit as I work out my thoughts on art history, the value of art to society and vice-a-versa.

The Art Life: Introduction

This post introduces a new category that will be a resource for others involved in the act of emerging as professional artists. Topics will go beyond the act of making art to talk about work and life in the arts. Subjects will be relevant to the business of being an artist, as well as the personal side, including social, mental, financial and physical health. From time to time I may host guest experts here, as well as announce upcoming sessions of Artists on a Mission and How to Be an Artist.

Learn to Art Introduction

Introducing to a new post category: the Art Lessons category covers further information for art students. It will include tutorials, art history, explain materials and techniques, and announce new and upcoming classes and critiques for registration. As well current students will find information to keep them in the loop on projects, requirements and the status of their upcoming classes.