As Santa begins to put the finishing touches on the toys, the rest of us tend to look back at the year as it draws to a close, and of course, we look toward the future, anticipating how things will be better in the coming year. I'm no different. And boy howdy, 2018 has been quite a year for me! I moved to a new city, made some wonderful new friends and added a new member to the family (Baby, the wonder cat).
I published my first book (well, the "technical" publication date was December 31, 2017, but, we're not splitting hairs), which is available on Amazon here: www.amazon.com/gp/product/1983471097?pf_rd_p=1581d9f4-062f-453c-b69e-0f3e00ba2652&pf_rd_r=8EQ6HT35GYBM7CEQXNVX or Barnes and Noble here: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/carl-parker-carl-b-parker/1127757165?ean=9781983471094
There, shameless plugs out of the way, the book is something I'm very proud of and it was a great way to start the year. Moving on from that, I was accepted to partake in an exhibition in Barcelona as well as in an artist residency in Belgrade in the upcoming year (my dates are pretty loose, I'll let you know when that'll be happening as soon as the necessary funding has been finalized). My blog was named one of the top 25 art blogs in Canada; that was unexpected and really cool. And finally, there was finding out the fact that my piece, Rustic Place, was accepted to be part of a year long exhibition at the Ontario Provincial Legislature (in the In Camera dining room). Not too bad, and a huge improvement over 2017, HUGE! Hey there's even a few days left of 2018, so although I'm incredibly grateful and humbled over everything that has happened this year, I'm wide open for some more good news.
So far, 2019 looks like it's going to be great. I'm going into it happy, healthy, grateful and anxious to roll up my sleeves and get to work. In the meantime, to all of you that read the blog, share the blog, appreciate my art, have collected my art, or bought my book, thank you, you make it possible for me to continue doing what I love. And to everyone, have a safe and wonderful holiday season. xo