I am not fond of this time of year between fall and winter. The Ice that forms from the dew that falls on the cars overnight just doesn't happen mid winter. The fogging of the windshield from the OUTside in the first several minuets of driving drives me a bit crazy. And freezing as I go to the university and carrying my coat on the way home. Just get cold already! You have to love living in a northern state.
The leaves have fallen, the trees are bare, lawn raked, and set for winter. This weekend is the prep for winter weekend, as we have just last week turned on the heat. That means that my tramping through the woods takes on a different set of objectives. Now I start looking for cool Ice!
As I look back, I have had a great year. I did what I set out to do in December. and while I don't yet have the kind of representation I am wanting, I have a body of work that can go to a gallery. Both black and white and color. I had a great summer, my residency was a life changing event. I learned quite a bit about all kinds of things, and it opened my eyes to considerations I had never pondered.
As I look forward, I will jury into "the League" The League of New Hampshire Craftsman is the oldest crafters league in the country and one of the most respected. While I have gone through the jury process before, they are very specific on what they want to see, the 'Craft' is the important part, and i have a large enough body of work to show now that has been hand crafted including all the frames being hand crafted from rough cut lumber.
Of course I will enjoy continuing my work with the National Forest, providing different learning experiences in the woods in the following year. I have also been itching to finish a project of panoramas of the covered bridges in New Hampshire. My covered bridge photography to be both 360° panoramas and high dynamic range so all the detail of the structure is easily seen. My hope it to create a book, so I will need to do some research on publishing and do a kickstarter to raise the funds necessary. Watch for it!
Of course I will need to continue to take photos of some of these bridges. Some of them in snow will be fun, but what a pain to get there to capture in the snow. Inside and outside, including details and views. So it will be a larger book, perhaps a really long volume, or perhaps the panoramas spread across the gutter, but I'd rather not do that.
So while I am not really excited about the current crop of weather, I am looking forward to what the new year brings, Snow and Ice and adventure. The continued development of my artwork, and new experiences. I have lots to be thankful for, and your reading this is just one of them!