Looking back at 2018, Looking forward to 2019

Pyrotechnic #284, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Happy New Year to all my readers! The beginning of a new year is typically a time for reflection and planning, and I am certainly not immune to that temptation. When looking at the national and international scenes as well as the environment, 2018 was in so many ways a horrible year, and 2019 has the potential to be even worse. It is a struggle for everyone to focus on the things that matter to you, whether it be your family, friends, work, hobbies, or your art. All is not negative as there are signs of hope and progress as well, and like many I have become more active in fighting for things I believe in. Moving forward, I plan to use this space to share my thoughts on these struggles and how they impact the artistic process.

On a personal and artistic level, 2018 was much more positive. I pushed forward on my projects, attended three portfolio reviews (Boston, Santa Fe, and Houston), taught three week-long workshops at Maine Media, printed for many wonderful artists, had three solo exhibitions of my work (NESOP in Boston, my own show at Pascal Hall in Rockport, and PhoPa Gallery in Portland, may it rest in peace) and took my first trip to Iceland for an artist residency (an amazing photographic and personal experience). I’m optimistic about 2019 as well as I plan on doing a lot less marketing and creating a lot more art.

I’ve also rethought the details of my online presence. I’m now only using Instagram for my social media presence, and I’m consolidating my various blogs to right here at 56×56. I’ve been posting here for over ten years now (first post in September 2008!) and I’m going to be changing things up. I plan on including what I’ve been doing before but expanding into what I hope to be more relevant, frequent, and interesting content, so stay tuned! To start things off, I’ve changed the look, so please be patient as I work through the kinks on this new WordPress theme.

Thank you to all for your attention and kind comments, and best wishes to everyone for a wonderful 2019!

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