Karin Richter Fine Art

Season’s Greetings 2016

“Frozen River Below, Pastel 12”x16”

The last few leaves have fallen and snow has arrived in our part
of the world and 2016 is coming to an end. It is a time when we
evaluate and reminisce about the experiences we’ve had and
make plans for new ones. Luckily we are living here in the West
without too much conflict and many blessings.
I’ve had another great year and finished off my travels for this
season on the West Coast onboard the MS Swell, that cute
tugboat I reported on in other newsletters. High expectations
never fall short with Maple Leaf Adventures with their attentive
customer service, outstanding food and carefully selected
destinations. The Gulf Islands with their beautiful scenery,
moderate climate and abundant wildlife are always a treat.

Beaches, Wildlife, Abandoned Farms and Small Coastal Communities

For those interested in travelling with me on a new Art-at-Sea
voyage, I can report that my next destination will be ALASKA in
2018. Let me know if you want to be on the list! Check
www.mapleleafadventures.com for details. I will also mention here
once more that there are a few spaces in my upcoming Painting
Holiday to Portugal and Spain with an extension to Morocco at the
end of April 2017. Contact me to find out more. Travel does widen
horizons and provides inspiration. Being with like-minded
individuals makes it particularly meaningful and fun! We are
reminded all too often that “ars longa, vita brevis” – art is long, life
is short!
Meanwhile we have to deal with winter and even though I’ve
heard that Canadians are known to complain the most about the
weather among “snowbound” nations, I did not realize how little
affection people have for the white stuff here. Granted, driving is
not always a picnic but I like winter with its quiet nature and
soothing white blanket. At a recent workshop, I was being made
aware that I seem to paint a lot of snow scenes. Really? Well, at
least I make them into warm paintings with lots of color! I can’t
help myself!

Mt. Pleasant Winter, Pastel 16”x12”

“Sun Down”, Pastel 12”x16”

With the exhibition season behind us, some of you will no doubt
wonder about the direction you want to take in the New Year.
Some will be ecstatic about having made
great sales and received good comments,
other will try to come to grips with the lack
of it. All of us look for our art to resonate
with viewers which is one of the reasons
we produce it in the first place. Art is mostly
created in solitude but we also want
feedback, a kind of validation for our
efforts. Aside from the fact that our
economy is currently suffering, there can
be many factors leading to a poor response. The biggest reason
is that art is highly subjective. I may be totally smitten with that
waterfall, the color of the rocks or the movement of the water but
the public may not connect with such an image. The same applies
to all kinds of subject matter. An emotional connection is
everything - yet so elusive. You cannot possibly guess what will
sell! You just need to keep working on what makes you happy
and what best expresses who you are. Sales are no indication of
how good your art is. Even negative feedback does not mean
much. Tara Mohr, author of “Playing Big: Find your Voice, Your
Mission, Your Message” says that “feedback does not tell us
anything about ourselves, our ideas or our work, it tells us about
those giving the feedback”. If you want to “reach” people, create
what they and the market likes, then yes, feedback can be
valuable. As the cartoon shows, which avenue you want to take is
totally up to you!

I have currently a great book on my coffee table, entitled
“Everyone’s an Artist”. It is about the impact creative people have
on our daily lives, business and the sciences. The world needs
more artists, their problem-solving
abilities, a trait most sought-after in
just about every field. The book
outlines how the brains of artists work
and how we all can learn from them.
The habits we have in creating our
validated to work in any environment.
Everyone’s an Artist also deals with
the necessity of failure as part of the
creative process, the tenacity it takes
to stay with a unique vision and a
belief in success. A very inspirational and enlightening read!

With so many sunny days here in Alberta, I am sure you will find
yourself wanting to get out to take a walk or enjoy the mountains.
At least once every winter I love to walk at Johnston Canyon
located along the 1A highway between Banff and Lake Louise.
There are so many wonderful photo opportunities. Just remember
to wear hiking boots or cleats as it can be icy on the trails.
It is a fascinating world of “warm-coloured” rocks and cold ice,
shadow-rich forests and deep blue waters:

Sunlight hitting the beautiful rocks

Ice climbers among giant icycles

Open Water and Beautiful Snow Shadows

Maybe you will escape to the tropics instead!? Wherever you’ll
find yourself this season, I hope you will be inspired.
The Holiday season is upon us and I want to take this opportunity
to express my gratitude to all my students, colleagues, friends

and family for their support. You all have made a difference in my
life, given me encouragement and ideas to propel me forward! I
wish you all a wonderful Christmas and festive season. May your
New Year be everything you want it to be, with good health to
enjoy it all!
All the best in life and in art!



Cheers to the New Year!



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