December 30, 2014

The Year Past- 2014


To all my blogging friends that come visit me through the year. 
As the year comes to a close, I thought of what exactly did I do this past year. Could I have done better? more? 
First of course, what did I do for others?  Humans and animals. Well, that would be a personal thing.. so let's leave it at that. 

 I exhibited in the Strawberry Festival at the beginning of the year.. 
 and finished my Alaska journal from my 2013 trip.

How could I forget my trip to Alaska and the Northwest, the year before.  Managed to make a quilt, two actually, one for my dear friend..  
  Also did some Florida series paintings, after all I do live there.
Forum Challenges, and how could I forget the '30 paintings in 30 days Challenge" ?

  It took me a month to recover from that .! lol . 
 A trip or two to Biloxi,.
Then the 4 day workshop that I took in Sept.. over on St. Pete beach.
The memory of that will last and will do another one this year. Same place different instructor .... after a lifetime of painting I finally got to take a class. ! 


Opened my Etsy shop and working at it to make it a success. 
I've gotten a few commissions from it and that's always nice..made a few sales already... that's good too. !!

Letting any unpleasant instances go, and there are always some.
Life is never without those bumps and bruises...My mom had a saying that 'what doesn't happen in a year, happens in a day'.
We never know. So,... I'll put my foot into the New Year and start walking like I've always done.  
Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement for my art, my health, and my life. 
Barbra Joan...


  1. OMG! You are just incredible! You can pack more into a year than most in lifetime! and you are always ready for that next step, never marching but running into the unknown and so many challenges and tearing apart the obstacles that you may encounter! You are one in five Million, Barbra Joan!

  2. Jerry, thank you my friend... Here I was thinking how I've kind of wasted a year... but according to you , maybe I didn't do too bad for an old broad. !

  3. A wonderful year, BJ! And I wish you a wonderful 2015!

    1. Thank you Judy .. and wishing you the same.

  4. Things seem to be going well for you at the moment BJ, and I hope it continues through 2015.

    Happy New Year.

    1. Thanks Keith, it does move along whether we like it or not...
      I wish you a Happy New Year.
      This might be the year you become famous. !!

  5. Beautiful work from a beautiful friend, love to you,Diana

  6. You have to be the most bottle-half-full person I know and I totally respect how you can look back and see only the good things. I know it's been a rollercoaster year for you with as many downs as ups. And you skip over the most important question, what did you do for others. The answer is "a lot". Despite cramming a huge amount of achievements into just one year, you never stopped helping people in my forum and writing interesting and useful articles. You're an inspiration BJ and I hope 2015 brings you everything you deserve.

  7. John, thank you so much for your vision of me, I wish I were just half that..
    I suppose I don't want to waste time and energy on the negative parts of daily life or life itself..
    We need to keep positive, have goals, and always , always look ahead..