A Stitch in Time

A Stitch in Time 12-30-12

A Stitch in Time

6″ x 6″ (15 x 15 cm) – oil on gessobord – commission

It took a lot longer than anticipated, but I finished it this year! This is a very important painting for me and I wanted to do it right and took my time. This is my first commission. And an international one at that.

With this year almost gone I see many of my artists friends doing a recap. I read them with great interest – people have accomplished great things, painted significant works, showed work in important places, taught numerous students, and thought up amazing innovations. I thought to myself I must do a year-end post as well.

So here it goes:

  • In 2012 I painted 11 paintings and sold almost all of them. Got and painted my first commission!
  • Made my sketching a serious practice, drawn numerous sketches, traveled to Stockholm and sketched there.
  • Founded Urban Sketchers Chicago group as a part of Urban Sketchers global movement. The group is now 75 artists strong, meets monthly and has its own FB page and blog.
  • Met and friended a great many artists around the world and learned a great deal.
  • Began to understand and use social media marketing – it works, how amazing!

It was a great year – 2012. Here’s to a better one in 2013!

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  1. Sue December 30, 2012

    It’s a beautiful painting – I know the recipient will be thrilled with it. It sounds like you have had an art-filled, productive year. The Urban Sketchers Chicago group – what a great idea! I followed your links to the international group. If I understand correctly, correspondents are established artists and membership is by invitation-only. I’m curious to know if there is anything similar going on in Oregon.

    I’ve certainly enjoyed your paintings and your blog this year. Wishing you a wonderful 2013!

    Sue Harrell

    • Alex Zonis December 30, 2012

      Thank you for the kind words about the painting, Sue!
      About Urban Sketchers groups: they are open to everybody, any skill level and any media – everyone is welcome by definition. The only rule is that sketching has to take place on location or mostly on location. I am not sure about Urban Sketchers Oregon, but Urban Sketchers Portland is a lively and active group. You can find them on Facebook and they have a blog:
      http://urbansketchers-portland.blogspot.com – and ask.
      Also check the Urban Sketchers list on the global site – http://www.urbansketchers.org/p/usk-members.html. I think I saw some artists from Eugene among members. Contributing to USK blogs is by invitation, but everything else is completely open.
      Happy New Year to you too!

  2. Sue December 31, 2012

    Many thanks for the information on Urban Sketchers. I’ll definitely get in touch with the Portland group.

    Best wishes,


  3. Carol King January 6, 2013

    Congratulations Alex. I remember the other singer painting you did. I coveted it! And now this one. It is glorious.

    • Alex Zonis January 7, 2013

      Thank you so much, Carol. It did come out nicely, even if I say so myself. If you really want one, we can make it happen, ya’know? 🙂

  4. Linda Halcomb January 10, 2013

    Congratulations Alex. Your accomplishments are truly inspiring and very impressive. The painting is lovely. My mother had a similar machine and it used to scare me when I was small – that needle flashing up and down seemed destined to eat small fingers.

    • Alex Zonis January 11, 2013

      Thanks, Linda! It does look like I was busy lol. These old Singers are such beautiful objects of design, we admire them even if using much more modern ones to actually sew. I have two: a contemporary white plastic one to sew with and this one to paint :).

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