Charles Keenan's
~ Weekly Art Journal ~
January 2009 - present
Friday, January 2, 2009
Happy New Year !
Lorna, our children and I ate and danced for hours before going to 12:30 midnight Mass at Olde Saint Augustine's Church, originally built in 1796. 
Getting ready to paint again, it was time to start putting away some decorations and presents. I think the last time I had so many unopened tubes of paint was 25 years ago in art college. 
Friday, January 9, 2009
Finished a small painting and sent out a Newsletter. Made a half-dozen more brushes from Lorna's hair. Worked on my 2 remaining paintings in progress. Corresponded with the Stephen Crane House and some well-known artists. Volunteered another 3 hours at the Cheltenham Art Center.
Friday, January 16, 2009
All but finished 2 interpretations of Stephen Crane poems. Began a new painting. Spent 3 hours at CAC, speaking with one of the art teachers. Sold a copy of "Over 100 Oil Paintings" during the week.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Finished my interpretations of 2 more Stephen Crane poems and unveiled them with a Newsletter, receiving some provocative responses. Continued on 2 small paintings on paper. Volunteered a few hours at CAC. Getting a painting ready for their Members Exhibit.
Friday, January 30, 2009
All but finished 2 small paintings using our brushes. Volunteered a few hours at CAC. Prepared my submission to their Members Exhibit. Corresponded with UArts Alumni Office.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Working very hard to finish up some small paintings to surround the launching of my new theme "Journeys". Volunteered a few hours at CAC, seeing the work that will be included in their Members Exhibit opening Sunday. Corresponded with a lovely local artist whom I hope to meet Sunday at the show.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Attended Cheltenham Art Center's Opening of the 68th Members Exhibit. Met a local artist, Eleanor Day. Finished up my small paintings, opened my new theme "Journeys" and sent out a Newsletter which received some nice responses. Began a new, small painting. Received 3 more copies of my book to sell. Volunteered a few more hours at CAC.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Got a "tip" from a friend about a new gallery, which I contacted. I will meet the curator tomorrow. Began another small painting. I suppose, rather than write that I volunteered a few hours at CAC every week, I should just write 'until further notice'. 
Friday, February 27, 2009
Quite a week! My meeting with the curator of a local gallery produced a planned show of over 20 of my paintings for April! I've been busy organizing paintings and frames, and beginning to make the 2 more frames that I need. Sent out an enote to friends in the area to mark their calendars. Even found time to do some painting.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Worked hard all week on getting together the 21 paintings with frames for April's First Friday at Goldfish. Found time to work on 3 small paintings in progress. Missed my few hours at CAC because Rosie was home sick. Saw a paragraph about me in UArts edge magazine.
and unveiled them with a Newsletter that included information about my show in April.
Continued working on frames for the 21 paintings.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Finished 3 small paintings
Friday, March 20, 2009
Almost all of my usual painting time was spent getting things ready for April's First Friday.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Finished framing and dropped off my paintings at Goldfish Gallery for next Friday's Opening. Whew! Ready to sit down with my sketchbook, easel, and brushes to start some new paintings.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Began 2 new, small paintings. Looking forward to my First Friday Opening tonight!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Hundreds attended the First Friday Opening of our show at Goldfish Gallery. We had a wonderful time speaking with all manner of visitors, including 2 - no make that 3 -  of our oldest friends.
Still managed to work a little on my 2 new, small paintings during the week.

Friday, April 17, 2009
Finished 2 small paintings and sent out a Newsletter.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Made panels and developed sketches while settling down from April's show.
Prepared a painting for submission to a juried exhibit next week.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Started 3 new small paintings and began rendering drawings of my family as practice for summer picnics and barbeques. Picked up my paintings from Goldfish Gallery. Visited galleries on Frankford Avenue for First Friday. 
Friday, May 8, 2009
Finished 2 small paintings and sent out a Mothers Day Newsletter. Dropped off and then picked up my rejected painting from an area juried show. Still volunteering 3 hours/week at Cheltenham Art Center. Worked on my new book Journeys.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Began a few new, small paintings.
Worked on getting my new book together.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Finished the cover painting for my new book, Journeys, and worked on the final 6 paintings to complete the book.
Friday,May 29. 2009
Worked hard on the final 6 paintings and text of my new book.