Charles Keenan's
~ Weekly Art Journal ~
July - December 2009
Friday, June 6, 2009
Finished the paintings for the first complete version of "Journeys" and released it through Lulu Publishers. Sent out a Newsletter to announce "Journeys" release, and that "Over 100 Oil Paintings" is now on Lulu AND
Friday, June12, 2009
Cleaned up after finishing 6 new paintings to complete the first version of my new book "Journeys". Looked into a few galleries. Sketched some ideas. Made more brushes.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Busy week with 2 graduations. Gave 2 "Journeys" books as gifts to friends I will not see much anymore.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Began 3 new paintings, possibly to add to the next version of "Journeys" near the end of this year. Said goodbye to volunteering at the Cheltenham Art Center - they no longer need the help during Summer Art Camp and I have our children to watch at home during summer vacation. Gave 'my boss' a copy of "Journeys" and I got a big bag of almonds.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Worked on my 3 new paintings. Mailed a copy of one of my books to a book store. Tomorrow is Independence Day ! God bless America !
Friday, July 10, 2009
Almost finished 2 new paintings.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Finished 2 small paintings to enlarge my Journeys book, and began 2 more paintings. Deliberating on just how to 'unveil' my new work - maybe you should buy my books...
Friday, July 24, 2009
Worked on my 2 new paintings. Prepared more paper for another 3 paintings. Sacrificed a day I would usually paint for cleaning up the basement and garage to make a nicer Music and Art Studio for when school begins in early September.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Finished 3 small paintings
and sent out a Newsletter.
Continued to clean up our basement/garage Studios. More room allowed me to prepare 3 larger panels and I am going over ideas and sketches for the larger paintings. 
Friday, August 7, 2009
Made more room to store finished paintings, then began my first larger painting (16x20") since last year.
Friday, August 14, 2009
I was really excited about working bigger again and almost finished a 16x20" painting.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Getting our children ready for school took up much of my time this week, plus there is an end of summer vacation for some of us. However, I did put a solid day into my current painting, leaving just some finishing strokes for next week when it should be quiet. Corresponded briefly with Barnes & Noble about the status of "Over 100 Oil Paintings". 
Friday, August 28, 2009
Finished my first large painting of 2009, Difficult Course, and sent out a Newsletter which received some nice responses. Ordered a few more of my books to stir things up.  Began a new painting.
Friday, September 4, 2009
It is too quiet and uneventful around here with Lorna, George and Rose visiting in the Philippines. They will be back soon, and I am grateful. Almost finished a new painting amidst all the quiet. Spent time at my children's orientations for art school. Sent a copy of my book to the 3 largest US libraries hoping they will want more copies for their branches. 
Friday, September 11, 2009
Before the 3 travellers returned from their visit I finished a painting from memory of a nice time Lorna and I had several years ago at a coffee shop. Then I was very busy picking up my family at the airport, and later bringing them home from school each day until they are settled.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Almost finished a new small painting.
Had a good idea for a new series of work.
Friday, September 25, 2009

Finished a little painting called "Minds".
Made more hardboard panels and
began another big painting.
Received an invitation to participate
in a Holiday Exhibit in Nov-Dec
Friday, October 2, 2009

Finished a new, big painting and unveiled it and a new web page "Mist" with a Newsletter.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Began a Christmas painting.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Continued working on my Christmas painting.
Developed sketches for another "Mist" painting.
Visited an area artist's studio during POST - Phila Open Studio Tours.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Almost finished a Christmas painting. Worked on sketches and put charcoal on a panel for a new painting. On the invitation of an old friend I visited an Art Opening in New Jersey - time well spent.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Put my Christmas painting aside to think some things through, and worked on the new painting.
Got ready for December's show at Goldfish Gallery.
Emailed a few artists and an author.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Worked on my 2 new paintings. Dropped off my 20 "Journeys" paintings at Goldfish Gallery, and sent out a Newsletter about December's show.
Friday, November 13, 2009
A 6 day transit strike that ended Monday continued to disrupt my schedule and peace of mind, but I did manage to work a little on my 2 new paintings.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Oh yes! I am back in the groove after the transit strike! Finished my Christmas painting, almost finished another "MIST" painting, and began 3 small paintings - oh yes!
Ready for a "Black Friday" preview of my December show at Goldfish Gallery.
Friday, December  4  through  December 11, 2009
Two successful shows at Goldfish Gallery for Black Friday and First Friday.
Finished two 16x20" paintings.
Friday, December 18, 2009 to year's end
The holidays allowed me to have a clearer vision of what I needed to accomplish in order to complete a new collection or theme of my work. Rather than simply have Journal entries that say "Made progress on my new paintings" I have decided to suspend Journal entries until the work is complete, hopefully by Spring 2010.

Wishing you a blessed New Year !