This year has, in many ways, been exceptionally good. Her Majesty's Government finally deigned to allow my wife into the country after a year and a half, and we are now gearing up to a move back to the US where it would seem we are both more welcome. For all that there has been discomfort in this country, I am glad that my wife has had a chance to experience my motherland first hand, we've been to the Lakes, my University, around London and my childhood hangouts and I am so glad that we have. I will miss the UK, a lot, but at the same time - it is breaking my heart what this country is becoming.
On the hobby side - Although my gaming has taken still further hits, I have really come a long way in my painting this year. Winning some pins at both Nova Open and Golden Demon as well as a Gold in Armies on Parade this year. My volume output is set to be a little lower than last year's heady total of >500 models but at some 350+ models and counting, I'm still well on track to meet my 365 models/year standard that I set for myself in 2018.
I've also gone from 1:1 tuition to teaching classes and may even get a shot at teaching at some conventions in the coming year. All of this is thanks to the support of the community, particularly Kat and Caleb of CK Studios and Sam. I also owe a huge thanks to the Alumni community that has built up out of CK Classes. They keep motivating me with their posts and enthusiasm, I think that even though painting is often a solitary activity, a community really helps.
There is still a lot to learn but I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead.
- Raggy, signing out
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