Human beings have the amazing capacity for hope – to start over, time and time again, believing that life can be different, better. We pick ourselves up off the ground and set a new course for a new destination. Beginnings are so filled with potential, promise of the unknown, excitement. With intention, beginnings can grow into a journey of exploration and growth, culminating in new adventures and positive outcomes.
After many years when I have not had the time to focus on myself, I am now blessed with more time, and more energy, to follow my desires and my dreams. The last two years have been among the most difficult of my life, watching someone I love suffer, investing my energy in loving support, and finally, letting go so that they could find their own way. I am the stronger because of it, and more ready than ever to begin my own adventure!
My word for 2016 is TRANSFORMATION.
I am consciously choosing to change the things in my life that I have the capacity to change. I am focusing my energy on that which brings me joy – joy in being alive, joy in self expression, joy in my own spiritual growth.
One such change is to improve my drawing skills. I know from experience that the only way to improve is to practice, practice, practice. Therefore, I vow to draw every day in 2016. I will do some long and detailed sketches; some short, quick expressive drawings; some doodles and illustrations – serious and silly, good and bad.
Accountability is a good motivator, so I plan to post my drawings on my blog and on Instagram (#draweveryday2016, #drawdaily2016). I will blog two times a week posting not only the drawings, but my other art work as well.
Starting November of 2015, I also am part of the Crew for Art Journal Emporium. I have taken courses on digital art journaling with Tangie Baxter of AJE for several years, and I love her website and programs. I am currently doing a collage each month (the cut and paste type) as part of the team. Also, I am leading the Book Club for January and February with Unfurling: A Mixed Media Workshop with Misty Mawn. Here is one of my paintings from the Chapter 2 assignments.
Mixed Media Chickadee
I am leading the discussion of the book and presenting my interpretations of the assignments. This is pushing me to work through all of the wonderful material in the book, which I am really enjoying.
As you can see, I am currently in a bird mode, particularly Chickadees! It is probably because of a course I have been doing called Flight and Feather by Ivy Newport. (This is another of my goals for 2016 – to complete the courses I signed up for in 2015, rather than signing up for more courses!!!)
I have other plans for my year of transformation as well, which I might share in the future, but this blog will mostly follow my artistic adventures. The other areas are related to health and finances – always on most people’s New Year resolution list!
I wish you all good health, happiness, and peace in the New Year!