"Celebrate endings - for they precede new beginnings." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, author.
(Mixed media including watercolour, acrylics, pan pastels, in Strathmore Visual Mixed Media Journal.)
Throughout my career, I actually had three sets of endings and beginnings every year: one for each of the two school semesters, and one for the new year.
Beginnings promise endless possibilities don't they?
New semesters offered the possibility of new classes of enthusiastic, energized, disciplined students, supportive parents, better preps, fewer administration tasks. Of course, within a week, a teacher knows which way the wind is going to be blowing for the remainder of the semester.
As a new years have begun, I have made promises to myself to eat healthier meals, to exercise more, to be better organized, to spend more quality time with family. The slate was wiped clean on each January 1st.
All my resolutions remind me that another semester or another year has gone by. What do I have to show for it? Am I happy with myself?
For smack dab in the middle of these individual yearly assessments( or recriminations) is the knowledge that time waits for no one. Tick Tock. Tick Tock.
And so, as the countdown begins on this last day of December 2016, I take stock of my accomplishments.
In the last year, I have been consistent in posting to my blog and in practising art whatever form it might take.
I learned new techniques in a year long online class about painting faces. I made many connections with artists all over the world, a very supportive community. And I started the process of selling some of my art at Society 6.
However, I fell behind in some of the classes as I spent more time on watercolours, or working on projects for people who wanted something very specific. And that's okay too as I continued to learn.
And so the new year holds the promise of more discoveries and continued progress in art.
What have you promised yourself for this new year?
Whatever your plans might be, I wish you all a healthy and happy, and productive 2017.