The glow of a new year and infinite possibilities…

“Celebrate endings – for they precede new beginnings.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie, author.

Mixed media portrait in Strathmore Visual Journal

(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.

6 Responses

  • I have learned that to promise myself something rarely succeeds, but to make a promise to another always comes to fruition, why is that I wonder? Maybe I know I can be lenient with myself and never make any demands that cannot be dealt with.

    • Sally, the lessons I have learned about setting goals is to 1. break the large goal into several smaller, achievable pieces, 2. set myself time limits to achieve each smaller goal 3. and not be too hard on myself if the goal is not met but rather to continue working towards that goal. Generally, this strategy has worked for me as long as I am reasonable and don’t go overboard! Happy New Year!

  • Happy New Year! I loved how she turned out!
    I have promised myself to find a new adventure each day… no matter how small or big.
    I see wonderful art for you this upcoming year. I feel privileged to watch you grow as an artist!

    • Thank you Linda. Maybe you should have a blog in which you tell us about your daily adventure! A blog certainly helps with accountability even if I am sometimes feeling like I am sending text and art out into the void! If not the blog, then commit to writing in a journal each day. I think it really helps to document in some fashion. Let me know what you think. Happy New Year!

  • My new resolution and that i never make resolutions. I am happy with whom i have become but still need to work on certain aspects of my life. But that continues until you pass on. So i wish you the best for2017 and just have fun, travel and paint. Maybe we will see each ither in 2017????????????????????????

    • Thank you Anne. I completely understand that idea and before I had this wild notion of being an artist, I often didn’t follow through with my new year’s resolutions. I don’t know why we feel we have to start dieting, or exercising or whatever just because we turn the page on a calendar. Nonetheless, I would have some sort of goal in mind in January. But I feel differently about art and I think that through my work I have learned how to succeed at reaching some goals anyway. I feel like time is short and I want to try so many things and I get excited about learning and producing art that I like and that others might like too. So I do have goals but they are not tied to the new year and turning the page on a calendar.

      It would be great to see each other again. At least now we are connected so it makes it that much easier to know what is happening in our lives. Cheers and best wishes for 2017.

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