A little over a year ago I started this blog with the hopes that it would support my career and goals as an artist. I decided that in order to get the blog going I would create one project each week for the entire year of 2016. I can now tell you that, for possibly the first time in my life, I’ve actually accomplished a New Year’s resolution! To some of you and many other artists, 52 projects in a year doesn’t seem like a lot, but the goal of this was to make myself create something each and every week as well as work on the blog. In total I probably painted and sketched hundreds and hundreds of things, but these specific 52 hold a special place for me. These were the pieces I sat down and said, “this is my time and I’m going to dedicate it to myself”. It wasn’t about creating art for anyone other than myself. Through that my New Year’s resolution turned into something that was about more than art. It became a goal to focus on self care, each week, for an entire year.
Last year I focused on getting “out from under” so to speak, my kidney disease and the havoc that caused my body. I don’t know that I would have taken the time to do that if making time for myself and my art hadn’t been a priority. I learned this year that those brief moments of me time change everything. At the end of 2016, I felt more connected to myself and who I want to be than any other period of my life.
It wasn’t always an easy year that’s for sure. It had it’s ups and downs. I think the general consensus is politically and socially 2016 was, at the very least, unexpected. With a new year here though I hope to focus on the positive and carry my new sense of self love and care for another 52 weeks and beyond!
So, here it is, the final project I created in 2016:
Our Christmas tree unfortunately dried up and became a fire hazard (yes, I watered it every single damn day) before our holiday season came to a close. In an attempt to keep the Christmas spirit alive I created this for our house. It felt like the perfect way to end my 2016 project goal because this was purely for me. I like to have a tree up until the first of the new year. I think Christmas, if we’re honest, is really the 25th to very end of the year. Carrying that loving and giving spirit into every new year is important to me and the tree is just one small thing that reminds me to hold onto the good spirit past Christmas.
Now, it’s time to look forward to all 2017 has to offer and the goals and dreams I’ll be pursuing this time. I’m brain storming new long term projects, both art and non art related, while also getting ready to be married on January 7th. So you’ll have to be patient and wait a few weeks before you hear my final plans for 2017.
I wish you all a very happy New Year, one filled with lots of self love, and I look forward to sharing another year with you here on the blog!