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I'm Cait Sherwood, a mixed-media painter who works into art journals.

I make art from the trash of the art I made before.

Week 52: My Creative Year in Review

Week 52: My Creative Year in Review

Sometimes January 1st feels like any other day, but I am very aware of the year change this time around.  Maybe it's because I did a blog post (almost) every week which kept me aware of my creative output.  That might seem like a small thing, but for me it is a big deal.  I can easily make art regularly which feels very lucky.  But as far as blogging goes--or other types of working that aren't just me floating down the river at my own pace, doing whatever I want--it takes more effort.

I scrolled through my Instagram and made this list of my artistic path this year:

  • creating handmade sketchbooks--I began and completed 3 handmade sketchbooks this year
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  • adding cut paper textures 
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  • spray painting
  • lots of florals (I draw florals when I don't know what else to draw)
  • a few instances of text that I didn't end up painting over
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  • drawing with water-soluble pencil -- my absolute favorite way to draw
  • paintings on paper
  • drawing some of the same images repeatedly and noticing that I feel like I shouldn't do that, and then doing it anyway and realizing "oh yeah, I can just draw what I want" (like photos of women painters around the Surrealist movement)
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  • collaborative journals with my wonderful online art friends (some still unsent--gotta focus on that)
  • featured in Uppercase magazine's Stitch Illo, which is an amazing book that I can't believe I got picked to be a part of.  Check it out, it is very inspiring to read through.
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  • paper cutting with craft knife
  • painting at the beach, on a picnic table on an oceanfront porch in the shade (a personal heaven)
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  • worked on 2 online classes (my class Painting by the Sea for Wanderlust will be available in 2018--it's available for purchase now, though)
  • drawings inspired by fabric prints, which inspired paintings with a quilting influence
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  • finding lots of inspiration in thrift stores and antique stores/junk shops
  • scrapbooking and processing my piles of photographs -- this was very helpful when I was grieving because it is relaxing organization and feels productive
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  • drawing (always noticing how much effort there is with drawing, and I just need to begin anyway, and draw anything, and let go of expectations about how it might look, and to draw fast--I notice how much I need to remind myself of this and stoke myself up to draw, and I like drawing)
  • noticing swinging back and forth from high level of effort and craft, and looseness with less effort
  • I made a few large paintings, one that I actually like (most times I make large paintings I just end up cutting them up and reusing the scraps)
  • started therapy and a support group this year which has helped keep me sane
  • began doing morning pages again (free-writing first thing in the morning)
  • rejected by MacDowell Colony, Glen Echo (local gallery), Creative York, Adobe Creative Residency (Check out my rejections here.)  

2018 Intentions

I signed up for Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd's Rituals class, so I think that will offer me some gentle structure.  And I have two other exciting projects that I can't write about yet, so I am going to be working on those.

Thinking of intentions for next year, I want to stay focused, stay engaged, and finish more.  The word I chose to represent this is "Release".   I want to be decisive about finishing paintings, I want to release them from myself and then release them into the world and move on from them.  I am too comfortable with letting things sit all around me, half done, taking up space in my mind.  

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As mentioned above I will be teaching for Wanderlust this year!  Check it out if you want to take my class Painting by the Sea, along with tons of other classes.

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