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
- adding cut paper textures
- 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
- 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)
- 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.
- paper cutting with craft knife
- painting at the beach, on a picnic table on an oceanfront porch in the shade (a personal heaven)
- 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
- 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.)
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.
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.