"I made no
resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of
criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily
event for me." -Anais Nin
i have decided to start the new year today. yesterday wasn't so hot. if i had made resolutions, i would have broken them all! today's a new day.
i don't really make resolutions, but i do like this idea: pick a word for the year. christine kane started this concept in 2006. you pick one word.
Then, hold that word in your mind throughout the year, and let your word guide you to take action.
last year my word was balance. i think i achieved a good level of balance overall. balancing my work, my play, my family time. of course there were times when i was out of balance, but it was a good word to keep in my mind. 2009 wasn't too bad for me. sure, my husband got laid off, and that sucked, but overall it was ok. it was the year i pulled out of my bipolar funk and began creating a bit again. very rewarding. and quite a relief to be out of my non-creative spell.
this year i'm choosing health. i think that's a good focus for me. it's important that i continue to maintain my mental health, maybe improving some. it encompasses sleep, diet, exercise and even balance. all areas that i can work on. it includes creativity because i'm healthiest when creating, but not rushing to reach impractical deadlines.
i won't have a hard time remembering the word, remembering my focus. i have it tattooed on my arm.
this is actually "to heal" in a dialect of hindi. sorry for the disembodied image. it's a little hard to take a picture of your own arm!
whether you choose a word, or choose resolutions, or eschew the whole process, i wish you a healthy, happy, prosperous new year (starting today for some of us!)
i've been quiet. i know. there are two reasons. the first is that publication project. i really bit off more than i can chew. i decided to make not one, but three books. with content. and in materials out of my comfort zone. my husband thinks i'm crazy. and that's basically what i've been working on. so i've had no pictures to share.
i will tell you a little bit. the book is authored by tammy kushnir. the tentative title is "repurposed journals." we were to make a journal (not necessarily three!) using upcycled materials. and complete the journal pages inside. i made one book out of cabinet doors (it's really large!), one out of a bit of a drop cloth, and the last out of upcycled wool. i have about half the journaling done. the drop cloth book is filled it with spray painted stencils. i found out that i really only need to do about 2 spreads of journaling per book, so that's great. i should be done soon.
but the second problem is that my depression has returned. i've spoken about having bipolar disorderbefore. but i've pretty much been symptom free for a while. just the past two weeks i've been feeling depressed again. it affects my motivation and my ability to concentrate on my artwork. everything feels like an effort. so it's been hard for me to work and hard for me to blog. i'm just hoping this is a short lived break through set of symptoms.
i managed to paint some book board, like in the picture above, and spray paint them to offer in the shop. it will probably be a little while though. i have to finish journaling, bind them all, take pictures, etc. i'll let you know when they're ready.