New Year Yellows
People often talk of the blues when they are feeling down. So I picked a vibrant, exultant color that I think represents feeling up: yellow. I really like what Tammy had to say on her website: “No resolutions this year, but journaling on things I am grateful for, things I am claiming, and things I would like to accomplish.” Tammy says her word for the year is “sacred.” I joyfully concur.
1–I want to teach classes about art and creativity, which have been part of my life for decades now. I have presented at the Ontario Library Association (2 years in a row), and held creative sewing classes. For many years I gave private piano lessons. I have a teaching degree, am a professional librarian (MLIS) and a working artist, so I think this is a realistic and exciting goal.
2–I will share more of my techniques, and processes, trying to overcome a protective need to show only finished work. It can be risky showing works in progress, as you may regret having overworked a piece because you like an earlier version better! At a deeper level, exposing a work before it is finished can cause a loss of the energy needed to complete it. So I will have to monitor how this goes.
3–I will show my work, and sell it, every chance I get. I want to put it out in the world. Like children who have grown, I want to see how my art survives, how it develops, what effect it has. I am curious and expectant. I am ready to claim a different level of working and being.
4–I have so much to be grateful for, I don’t think I could ever stop writing if I wanted to get everything down. Number 1, my beloved, Ted: facilitator, mentor, friend. My children, who are intelligent, creative, and generous. My family, including a sister who shares the art addiction. My wonderful friends, who encourage and inspire me. My studio, and the time I have to create within it. Books: my lifelong teachers.
Blues be banished (the moods, of course, I adore every variation of the hue). This is my yellow year.