Hello, hello and welcome 2019!
This is the first year in a few where I haven’t made a new year’s resolution that’s directly art-related. For the last two years I’ve had the goal to be creating more and upskilling myself. You know what? I really do feel like I’ve achieved it. For the first time since I left school (when I was doing art every single day for a solid few hours) I feel like I can create work to the same standard as I could then. That’s not to say that I never make mistakes, but I no longer feel like I’m playing catch up with my former self.
To celebrate, I think I can graduate to the next level of creative new year resolutions. This year, my aim is to start selling art/creative pieces. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not to make any money. It’s to have a new kind of pressure and accountability to keep the creative fire flaming that’s a bit more tangible than just upskilling myself.
The other, much better, reason is that I can do it with my friend! She makes fabulous embroidery, and since I’ve recently moved back to London we can actually spent much more time together, which bring profound joy. We had an art afternoon before Christmas and it was one of the most lovely days I’ve had in ages.
I’ll of course be recording our progress, but we’ll still be figuring out how to make the logistics of it work. I’ll update you all with new projects soon. In the meantime, let me know of any creative resolutions you’ve made.
Happy New Year!
Over christmas and new year I had the most amazing trip with my boyfriend and his family. We went to Hong Kong, Australia and Bangkok. I could talk for hours about each, but I think I’ll probably just compile some photos for you all rather than ramble on and on.
Now that I’ve had some time to settle back into normal working life, I thought I’d reflect a bit on my new year resolutions (I know, late for some, but they are ongoing after all!)
I love setting resolutions, but then I love measurables, and am all about self-motivation. Every year I set myself 5, usually work related, health related and something art related. Depending on what’s going on in my life the other 2 will vary (this year one is to get moving on buying a flat!)
So far I’m doing well with all except art. Well, I’ve drawn and taken photos and I’m getting the practise in, but I’m not sharing it anywhere. For me, that’s an important motivator to keep going. Knowing I haven’t posted art in a month means I feel more inclined to do so, or else fall into the pit of “oh well, it’s been this long already”.
I’m really not about beating yourself up though. Every day is a new chance and it’s always better to act than not, and that remains true regardless of how long it’s been. So, with this in mind, I’m going to start the day fresh and motivated. Hope you all feel the same way too!
P.S: I recently signed up to skill share. It’s early days for me, but does anyone here use it? Or have recommended videos?