Jan 5, 2008

Resolve


Ah, the lure of a new year. So much possibility, so many things I'd like to do. It's always tempting to commit to a year-long project - for several years it was the block-of-the-month quilts, now it's the many incarnations of make-art-every-day/week/month. And I do want to make art and be creative every day. But I don't want to lock myself into a specific project or format.

As I look forward, I realize that this year I have two things that I haven't had in the past. First, my time is my own. And second, I finally know what I want to make. I'm bursting with ideas and I'm finally reaching a point where I'm comfortable with my own techniques, my own ideas, my own style. I'm transitioning to just making stuff instead of wasting a bunch of time worrying whether my ideas are good enough.

And so, armed with my time and my ideas, my resolution for this year is: MAKE A LOT OF ART. Don't worry about good or bad or external considerations like shows, etc., just make stuff.

The "stuff" in the picture is a cover for a weekly planner that I made for a friend on New Year's Day. It's a nice start.

3 comments:

The Idaho Beauty said...

Indeed it is. Very nice cover. I hope 2008 is a good year for you. It feels much more promising to me, full of more expectation and positive vibes. Could that be because it's an even and not an odd number??? Who cares, all I know is I feel GOOD about this year, and it sounds like you do too.

Here's to making a lot of "stuff" this year!

Shadan said...

Chica You ROCK no matter what you make...it's all beautiful. As long as it comes from the heart the beauty will show! You are awesome my friend. I am thinking of you.

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

Yes, yes -- make, make, make! There's such freedom in dropping judgment, or at least suspending it until after you've finished making whatever it is you are making. Nice cover, too.