i know that jan 1st is just a day, but to me, a new year means opportunity to reevaluate your goals. i am a goal oriented gal. i like making lists, i like crossing things off those lists and i like pushing myself and setting goals like reaching for dreams.
last year i set out to do big things, my word for 2013 was "ACHIEVE" but i realized quite quickly that even though ideas sound good, in execution they could be daunting!
for example "the craft show concept" - i tried, recorded about 3 episodes and realized that my expectations did not quite line up with what i was able to do. to attempt something of that magnitude correctly, is a FULL TIME JOB...however, that said i am so glad i tried, because now i know i do not want the hassle of producing something like that. (one day soon i will edit the footage and show it here)
what i realized more than ever is that while an entrepreneurial spirit is a great thing, my passion, my calling is truly creating art, getting elbow deep into paints and supplies and sharing that journey with others that like to do the same.
so this years word is : BALANCE
i finally admitted to myself last year that, i do not love to travel. there i said it!
i mean i love the seeing the world, meeting some of the most life-changing and inspiring people and immersing myself in other cultures, but my kids are getting older and they need me. i want to be with them. i dont want to miss a moment of it because i now see how fleeting this time is.
BALANCE : "coming to know the truth of who i am"
so in 2014, some travel/teaching, so i do not miss the opportunities life has given me to experience and grow from others across the globe.
but truly what i want to do is cultivate the opportunities for more artist events here at my STUDIO. i want to build a community, a safe haven, where artists come and teach and share there passions, skills and styles and students are made to feel at home, relaxed, empowered and pampered by their experience.
there is a special magic that happens at the studio, it is indescribable, transcendent. if you haven't experienced a weekend at the STUDIO i know your thinking i am full of crap, but i'm not. its in the air and is cultivated by the hearts and the minds of the incredible gift of friends, students and Artists that have travelled far and wide to be a part of the Inspired experience. it is truly empowering.
this year i have invited some of the most talented Artists in the industry to share their Artistry. each one has a story, bringing something unique to the table and has a style that will not only change your art, but the way you perceive yourself as an Artist.
i have also decided not to continue with Inspiration Wednesday & Collage Monday this year. i know, i know i can hear you gasping as i write this. it wasn't an easy decision, the connections and the art that has come from sharing my art journal processes have been life changing...truly incredible.
these 2 weekly journal posts take a significant amount of time to create, maintain, film, edit, etc. i will still work and keep somewhat current in these journals on a personal level and will do my best to make sure i do share from these journals as often as i can.
in my quest for BALANCE i want to keep true to who i am and follow my passions.
as i continue to explore and grow in other areas i started to feel burdened by the commitment of maintaining a journal entry for public consumption each week and i never want to feel that way about the creative process.
when i looked deeper, what i really wanted to share with you was the experience and the feeling of complete empowerment that is felt at an Inspired weekend at the STUDIO. I wanted to be able to bring this experience to as many creatives across the globe as i could, creatives and Artists that could not physically be at one of our events.
i have developed my online 48 Weeks course in way that demonstrates the processes that emerge along a year long journey of an Artist and although i know NOTHING will ever replicate the one-on-one experience of being taught face to face by the original Artist, Launching my new 48 Weeks course is the one way i knew i could bring a "Virtual Inspired Event" directly to the homes of a much broader audience.
these 48 Weeks of projects are designed to be an in depth look into not only the artistic process, but filled with product knowledge, application and explanation of different media. Students have direct access to me all year, as well as, will be building their own strong artistic community amongst themselves, multiplying the opportunities for developing processes and honing in on their own styles. This is the magic...the magic that happens in the studio...people coming together, taking the knowledge that has been imparted to them and synthesizing it, transforming it and sharing it with the group in a new intrinsically unique way.
a shift in BALANCE...the student or the teacher
i promise to share snippets of this journey on the blog through out the year, as well as, stretch myself as an artist by exploring new skills and sharing those processes with you.
i want to focus on making this blog space a virtual studio as well, where i can share what i am learning and new products that excite me.
taking risks is one of the most valuable skills i have acquired in my artistic process. Inspiration wednesday was a testament to that practice and i still intend to share the good bad and the ugly triumphs and failures here with you all year, LOL!
i almost chose journey as my word for 2014, but i realized that the journey is nothing if your life isn't in BALANCE. i know that not everyone can afford the year long commitment and cost of taking an introspective journey like 48 Weeks or travel and attend one of our Inspired Events, but to be active and interactive with the creative space and community we can create here on the blog can be just as powerful.
i hope that no matter what path your journey takes this year, that it shapes and transforms you, builds your creative confidences, challenges you to grow and changes your perspectives.
i would love to hear from you today,
share your thoughts, set your goals and empower each other to take risks...
that's creating the magic!