Gotta love that New Year's feeling!! A clean slate where you can get excited about starting new ideas or begin doing those projects that have lingered the whole previous year. First, I do not do New Year resolutions instead each new year I give myself a challenge that makes me do something the whole year. For example, 2009 I dedicated to do a drawing a day. The easiest part about the project was using left over card stock that I cut down to be all the same size. Then the hard part, WHAT TO DRAW on that first day! To combat that creative block I began to doodle, which helped to spark new ideas of what to draw next. It became a daily routine and I really began to enjoy drawing again. Half way thru the year I decided to post the drawings that I had done so far on Facebook. The surprising response from everyone only inspired me to stay dedicated to doing the project. By the end of the year I had my goal and drew 365 drawings. The sense of accomplishment was so rewarding and to this day it is one of my favorite art projects. Another year I choose 3 friends to write to each month. Just a little note to let someone know that they are being thought of. Besides, isn't it nice to get an unexpected hand written note [remember we would write to one another?] in the mail besides a piece of junk mail or a bill or a text message.
2019's challenge to myself is to do a drawing a day in my sketchbook, paint every week and to complete 1 or 2 paintings a month. So far the first few days of the New Year, I have kept up with the challenge. Here is what I have done the first few days of the new year. Most sketches are studies for possible paintings, journaling a paddle day on the water, or doodling to decompress from the day. Some post will show progress on paintings that I am working. Hopefully by the end of 2019, I will be able to achieve my goals and grow more as an artist!!