Looking ahead to 2013, many people are picking their words for the year. Marjie Kemper picked FOCUS, Ronda Palazzari picked OUT, Nathalie Kalbach picked WHY. Ali Edwards has a year long workshop around your word.
I've been thinking about my word for the last two weeks. At first, I thought my word would be "authentic." Find my own true voice as an artist. Work on art and projects that touch me in a deeply authentic way. Though these are goals of mine, the word "authentic" didn't feel encompassing enough, and somehow felt a little narrow.
I rolled the word "specify" around in my mind. One of my goals for 2013 is to be more discerning and specific about where I put my energy. Although following the glittery ball can lead you to wonderful places, there is something to be said for not having too many pans on the fire, and committing in a big way to a few ideas. But something about "specify" also felt narrowing to me.
When I was walking my dog yesterday, thinking about being authentic and specific and discerning, the "right" word finally came to me!
Embrace my authentic voice. Embrace with 100% commitment the projects that feel truly important and authentic to my growth as an artist and person. Embrace whatever I am doing with 100% presence and intention. Embrace my friends and family, recognizing that they are what make my life joyous, rich and rewarding. And embrace our dedication to our work in Guatemala, because it makes everything I do more meaningful.
This is a page in my art journal that began with a watercolor wash of blues and greens. I cut and collaged some of the many gelli plate papers I have made, inspired by Carolyn Dube's gelli plate party. It's still going on, so get out your gelli plate and make some fabulous collage papers for yourself! If you don't have a gelli plate, here's a tutorial from Jennibelle's Studio about how to do similar printing with a craft mat.
Do you have a word for 2013? What is it? I want to know!
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