As I reflect on the personal side the past year, which won’t go into my own history book as one of my favorites, I can still find some things about the year for which I am grateful:
1) We got through the year with no major crises within our immediate family. That alone is huge.
2) We sold our house.
3) Our aging chocolate lab, Zoe, is still with us. My husband and I got our first dog in 1989 and have never been without one since. Zoe is only our second dog and I find that to be amazing.
4) I had a meet-up with my best college girlfriend. First time I’d seen her in five years. (Sorry, no pics available, thank God). I just remembered that I went to the Armstrong Glass Outlet in Atlanta on this trip and got these amazing pieces of stained glass.
I know this list is a bit short, but I’m embracing it anyway, because frankly, I had a few pretty crappy years before 2013.
Creatively, or more specifically, mosaically, 2013 was pretty barren, too. I set goals for myself in January. I didn’t think these were very lofty goals, and yet, I didn’t come close to meeting them. Oh, well. I’m not going to set any goals in 2014 and I'll just see what happens. Even so, I’m still gonna list a few good things that gave me some sustaining creative mojo in 2013.
I tried a few new things.
1) I took a stab at painting. (Background info: Though I’ve now had the opportunity to take some workshops, I am a self-taught mosaicist. No fine art major here). After doing a little research I purchased some supplies and experimented just a little.
2) I did this acrylic on canvas “healing mandala”: and gifted to someone with a chronic illness. (It has symbolic imagery that is meaningful only to her).
3) I have still not touched the oils. Waiting for courage to squeeze those little tubes.
4) I did a few little tiny small mixed media pieces.
5) I made some porch art
6) In November, I travelled to Charolotte, NC to take a workshop from Yulia Hanansen. I started this:
7) I participated in Lin Schorr's collaborative mosaic installation. (More info will follow in another post).
8) I made some jewelry, like this:
9) And like this:
11) I wrote only a few poems (some much darker than the one below), but I’m too cowardly to share them here.
I can’t do this.
It’s difficult to put it
The truth stripped bare
For all, or one, or none
To view, to judge, or ignore
It’s so much easier…
To vent poetic
It’s quite pathetic
My shield that’s made of words
And here I hide
As if I’ve lied
Pretending that you've heard
12) I also wrote a few silly sing-song poems like this:
Why can I not remember
Words pulled from sandman embers
Of the night before?
I tossed. I turned. Was bothered.
I slept. I woke. I authored.
A phrase or two
Came far and few.
But by dark’s end
I’d made amends
The words dreamed up were brilliance
Awake, mind’s lost resilience
And poem, there is no more.
Now that I’ve listed these creative endeavors, I realize that though 2013 didn’t take the course that I had imagined with my planned goals, I did manage to squeeze in a little bit of creative soul nurturing. The end result is that I feel well-rested and ready to tackle 2014. I can’t put my finger on it, but there just seems to be a little buzz in the air. And it’s not just with me. These last few weeks, I’ve read inspirational posts, witnessed acts of kindness, and I’ve seen other artists start to get their feet wet again. I think we’re all ready to have a great year, and I can’t wait to see what the tide brings in!
Thanks for stopping by,