Welcome to 2015! Wow... can you believe we are 15 years... FIFTEEN YEARS... into the New Millennium!!! When is it that we no longer call it the "new millennium"? Seriously... I am numbed at the thought of 15 years having passed since I was storing up beans and rice for Y2K!!! lol c'mon admit it... you did it too! ;)
Being the beginning of yet a new year many of us find ourselves reflecting on the past and welcoming the new. Although I don't like to bog myself down with the past nor binding resolutions, I do like to shift and move, organize and sort, and look for new ways to express my inner creative.
This new year I find my worktable has morphed into a completely different direction from where I have been. Although I haven't thrown away the paints, I find myself hungering for solder and glass. I know I know... in the world of art trends I'm way behind... but that doesn't bother me one bit... because I seek to have fun, enjoying whatever it is my heart desires to create... and for now... it has to do with solder and glass!
35 years ago I took a stained glass class (dang, another mind blower!). And I absolutely loved it! But working with shards of glass and raising kids in the same house just doesn't mix too well... unless you have a dedicated workspace where the kids are not in danger. Not wanting to be in constant fear of mixing glass shards and kids, I left the world of glass and solder 33 years ago... not really thinking too much about it again... until recently! Happily, it has a place in my life again. There's just nothing like a bunch of creative tools!
I also completely revamped my studio to be more flexible from one project to another. I now can paint one day and easily shift to soldering or glide on into jewelry making or needlepunch! I spent weeks weeding through all my supplies, making a place for everything and getting rid of the excess. Oh, don't get me wrong... I still have tons of supplies, I'm a confessed art supply hoarder, but I truly did get rid of quite a bit I knew would no longer serve a purpose in my art. If felt great to make the effort to organize and sort, clean and restart.
Next week I begin an almost one yr journey with my sweet friend, Wyanne Thompson, in her upcoming YOU & ME class! I started classes with Wyanne 3 years ago and not only was it the best thing that ever happened for my artwork, but I can't say enough about the incredible bonds I have today with those who journeyed with me in Wyanne's classes! This last year several of these friends have won their battle with major illnesses, including Wyanne... this class is a Triumphant, WE WIN gathering of creatives all celebrating LIFE together and doing what we love most... Creating! Be sure to click on the image above for more info about Wyanne's class!
To me... that's what the New Year is all about, preparing yourself to begin again. To be renewed, respark your imagination, refresh your mind, embrace gratitude with grace and get rid of any old baggage we've been dragging around. Time to be open, free and ready to explore!
So get ready to see some fun new-to-me things. Perhaps some new painting styles, new colors, a little flair of vintage and definitely some solder and glass thrown in the mix!
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ENJOY YOUR NEW YEAR!!!