HAPPY NEW YEAR
First post of the year
Instead of resolutions for 2018, I'm going to focus on routines – more so, getting back to the routines that work for me. Holidays and vacation time can detract focus from my everyday, so BACK TO IT!
I've mentioned my morning routine before and how much it's helped me, if you're new to my blog, here's a refresher on that process: journal, read, sketch, exercise, and meditate.
Do you have any routines that make your day better?
My favourite habit One of my oldest habits is journaling. It's where I start my daily routine. I've kept one since I was a kid, and they're mostly terrible. It's interesting going back to see what and who mattered in the past. There's much laughing during this time in memory lane, perhaps a few tears, and pats on the back. I'd like to think I've come a long way.
This is a picture of my 2017 journal, it's GIANT. Before this, I wrote in smaller books, which are now scattered throughout various hiding spots in my room and studio. Last year, I picked up the "MY LIFE STORY" diary by SUCKUK. This company make the "greatest gifts on earth", it's self proclaimed, but it's true. Their products are funny, smart, and useful (most times), and my go-to gift source. The diary is meant to last a lifetime, but I finished it in one year. I call it my War and Peace journal of 2017, due to the size and perhaps subject matter. SUCKUK is so awesome that they kindly sent me a FREE continuation copy for finishing it. (They promise this at the end of the book.)
If you like to know more about SUCKUK's giant diary, click on the photo or their website, here.
First painting of the year
Fresh from my studio, my first painting of 2018: "Manarola", from the Cinque Terre series. Started Monday, October 16th, 2017 and finished Thursday January 4th, 2018. (Yes, I keep detailed records.) I wanted so much to finish it in December, but, ah-well. It takes time to make them.
I may have gotten obsessed with getting it perfect. Though, I realize it won't ever be perfect or finished, there's always something more I could fiddle with. Sometimes you have to call it DONE. Make that choice and determine that there is nothing more you can do, on to the next. Once that decision feels right, then I can let go and enjoy the finish product. Oddly enough, the painting visually transforms for me once there's enough time between the production and completion.
"Art is never finished, only abandoned."
Leonardo da Vinci
The next painting will be an addition / continuation of this, just as the last was to this painting. That's where "the work is never finished..." part comes in because these paintings aren't separate from one another, they're a progression of my work. One day, my work may look completely different.
Abandoning this post
In closing, keep trying to make it happen – whatever "it" may be. That's what I'll be doing in 2018. Until next time, thanks for reading, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!