Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Looking Ahead

It's the holiday season once more, the eve of Christmas and the dusk of another year gone.  This has been a huge year for me with lots of ups and downs.  I've spent much of it feel a little out of control with too many balls-in-the-air, so to speak.  

I've had some joyful moments, some nail-biting minutes, and I've burned the candle at both ends, but I've had a great 2014 and as I look forward to another beautiful Christmas with my little family, I'm brimming with gratitude.

As my children get older, and their needs intensify (especially Thomas') I am in a constant state of reassessment about my priorities and where I need to direct my precious and extremely limited time.  So many unexpected factors have nudged me in different directions and many well laid artistic plans have fallen through the cracks.

I am still working through how I will direct my time in the coming year and what I will be focused on.  I haven't released a 2015 schedule yet as there is still so much up in the air and I don't want to commit to anything I can't honor. 

I am still deciding whether I will produce any new online classes this year as I have several live workshop commitments that I would like to honor, plus, the online class realm is feeling very crowded these days, many with questionable quality and student expectations that are changing in ways not necessarily for the better. 

I have several heart-stopping opportunities on my slate, and surprisingly I am hesitating with commitments to them.  As a creative, I have very powerful waves of inspiration that leave me breathless, but as a professional artist I can rarely indulge these as I am committed to delivering a particular product.  The frustration can sometimes be overwhelming. 

But one of the elements I have craved desperately, and that is to paint for the pure joy of it.  I've done so little of this in the past year and I feel that this coming year may need to be a learning and growing year for me.

So, I will let you know of what to expect from me as things fall into place.

In the meantime, I would like to thank all of you for your continued support this past year, especially to those of you who have taken my classes and let me guide on this stage of your own artistic journey.  It's been joyful to see so many of you blossom as artists. 

I would also like to thank Stillman & Birn, ColourArte, DecoArte, Inchies Art, & Lindy's Stamp Gang for their commitment to creativity, and their support of me, other bloggers, and artists alike.

I hope you have a wonderful, peacful, joyful, love-filled holiday season, however you celebrate it.  And I especially hope that 2015 brings you all wonderful things.

Thank you for stopping by.  xx