Happy 2010! I hope the New Year is filling you with inspiration, rejuvenation, and a few select resolutions, if you so choose. My holiday break was lovely and full of hikes, museums, movies, small social gatherings, sewing, knitting, and dreaming. Today, I'm slipping back into my Monday studio groove by editing poems, finishing up a short story, and sifting through a few rolls of film I just developed. (The above images are medium format film shot on a Holga camera in Oct/Nov 2009.)
Did you make any New Year's resolutions? Regardless of my resolutions, this time of year always finds me reflective on the past year's ups and downs while trying to see my upcoming goals and intentions with greater clarity. This year, I have a resolution and it's quite finite: To get my creative work out into the world. I aim to send timid poems to publishers, approach design blogs without fear, contact curators, and add new work to my Etsy shop at a quickened pace. In general, I want to keep the art-cycle flowing from inspiration to creation to public viewing, without much hesitating.
I find comfort in my shyness, my squirreling away, my tendency to nest. I like the quiet hours at work with my poems, my prints, my photographs or stitches, but I find that I have to keep stretching my comfort zone to reach for my artistic goals. So this year, that stretching means sending my work out into the world even if it makes me queasy. It's amazing how emotional the creative process is for so many of us. How it adds another level of self-criticism and/or self-reflection that needs to be met with patience, compassion, and continued dedication. So, when I get nervous along the way, give me a loving nudge, will you? Happy 2010!