No pretty pictures. Just words this time on a blank slate.
Everyone seems to have a word for the new year. My word for 2014 is confidence. Confidence in myself and my work as an artist. 2013 was a rough year. Being in demand is very flattering and very reassuring in this economy, but that yielded a lot of work and even more stress. More stress than I’ve ever had since I went out on my own 8+ years ago. I’m also adding a mantra for the year. “I’m only one person.” I’ve applied this label to myself that I can do it all. I’ll get it done. I always do, but it’s been at the expense of my sanity and my health. I’m a people pleaser but I’m not pleasing myself in the process.
So with that all said, I’m approaching life and work differently this year. Clearing out the chatter of social media (it has been such and annoyance and time suck for me at the same time), TV (there’s just too much junk on), news, comparing myself to other artists, etc. out of my mind and sticking to what I really want to do. What I know I am called to do. I am passionate about illustrating for children as well as designing products and new product lines. THAT is what I want to do! I want to have time to make art for the sake of making it and not think that I can only work on things that can be commercialized later. I want to help other achieve their creative dreams. I want to write. I want to do. I just want to create. So that’s what I’m going to do. I’ll be on FB some, blogging a little more but more importantly, creating the heck out of 2014!