2016. This morning I am beginning my year as I plan to go through it- a spell of quiet, a bit of painting, some planning.
2015 was crazy and wonderful and challenging and knocked me down more than once. It ended splendidly. I felt so supported and grateful for clients and friends near and far who did their holiday shopping with me. After mid-October things were a whirlwind and I dropped my plate project, dropped daily sketching and painting, even dropped running ; I focused all of my attentions in the studio and on keeping my family life running as smoothly as possible.
I took the last week to reflect on what worked and what didn't, and for the first time I'm following several of my friends in choosing a word to guide me this year. I try to always keep gratitude foremost in my mind, but this year I want to make more. Not just pottery, though that is primary, but I want to add more sewing to my knitting, and I want to remake parts of my home to better suit our changing needs.
I have a dear friend who is part of a group of people that I joke came with my marriage- my husband had a full adult life in Memphis before we met, married, and moved back from Mississippi. This group included a bookclub, which is the core of our social life here, and one of the long-time members offers gallery space to artists in her business. She has graciously given me the opportunity to have my first not-cups-and-mugs show in the spring, and today I moved from thinking about the work to making it. I'm excited to work on a larger scale, in both ceramics and in sketches- both watercolor and oils.
Another goal for this year is to check in more here. I was haphazard in my writing last year, feeling pressed for time, but I found that I missed writing. It's also time to give this space a refresh; I'll be working on that in the coming days as well.
Happy new year, friends!