As much as I can be a bit of a Bah Humbug around Xmas, I really love the last week of the year over every other week. The reason? I am wrapping it up!
I am a list maker, a ‘do-er’. I know, it seems odd considering I am a flaky artist, but I like thinking about what I want to accomplish in the coming year and how I might go about doing that. I love having a to-do list. Because I love, even more so, checking things off that list.
I just wanted to share Alyson Stanfield’s blog post “Count Your Accomplishments”. As much as I like to button up and package away the previous for the new with casual regard – her list of questions made me sit down and think about what I did this year and appreciate it — despite the chaos that was going on in the world. I want to share a few things from my list because I realize looking at it how important people are in our creative lives. Being an artist seems like a solitary job – and it can be – but the creative community is very strong and if you are forgetting to include people, you are forgetting an important ingredient. People bring opportunities, inspiration and learning. And I think that was my overall lesson this year.
So a few of accomplishments from her list that I don’t mind sharing, they might be useful.
Something that I really like to do is to arrange for studio visits with artists I admire. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions about their work, hear about the process of creation, and the challenges they encounter as artists. I have found these visits almost always invaluable in a variety of unexpected ways.
What medium or skill did you attempt or master?
Attempted working with Paperclay, plaster, and casting/mold making. I actually want to switch over to Paperclay if I can. Polymer clay is starting to bother me a bit, the smell, some of the toxicity in the kind I use, and I never feel I can wash it off my hands completely. Conditioning the clay often causes my hands to get bruised.
What did you try that was uncomfortable but helped you grow?
Mold making/casting. I learned that I am terrible at it but I can’t help but like it. Kind of.
What books did you read to help your career?
Alyson Stanfield’s “I’d Rather Be In The Studio”
I’m looking forward to 2011.
Happy new year all!