New Year Yellows

People often talk of the blues when they are feeling down. So I picked a vibrant, exultant color that I think represents feeling up: yellow. I really like what Tammy had to say on her website: “No resolutions this year, but journaling on things I am grateful for, things I am claiming, and things I would like to accomplish.” Tammy says her word for the year is “sacred.” I joyfully concur.

1–I want to teach classes about art and creativity, which have been part of my life for decades now. I have presented at the Ontario Library Association (2 years in a row), and held creative sewing classes. For many years I gave private piano lessons. I have a teaching degree, am a professional librarian (MLIS) and a working artist, so I think this is a realistic and exciting goal.

2–I will share more of my techniques, and processes, trying to overcome a protective need to show only finished work. It can be risky showing works in progress, as you may regret having overworked a piece because you like an earlier version better! At a deeper level, exposing a work before it is finished can cause a loss of the energy needed to complete it. So I will have to monitor how this goes.

3–I will show my work, and sell it, every chance I get. I want to put it out in the world. Like children who have grown, I want to see how my art survives, how it develops, what effect it has. I am curious and expectant. I am ready to claim a different level of working and being.

4–I have so much to be grateful for, I don’t think I could ever stop writing if I wanted to get everything down. Number 1, my beloved, Ted: facilitator, mentor, friend. My children, who are intelligent, creative, and generous. My family, including a sister who shares the art addiction. My wonderful friends, who encourage and inspire me. My studio, and the time I have to create within it. Books: my lifelong teachers.

Blues be banished (the moods, of course, I adore every variation of the hue). This is my yellow year.


About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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One Response to New Year Yellows

  1. jted says:

    Here here! I love the enthusiasm of the New Year, the feeling of starting over, the odometer beginning at zero, a marker to track our progression.

    I too believe resolutions are old hat, but I am all for Routinizations. By that I mean getting into new routines that will benefit your larger goals. I have written 10 things on a small piece of paper the size of a business card. Every day I examine my card, and make choices to get me further along the road to my dreams. Without this, I find it is too easy to forget, to lose focus.

    I call these my LifeFocus Cards, and the are going to be part of a larger experiment this year to see if I can accomplish some big creative goals, similar to what you have outlined here.

    I wish you all the best! Your energy and enthusiasm are inspiring.

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