2013 is almost over and I have spent most of December in reflection. Slowing down, opening to the winter season, going inward and contemplating many things. 2013 was a beautiful, crazy, explorative, enriching and exhausting year.
I did my first ever art show, twice, at the Vintage Bazaar
and did some Dick Tracy impersonating with Carolyn Dube.
I taught at my first national venue Lucky Star Art Camp, and met some of the hippest and nicest women on the planet, oh yeah, on the planet. They don’t come more genuine than this group…(thank you Lisa Hamlyn Field)
I re-unioned with my sister cousins this year and painted out all kinds of good energy and had those always astounding revelations that I ONLY GET with this group of women that I love.
and a few more whose photos aren’t here.
I spent 6 months on the StencilGirl design team. (I’ll still be there once in a while, just not always), making fab projects. (Thank you Mary Beth and Maria)
I spent a romantic trip in Austin with the Superhero and re-charged and re-freshed and got a bit sassy with some cowboy duds and some flying pigs with new friend K-Ro.
I decided to change my lifestyle and follow the Grain Brain menu and get off gluten and am working on getting off sugar- mostly – too. I want to be healthier everyday.
Brought this little girl into our lives.
Oh, and running our business 5 days a week….that’s the crazier, busier(no really crazier)me.
And in December, the universe brought me some experiences that opened up the idea of how fragile we all really are. I am tough, always have been, and 98% cheery, always have been, but this is the first year that I really felt that I was missing something, not giving myself permission to be, well, FRAGILE. To open to the idea that I no longer HAD to be tough, had to be always cheery, the good sport, and the one everyone looks to in a pinch. So moving foward…
2014 will be my year of exploring my own fragility, letting the heart flutter a bit, not taking on that next big project, but softening and listening to the whispers of the wind through the trees and the voices in my dreams that echo down those long hallways of memory. The year of reading more poetry and writing some of my own, they year of spending more time wallowing in whatever I want to languish in. More walks in the woods with our doggies, more time on making whatever speaks to me and more time with my sweet Superhero. More time doing – nothing – and maybe more nothing. Not feeling guilty about it either.
FRAGILE will be my word for 2014.
I have decided to pursue a year long art project around the idea of FRAGILE and I will be hand stitching an art quilt that will reveal itself to me as the year goes on. To begin I made this 4 foot by 6 foot inspiration board in my studio…
Some of what is here, and probably at least part of what is here will make it into my quilt, some might not, but it’s a good start and my first act moving into 2014. I will share it’s progress periodically here.
Happy 2014 everyone. I hope your dreams bring you where you want to be. Thanks for reading and commenting and just being here. I am fuller always because of you. Blessings and peace as we move into this new year.