Happy New Year 2016!

January 1, 2016


Above: A shorn sheep, resting in a jacket before showing at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair. Sakura Pigma Sensei 03 with Schmincke Pan Watercolors on cream THSaunders/Waterford 140 lb. Hot Press Watercolor (9 x 12 inches).

Each New Year’s Day I like to do a little bit of everything I love. I see it as setting the intention for the rest of the year. It’s also a great way to get over to the zoo when other folks might be more concerned about staying inside during the cold weather! 

So I’ll be doing some writing, some sketching of live subjects (animals and humans), and maybe some baking. I’ll spend time with Dick talking about our plans for 2016.

I’m also looking forward to binding a couple of books for the first time in ages. The paper was torn several months ago and frankly one of the stacks is a holiday gift for a dear friend (she knew it would be overdue). Keep your fingers crossed on that one.

This is my ritual every New Year’s Day. I’ve written about this ritual every New Year’s Day since I started this blog in October 2008. You can find the other posts by using my blog’s search engine.

(I just realized I was so busy filming online classes in October that I forgot to have a “quiz” but I promise to have one this year, for dedicated blog readers.)

I feel that at this point I’ve said what I can about my NYD ritual. Except that I want to encourage each of you to find a NYD ritual that allows you to set an intention for your year that takes into account your goals and dreams.

I believe that doing a little bit every day is the key to getting projects large and small completed. And spending an hour or even a couple minutes on the first day of the year thinking about this, is a healthy thing.

Regardless of what life throws at you, if you’ve been thoughtful and focused about your dreams and goal, you’ll be able to stay on track. Or you’ll be able to take flexible and SANE detours.

So whatever your situation is in life, take some time today to look at your life, jot down what your goals are—be specific. Jot down some art dates in your day planner if haven’t already.

Hold your intention to have a creative life, in your mind and on the page of your journals as you move forward into 2016.

That you for stopping by. I'm looking forward to another year of sharing my many enthusiasms with you. Happy sketching! 

If you would like help setting your intention and working on your drawing skills and developing your drawing habit I would love to help you in my "Drawing Practice: Drawing Live Subjects in Public Class." It begins January 31. Read about it at the link.

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