My word for 2016 is "beyond." It seemed good in several ways. I hope to keep moving forward artistically—beyond my comfort zone, beyond my safe expectations, beyond "good enough." This year I am faced with a significant birthday. I need to mentally move beyond fears about aging, beyond physical limitations and, most importantly, beyond stereotypes about age. When that birthday arrives I plan to have moved beyond dismay and be ready to embrace a sense of celebration!
"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have finished my month of experimenting and I'm ready to get back to my work. I did not manage to do something every day, but then I didn't anticipate a lovely little trip to Seattle or three great days at the beach or all the friends I would get to spend time with in December. Still, I enjoyed what I did do, and even used one of my little experiments to make my little "beyond" talisman, above. Here are all the experiments.
The last thing I did in my studio, in 2015, was to make myself a new studio apron.
I'm ready to get to work!