Well I’ve chosen my words for 2014, the first two took a while to nail down and just when I thought I was set a third popped into my brain and just won’t leave. So I guess I’ll have three words to focus on in 2014. In some ways they overlap but each resonates with me in a different way! I’m starting with one that is popular with many people, SIMPLIFY. As the last year entailed uprooting from a home we’d lived in for 32 years there has been a lot of packing, sorting, recycling and discarding going on. But not enough! I still find my closets stuffed with items I don’t care for, boxes full of items waiting to find a place (I’m thinking someone else’s place!) and some re-arranging of the items I did keep needs to be done to make life flow more easily. Not only is there home-type items on the simplify list but also artistic, business, personal items and schedules that need to be pared back as well. I’m getting excited just thinking about it. I keep referring back to last year’s word, Haven, and ready my description of what I think a haven should be. Simplifying will help me get there!
The second word on my horizon is TRANSFORM.
It’s something I’ll be working on in several different areas and levels of my life. I feel like I’ve been stagnant, just in a holding pattern, waiting for the “right time” to change things up. There’s no better time than now! Art-wise the transformation of an old garage space into my studio space began last fall, with the first of four projects being complete. In that it was also the largest of the four projects we are probably more like half-finished at this point. But there is still lots of transforming to be done, even after the construction phase! I also have been in dire need of some physical transforming, so I’ll be tackling that too. I feel better just thinking about it, just think how good I’ll feel once I finally DO something about it! Which leads to my last word, the one that won’t leave me alone. For some it may not have the impact that it does for me but becoming more ASSERTIVE is a huge step in my life.
For as long as I can remember I’ve been a peacemaker, a fixer, a soother, doing whatever it takes to make sure others are happy, no one is ever mad. Any kind of turmoil or confrontation was to be avoided at all cost. To be honest I’m tired of it. Tired enough to think making a change would be easier than continuing! I’ve already practiced a few times this year. 🙂 (Yes I realize it’s only the 3rd of January!) The world did not come to an end and it felt GOOD. It may not always but I’m ready to try. I’ll need to be assertive for the transformations I’ll be undertaking this year so it goes nicely with that word too! As I kept having assertive come up over & over I also ran across this meme, which says it best:
So, there you have it – no settling allowed!
What words speak to you this year? Hold them close and find all the ways to use them.
So, in my last post I explained that I had chosen not one, but two, words to focus on in 2013. Although the first word I shared, HAVEN, is something I want to create for myself it really is more of a “project” type word than a focus for the year. What popped into my mind immediately when I thought about choosing a word for the year was EXPLORE. I love that word! So full of possibilities, with so many different areas in life it can apply to! Again, I jotted down a list of words that I felt attached themselves to EXPLORE and then created a piece of word art from them.
I love how it turned out! Although there are some controls when making one of these “Wordles” the website randomly generates much of the images. It took several tries before this one came into being, once I saw that “Love, art, life” were surrounded by the larger “explore” I knew it was the one I would use. I plan on printing it out and hanging it here & there throughout my home & studio, tucking it into journals and just letting it inspire me throughout 2013. It makes me feel as if I am going on a grand adventure, I can hardly wait! Of course I’ll share my artistic explorations and teachings (I’ve been gearing up for several new projects in those areas) but I will also share some of the bits & pieces of my other explorations as well. I expect you all to hold me accountable…if I start to seem stale and boring you best tell me to get exploring! 🙂
I know many people make their resolutions this time of year but I’ve never been a fan of them. Why set myself up in a situation than often ends in failure?! I had read a year or two ago that some people choose a word to focus on for the upcoming year and I really like that idea instead. This year I ended up with two words and, since I don’t think there are any hard & fast rules to these sort of thing, I’m using them both. My mind has been whirling at an even faster pace the last few days (something I don’t really appreciate as I lay awake at night listening to it) and for some reason I am really excited about the possibilities for the upcoming year. I’m also in one of those moods where I want to move all the furniture around the house, re-do my studio (I’ve actually started that process already) and the BIG thing I really want to create this year is a HAVEN. Not to say that I don’t have a comfortable home I just have times that I want to escape. As I’m not independently wealthy at this time I can’t just up and travel at the drop of a hat. But I still have that yearning to go somewhere and be alone. So, HAVEN was one of the words I chose. I had fun thinking of words that describe what I am seeking, then I used the “Wordle” program and created this image:
At the bare minimum the spot I’m thinking of creating my haven in could stand a fresh coat of paint. There are lots of other ideas dancing in my head but that will be the first step. I’ll keep you posted through out the year as I begin the process of bringing this desire into reality! Curious about the other word I’ve selected for 2013? I’m saving that for the next post. 🙂
What word (or words) would you choose to focus on during the new year?
Another text/word/quote based piece – this one even includes actual metal typesetting pieces in the composition! Beginning with a large piece of paper that I had painted, stamped letters and patterns onto I proceeded to add more paper and designs on top of it to create the background.
While that was drying I began working with the typesetting pieces, selecting small letters & symbols that would fit within the square pieces they would be held together in, eventually making three groups that would be added to the piece next. I also stamped some copper designs across the surface.
To finish off the piece I did some shading with pencil, added written text over the surface with a fine line marker and also outlined some of the text on the surface to emphasize certain words & phrases.
I am facinated by words & language and frequently like to include it in my artwork. Today I was doing a little surfing and found this cool new website (well, new for me…you may have known about it a long time ago!)…it’s called Wordle. According to their site:
“Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.”
You can change fonts, colors, layout, etc….it’s a fun little gadget to play with! I made this image by inputting my artist statement:
Anyhow, the next time you want to present your words or message in a new way or even if you just want to spend a few minutes “playing” give Wordle a try!