"Take Your Pick"- Pulp Redux
Assemblage in progress by D.Price-Ewen (that's me in case you ever wondered! Lol.)
I'm up real early (it's 4.26am). It's been quite a warm, muggy night and my resolutions, which have been quietly simmering away in the cookpot that is my brain, have finally cooked (I just tested them now with my imaginary thought fork).
But first! HAPPY NEW YEAR! (Ours in NZ was nearly two days ago now - arrgghh, gone so quick!)
Anyway, it's kinda good I'm up so early because it's real quiet and really calm. Perfect conditions with which to set my table for a resolution feast...
So, take a seat at my table and feed on my resolution servings...or not, as the case may be! Lol.
My SketchbookMining Your Sketchbook for Inspiration; Love Stitching Red's Out With the Old and Bill Evertson's A Million Little Choices. Enough of a hint from the Universe for me to get back into the habit. I like what Jafabrit says about the sketchbook's importance, in particular:
"My teacher/mentor always said never throw out old drawings, sketches, ideas but put them all in the sketchbook no matter how silly they may seem,even if you don't like them or can't figure out how to use them. She warned me that even if I didn't like something or couldn't figure out how to technically implement an idea at the time, I might like it in the future or develop skills that would allow it's implementation."
"The Moss Pile" by D.Price-Ewen of Debrina's Diary
I love taking photographs. Fnally, like just the other day, I bought myself a very good camera. The photo above was taken last week (on my old camera) when Jason and I visited the magic forest. It's unaltered and I love it. I say the photo is unaltered because I also love the idea of altering my photographs - especially just recently now that I have photoshop! However, the unaltered image is also a bit of a rare thing these days, so I endeavour to develop my photography skills so that the raw image remains interesting, well composed and, hopefully, beautiful - without having to doctor it to make it so. Having said all that, though, I would also like to keep learning, and experimenting with, photoshop. It's still an artform in itself - a means to an end, I should say, and its artistic potential is just huge. So look out for my altered photography this year, too.
Also, because I've always wanted to get a bit more serious with my photography, I'd like to start selling my photos on Etsy. However, because my old digital camera only took images at 3.2 megapixels - not big enough to get quality prints out of - I haven't bothered. Well, now I can!
Acrylic on Canvas by D.Price-Ewen of Debrina's Diary, 2005
Ha ha. I'm not talking about the digestive track here, though with a resolution heading like that, I'm probably asking for it! Lol. What I mean here is doggedly plugging away at something, no matter how fast or slow I go, until the thing is done. Back in 2005 I was painting a canvas every fortnight or so. Sometimes weekly. I know I am time poor these days, as I am a new parent and my focus is on this little one:
Jason's plea for me to pick him up (he's saying "up, up" in this shot)
But as the painting I did in 2005, above, reminds me, consistency coupled with determination and regularity of application, brings results. Or, as I used to remind myself when I was at university, C+B= A. Conceive + Believe = Achieve. I aim to apply these little mantras of mine to all of my resolutions this year.
House and Garden
My living room BC
My living room, before child (BC), was my biggest source of inspiration. It still sort of looks like this, just minus all the ornaments. My resolution this year is not to be too dismayed at the emptiness and messiness (it is possible with a 20 month old, to have both, lol!) of my living room now days. Inspiration must come from elsewhere now, but that's no bad thing.
My garden is where I intend to apply my mantra:
The NZ xmas tree - pohutukawa buds in my garden
My garden is slowly coming back into shape. It's been quite neglected this last year and I aim to slowly get it back. As Robert Post's child (Flora Post from Cold Comfort Farm) doth say: "Nature's all very well in her place, but she musn't be allowed to make things untidy".
Keryn - my younger sister.
Keryn and I are mad keen cyclists. In fact, Keryn has partnered up with a bike shop owner, whose specialty is Belgium bikes! Go figure! Anyway, I used to do such marvellous things as the 42nd traverse on my mountain bike. The 42 stands for the track/forest line and most probably the number of kilometers(!); the traverse means mountainous, rutted terrain, lol! Now I know that might make some of you shudder, but it's heaven to me. Just recently I have got back into my bike rides (late pregnancy and birth kinda got in the way for a while there). My resolution is to keep it up this year and to finally get back to the 42nd.
The Dottie Angel Challenge - buy only 2nd hand items this year
I'm joining with my blogger friend Jo Archer from Crow Road on this one. The challenge is to buy or barter only 2nd hand goods this year. This is a tough one, particularly where art supplies are concerned - as in the utilitarian ones like glue, tape, ink and paint - but I'm gonna give it a go. I wonder how we're going to do when it comes to replacing undies and our sanitary needs? Can you buy used soap? What about tampons (ok, let's not go there girlfriends!)??? Hmmm - I'm going to redefine the challenge a bit - 2nd hand, hand-made or ok for the planet ( if its new) .
A hand-sewn page from my friendshop book to Alicia
Well, a lot actually I intend to do more sewing this year - especially where my arting and crafting is concerned. I intend to get my sewing machine fixed next pay (come hell or high water) and I also want to develop my hand-sewing - especially applique and seaming stitches.
Mail Art and ICE
Friendship postcard by D.Price-Ewen of Debrinas Diary
It's been a great year for mail art, and I endeavour to keep the momentum up this year. ICE (the International Art Exchange - see my side panel of websites), which I talk a lot about but still haven't started yet, is going to be the priority. ICE involves making 11 collages for exchange, as well as one for the museum of collage in Mexico and another for sale on Dale Copeland's online gallery. It's a lot of work but it's a good way to reinforce one's self discipline and a great way to extend one's thinking and collage techniques. My theme this year is "Green" - with all its connotations about the environment which has become of real interest to me recently.
Well , there we have it! 8 servings of inspiration...and a bit of hard graft. It'll be an interesting exercise when I come to review these at the end of the year. I've never gone public before on my resolutions, but it's a good way to ensure follow through!
I'd love to know what your resolutions are, so if you've gone public with them, don't forget to link us up in the comments section! Happy New Year everybody - now that the rest of the world has finally caught up with New Zealand, lol. Gosh you guys are slow!