|Willow - our xmas kitten|
Happy New Year!!!!!! I swear it didn't seem that long ago that I wrote up my 2010 Resolutions! Now, here we are, at the dawn of 2011 and I'm having to formulate new ones. I joked to my friend Alicia the other day that my first and probably only resolution is to get through the year with my sanity intact! She quipped (very quickly, I might add!) that she'd thrown that one out a long time ago, ha ha.
Well, the best place to start with my 2011 resolutions is to look back at my 2010 resolutions
When I wrote these resolutions, I was up real early (4.26am). It had been a warm, muggy night, I couldn't sleep, and my resolutions, which had been quietly simmering away in the cookpot that is my brain, had finally cooked. So I served them up on my resolution table. Now, looking back, it's surprising to me (despite my perpetual tiredness from running around after a toddler) what I did achieve.
"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."
I did indeed use my sketchbook a lot more in 2010; in fact, I even bought myself a moleskin - which is nearly all full up with notes, doodles, scribbles, ideas and contacts. This alone single handedly helped me organise myself for the art fairs I attended during the second half of the year and even contributed towards my dream of running my first ever art workshop.
|Winter Trees - D.Price-Ewen 2010|
|Summer Flower - D.Price-Ewen 2010|
I love taking photographs. Just before the 2010 new year, I finally bought myself a very good camera. The first photo above was taken from the magic forest - a wooded reserve we often visit with each new season. This one is altered, as my resolution was to learn to not only take well composed photos but also to learn photoshop.
I certainly know a lot more about photoshop now than when I altered my Winter Trees. I've learned mainly from experimenting and playing and from my friend Pania, who is a whizz using this software. My photography is hit and miss still...more fluke than forte!
Consistency and Regularity
Ha ha. I wasn't talking about the digestive track there, though with a resolution heading like that, I was probably asking for it! What I mean then was doggedly plugging away at something, no matter how fast or slow I went, until the thing was done.
This was my mantra throughout the year, and it reaped me some rich rewards. I was able to participate in so many things in 2010 - from participating in a book collaboration, to gardening, seting up a national taskforce on e-readers (this was part of my other job as a librarian) attending art fairs and running a workshop.
House and Garden
My living room BC (Before Child)
My living room, before child (BC), was my biggest source of inspiration. It no longer looks like this. My resolution for 2010 was not to be too dismayed at the emptiness (minus the nice, breakable stuff I loved) and messiness of my living room these days. Inspiration has had to come from elsewhere, especially with a male toddler trashing the place, but that's no bad thing.
|My vege patches (and Andy's long board!)|
|Sorrel and Oregano make good bed mates!|
My garden is where I got most of my inspiration from this year. To see it now, it's almost unrecognisable from what it was this time last year. I applied my serving three mantra whenever I could when I was in my garden in 2010.
I still spin out a bit when it comes to my livingroom, ha ha. When the studio gets too messy, it's nice to step out of it for a breather and BC, the place I went to was indeed my livingroom. Well, it's no longer a place of solace. Nowadays, it is a place for Thomas and his friends Percy and Cranky (the crane...remember?); you can't sit comfortably on our 3 seater..oh no, not without chippy crumbs and sticky spaghetti plastering your bottom. Why not sit at the table then? Sure, if you don't mind the new kitten (Willow) nipping and clawing at your feet and your child launching himself from the tabletop. But oh what a happy household we are! And I wouldn't trade it in for the world :-)
Now, off to the garden....
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 (and they sold lots in 2010). 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. In early 2010 I had indeed got back into my bike rides. My resolution was to keep it up in 2010 and finally get back to the 42nd.
Ha ha ha. Was I joking??? The cycling soon stopped after son turned two (Autumn) and the end of daylight saving finished it off for good. The roads have also become a lot more dangerous - with more cycling fatalities in 2010 than in any other year on record :-( A sad indictment of New Zealand's reckless and irresponsible driving habits. I'm sticking to my walking for a wee while yet.
The Dottie Angel Challenge - buy only 2nd hand items this year
This started off real well, I even established the Barter Circle. Why, it's still going (only just) and reaping followers...but I didn't apply my mantra from serving three to this task and failed miserably as soon as my glue ran out.
|Cuff by D.Pricec-Ewen - this was the first thing I sold at my first ever art fair.|
Sewing was the aim of the game for 2010 - especially in my art. Boy did I meet this resolution head on - with a new sewing machine and lots and lots of cuffs, book pages, atcs, collages and mixed media pieces sewn up!
Mail Art and ICE
2009 was a great year for mail art, and I had endeavoured to keep the momentum up for 2010. Well, that was the one thing I had to let go of, along with ICE to achieve the things I did achieve in 2010. ICE (the International Art Exchange - see my side panel of websites), 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 for the 2010 year was "Green" - with all its connotations of the environment.
I sold all of my ICE contributions at my art fairs (not exactly in keeping with the spirit of the exchange, lol!) Mail Art is something I read about now on other people's blogs, such as The Missive Maven or Lyle's from Just a Note and Dave from Old Paper Art. Maybe oneday, when the boy is a bit older, I might get back into it...but for now I'm happy to take a back seat and enjoy the ride.
Well , there we have it! I said when I set these resolutions that it would be an interesting exercise when I came to review them at the end of the year. It has been!!! Wow, looking back through my blog, I've achieved a lot and also met most of my 2010 resolutions. I'm trying to pat myself on the back right now, but I'm so unfit I can't reach it anymore, ha ha! (just kidding).
NEXT WEEK: My 2011 New Year's Resolutions...what will yours be???