Happy New Year to one and all!
I’m not making New Year’s Resolutions any more, because to be honest they usually seem to be about giving up things and I rarely keep those kinds of promises. So this year I am trying something new.
One of the workshops I did at 21 Secrets 2011 (now sadly ended) was Gretchen Miller’s Revo-lution workshop. It’s all about exploring concepts of transformation, creating change and new possibilities through art. You concentrate on key words that have meaning for you and you make a journal page to show that meaning visually. You can find out much more about this process at Gretchen’s blog Creativity in Motion. It’s a great thing to do and I highly recommend it. I do believe it can be life-changing for the better.
I made one Revolution book during 21 Secrets which concentrated on Joy, Bravery, Harmony, Creativity, Confidence, Authenticity and Serenity and now I am making a new book for 2012. The first page is about Inspiration – I want to be inspired and I’d like to inspire others. The book is a 5″ by 5″ board book stripped back to the board and then gesso’d and I’ve used images that inspire me. The couple on the left are my parents who have loved and inspired me all my life; the sunset at Castara bay in Sunny Tobago (one of my favourite places on earth); a bit of an old map of Ryde, the town where I live, it has a fascinating history; Albert Einstein – who was a genius, deep thinker and often a little playful, I would have loved to have met him; Images of work of Joan Miro and Keith Haring, two of my favourite artists. The little image bottom right says Plant a Seed, because that’s what inspiration is – the potential for something great. I’ve included ArchBishop Desmond Tutu because he is another highly intellegent man, deep thinker, has a heart the size of a planet and a ‘wicked’ laugh. I would love to meet him.
My good news is that I am now signed up for 21 Secrets 2012 so this year I will be participating for the whole 9 months, (big smile).
I hope all your dreams come true in 2012. Here’s to another art full year.