Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Year, New Projects!

As usual, a flurry of new motivation comes my way as soon as the new year hits. My goals get written down, I plan to have my days organized, but it always falls apart. My goal is to make small changes for big impact and to do them daily. I am inspired by my husband and his recent training for marathons. He ran his first marathon a couple of years ago and did another one last month. If you know anyone who runs marathons, you realize that there is a plan they follow right down to what they eat and when. It doesn't start on race day or even a couple of weeks ahead, but months ahead. It builds from short runs to longer ones and weekly there is a plan in place for building on progress.

I have some big goals, that have been interrupted by life for the last few years. To grow a thriving business, not just one that sells a piece of work occasionally. I want to lose the 15 pounds I have been carrying around with me that I don't need. I want to become a better mother, more organized and healthier all around. Whew. Small steps are needed. I want to see real progress by the end of the year.

I have been inspired by several other blogs as well. Recently on Etsy, I saw the blog post about the 365 day project which fits perfectly into the plan I already had of creating artwork every day. For me, the key to this is creating around a central theme which I don't have to decide daily (sometimes the hardest part!) I will still work on my other paintings and keep making a body of work for sale online and potentially working toward selling at an art fair in the future. Please check out this link to the Etsy article and make sure to click the link to see Noah Scanlin's Skull-a-Day project. It is so cool!!!

I swear, thinking about subject matter kept me busy for three days. I finally decided to paint eggs. All sorts of eggs in different ways. They are simple and elegant and full of meaning. They are new life, interrupted life, protected life and fragile. They are a representation of the themes I am already exploring about fleeting moments. Since I am starting my blog on Jan. 12, I am already 11 days behind! So, I plan to create 2 pieces of artwork on several days to catch up. I am not sure I am going to be able to keep interested in eggs for all 365 days, so on day 100 I am going to re-evaluate and decide if I will change subject matter.

I can't wait to hear what you think!!!! So, finally! Here's the first... Egg #1. It is a small painting painted in oils, wet in wet.

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