Every new year, I try to think of a word to guide me through the year. Last year, 2016, my word was “Curious.” This word constantly reminded me to stay curious in my art making. For example, I would ask myself things like, “If I take this paint, use this brush and paint it on this type of surface, what happens?”
This year my word is “Patience.” This is something that is very difficult for me. I am a very inpatient person with myself and others. I want to be patient with my art and tell myself that it is okay if it takes me all year to work on my figure drawing. Most of all, I want to be more patient with my family and others. That is very important to me.
When I pick my word for the year, I will write it on rocks that sit on my art table in my studio, or on my desk. I may create something, such as a bookmark, to remind myself of the word every night when I read at bedtime.
I frequently use the word in my art journal throughout the year as well.
If you have never chosen a word for the year, I suggest that you give it a try. If you do, feel free to share! Thanks for stopping by!