It has taken me a while to gather myself and head into the new year. So, I find it fitting that I finally get this post out on the eve of the lunar new year (love love love the illustr8a bunny!). Better late than never, right? This little hiatus is indicative of how my intentions get the best of me.
Take for example my four simple goals set in the fall. The only one that I really completed was organizing my teaching stuff. I think it would just make more sense to set doable, realistic goals, rather than want to do (and accomplish) as many things as possible. I guess I just have to admit that completion isn’t really my strong point. But that’s ok, I just have to be a little more realistic about goal-setting and not get ahead of myself (which I can sense that I am already starting to do this year). Numerous online classes aside, I have been pondering New Year’s goals and I think I am attempting to be more realistic. I can always reassess later. Ironically, I am not going to set goals related to love or money or family which I’ll leave to wish-lists and chance (it’s a bit of a minefield). Thus, I’ll stick to something that I know I can make happen without too much outside influence or conflict. So, (drumroll please…) I have decided to make 2011 year of the rabbit my drawing year.
I have been thinking about how I journal and document my days, mostly in a visual journal or with my camera. More often than not, I use images rather than words to document my daily life. I tend to be lazy dissuaded from doing anything that takes more than an hour on a weeknight. I wish I could say that I was really motivated after a day’s work, but I’m not. My drawing year resolution’s aim is two-fold: to improve my overall drawing skills and to use it as a new approach to documenting my days. I’m sketching various things (daily objects in my agenda, faces on the bus/ tram, what I ate…) but I am also going to partake in Carla Sonheim’s Drawing Lab, one lab per week. I am also partaking in this project in tandem with my partner in (creative) crime, Francis. So she will help keep me on track. Friends are good that way ;)