The sun has yet to rise with its beaming pink and orange smile. I'm still in my flannel pj's, sipping steaming hot coffee, and eating breakfast too yummy to share with the kids. This is how I usually begin a blogging morning. It has to wake quiet enough to hear my whispering thoughts, and the coffee brewed strong enough to keep me from slipping back under the sheets. I can hardly believe that one year ago, this month of winter, I dared myself to jump into the world of blogging, and have continued (sporadic at times I confess) throughout the year! I wrote bits and pieces about my creative world, and want to take this time, today's post, to share with you what that experience has been like.
Writing about the practical application of skills in the studio is something that has caused me to continually think of interesting ways to share that information. I take short notes smudged with pastel and jot down ideas (while painting away) that I feel are worth writing about. For example, I wanted my readers to know about the variety of textured pastel papers available so I wrote about it here... http://trishacres.weebly.com/1/category/sennelier%20lacarte/1.html
I continue to work through paintings with anticipation of a solo-show in 2012. I have written about that a number of times with a look at what 'true beauty' is, (the theme for this exhibition) here... http://trishacres.weebly.com/1/post/2011/02/everything-has-beauty-but-not-everyone-sees-it-confucius.html
Being real, truthful, and open is something I ask of my models during the interview process. I also shared a few secrets of me in this post... http://trishacres.weebly.com/1/post/2011/03/eight-things-about-me.html
This hard-to-write post was the most read and commented, as I shared the heart wrenching story of how a commission came to be... http://trishacres.weebly.com/1/post/2011/08/learning-to-breathe-again.html
I am thankful to those of you who read my posts, even if you don't share your insight as comments. I am always surprised when in mid conversation with someone, does said someone interrupt with "I've been reading you blog" - wow, thank you! :)
I love those of you who do comment, and shower me with encouragement. Up-liftng words give me motivation and purpose to continue. But more than that, I love that we inspire each other to continue in the magnificent journey of pulling from our souls the spark of creativity that cries to be unleashed onto paper. Hearing your story, dares me to dig deeper for mine.
Just as I began my very first post back in December of 2010 with a personal challenge to write weekly about what I would be doing in the studio through 2011, I will leave you today with this... writing has been fulfilling on a number of levels and I look forward with anticipation to 2012. All of its ideas, creations, colours, and compositions. I challenge you this year, to set aside a daily time of quiet reflection. Create. Colour. Compose. Compile your thoughts and ideas making use of an artistic process. And share your work of art with those who love you most. Both will be affected. You. Yours.
Happy New Year!