So, before providing my, ummm, yearly, "Ta Da" list, I will rationalize why my list for the entire list is shorter than Kerri's monthly list. I had a few, er..., "diversions." Not that Kerri doesn't have hers. She has big crazy makers at work and home and lots of family. She is generous and does NOT know how to say "no".
I find my biggest diversions are trips (I'm not physically home and get behind at work, farm, & home), when I have visitors, or executing a big time sucking project (i.e. fighting our reassessed property taxes, finding new commercial farm insurance, an unexpected must-do-immediately project at work)
A second reason to provide this list is to prove to all of you that if you believe you don't have time for art, you should realize that you do if you really put your mind to it. I plan to do some posts on "squeezing time in for art" at a later date. I always thing that I have so much to do, but have friends who make me look like an under achiever so I know that I don't have that bad of a schedule. So here are my major diversions this year (so I can rational why I didn't get as much done as I'd like):
- Unplanned rush 150 page scientific paper for completely public release
- Week long work trip to sister lab to work on 2760 page joint report
- Wedding shower, etc.
- Italy trip
- Family visitors
- Wedding, etc.
- Invited speaker to international conference (another rush item)
- Family visitors
- Big Vintager's event on our farm cooking breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc.
- Championship CDI
- World Vintage Cup trip
- Mom's 2.5 week visit and trip to Maine
Now please note, that some of these "diversions" were parlayed into art. The first of my tips for squeezing in art: incorporate art into your commitments. This is how I got back into art after decades of saying I was too busy. I still couldn't psychologically justify taking time to do art for myself, so I got into doing greeting cards - they were "art" for others and there was a deadline. This worked for me and was the start of my renewed artistic path.
So now for the "good" stuff.
- Polymer clay "Eye"-con
- Chinese New Year cards
- Development of my own artistic elements (Wacheliani heads!)
- ATC swaps using my own art
- Shower invites, "Book of Wishes" & decorations
- Charm swap & backing card design using Photoshop
- Claudine Italy workshop
- Shower collage and wedding party starbook
- Foray into COLOR: watercolors and Freeform Sunday
- Red gloved ladies & friends
- Gorey inspired backgrounds
- Halloween cards, pumpkins & cartoons
- Participation in Illustration Friday, Inspire Me Thursday & Studio Friday
- Put more ideas into my idea books & brought a few of them to fruition!
- Redesigned blog (with lots of Kerri's help)
- Original art into Flickr
So there you have it. I feel that I have made a huge breakthrough this year. The break through came into being through color, performing "quick" art and gagging my inner critic...most of the time ;). My red gloved lady alter ego has taken me far. We'll see where she takes me in 2008. You are all welcomed to be part of the journey! After all, I couldn't do it without you!! Thank you for a wonderful year!