oh hello.... 2013
dear internet - you never cease to amaze me !
doilies will be made in france, australia, denmark, down the street, all over the states.... i am so incredibly grateful. and relieved. i'll still have hundreds to tackle, but the whole project seems much more feasible than i thought a couple weeks ago.
and so here we are. another year. whizzed by. i love what my friend shari does every year. she recounts the months with a memorable image and something that stood out that month. jan-june , july-december.
i can't seem to keep months straight these days [did i ever?]. but i do know that i love a daily ritual. i'm still keeping up with the daily drawing - and i'll do a catch up post on those soon. i'm going to try and get to week 52.
but a drawing doesn't do what a photo does. after the amazing uta lecture i wanted to start keeping a visual diary again. like i did when guesting on habit blog. i love the little snippet of writing that accompanies the images there.
sometimes i tell my students that i spend all day looking for that one moment of beauty or interest. i just keep looking around until i find it - where ever it may lie. it's true. there's a small pitter patter from one glimpse up - the way the light is hitting a building. the way the leaves have fallen on the grass. the way a chair is sitting in a room.
and so i started #lookupanddown on instagram - i find a moment looking up and looking down every day. and then i write a small snippet [sometimes cryptic, sometimes not] about my day. i also started a blog on tumblr - look up and down
playing along. please do. click on submissions at the top of the page and then upload your photos and text [and say who it's from].
i know that these last few days of 2012 are the calm before the storm. 2013 is going to hit with a force. i have my studio work cut out for me [you've heard about the doilies. just extrapolate - if the show is about 1000 - what else could i be up to? a lot of whatever it is]. i have an online course to finalize with my dear friend katrina. i'm building a doll house for the little... i owe her a quilt too.
there are other big big things brewing. things for which i'm incredibly grateful, but i'd be lying if i didn't admit i was a bit daunted too. life is full. in that bursting - the facade of organization is being pulled by the seams - holy cow will this all get done kind of way.
so 2013. i am ready. my arms, heart, brains, gut and lungs are open. i will breathe. i will stretch. i will be inspired. i will attempt to do good. make good. love my friends and family good. i will eat well [thanks to my amazing cooking husband]. i will look up and down. i will notice. i will keep asking for help. i will try not to let small things get to me or wear me down [and i acknowledge in advance this is harder than it seems]. i will take notes, plan, plot, scheme, organize and WORK. yes. there is a lot of work in my future. and i wouldn't have it any other way.
happy new year my friends. i hope 2013 holds truth, promise, beauty, warmth and something that your heart desires.
p/s my last make believe collection post of 2012 - tiffany chung - is on poppytalk