I'm more of an In-The-Moment kind of girl and don't often take the time to look back and reflect on the past. I'm also a Glass-Half-Empty kind of girl and am always pleasantly surprised when I do look back that things weren't near as terrible/uneventful/difficult as I remember them to be. Despite my usual unwillingness to dwell on the past, it is good to think back on where we've come from if only to evaluate where we are going. If I can see even a modicum of growth, I am encouraged that all the ordinary life struggles are worth it in the end and if I made it through that, I can certainly make it through this--whatever that and this may turn out to be. And creatively speaking, it can be a tremendous boost to realize you actually did accomplish a few things in a year. So in that spirit, here's a brief glance back at 2011 and what one can managed to do with a little imagination and a pile of junk.
January 2011-We had our first art night; worked in my pen & ink Moleskine; began experiments in watercolor.
February 2011-Fell deeper in love with my Moleskine; spent some time in Phoenix with my honey and finally heard the last refrain of, "How come you never make me anything?"
March 2011-Bought me some high-heeled shoes; shuddered out the sound of my own voice making videos for 21 Secrets; mixed it up with spray paint in my back yard; broke in my second Moleskine.
April 2011-Celebrated my 38th birthday and John's first half-marathon; played with paper scraps; experimented with watery flowers on canvas.
May 2011-Made new friends bonding over paint at art night; made some fabric journals and painted BIG.
June 2011-Fretted over a book project; reconnected with nature at Bear Lake; painted more drippy flowers.
July 2011-Learned to journal bigger; thrifted new dishes; brought more color into my kitchen.
August 2011-Started Moleskine #3; made some bracelets and picked up knitting again; pondered the depths of Black Canyon.
September 2011-Road trip to Reno and a new journal for the trip; origami in ink; shedding old skin.
October 2011-Getting back to collaborative painting; harvesting Summer and greeting Winter at the same time; facing my rabbit heart; building a new journal.
November 2011-Playing bloggy catch-up; living in my new journal; more painting collaborations.
December 2011-Christmas crafting; building a business; new journals; family, friends, food and celebration.
Hope you enjoyed this glancing backwards. I want to thank each and every one of you who have taken up your precious time visiting my blog, posting encouraging comments and reminding me I'm not alone in this. Thank you so very very much and I'm looking forward to sharing more art & inspiration with you in the new year!