As many of you know, I tend to start my new year with a review of the previous year and a plan for the new one. Several of you have written to me recently to ask me how things went last year. Over all I would say last year went really well AND it was full of surprises. For instance, I had no idea when I launched into my In-house residency last January that I would end up staying in residence for almost the entire year. I had been longing for time just to create rather than rushing off to the next exhibition or event. I just decided to do it — I pulled myself off of the exhibition circuit and just worked. I did collaborations with other artists, I experimented more with my materials, I attended lectures, took a few workshops that expanded my mind and my approach to my work, visited a few interesting places, and I did several commissions (because you must never neglect the business side of your art!). In short, last year was all about learning. Which leads me to 2014.
Song: Happy by Pharrell
As soon as I heard this song I knew it was my song for 2014. It may be an obvious choice but I don’t care. Dare you not to clap your hands and sing along.
Because I want to have a purpose driven life. I feel that I am clearer than ever before about why I am here and what I am supposed to be doing. Nothing left to do but to DO IT. Fear get thee behind me.
No, the irony is not wasted on me that my song for the year is Happy and that my color is blue :). I am complex like that. Seriously, I don’t know what it is but the color blue has been popping up everywhere for me. From the electric blues in my paintings, to the indigo blues that I have dyed my fabrics, to the foggy sky blue scarf I love to wear around my neck. Looking forward to pops of blue throughout 2014.
Creative Plan for 2014
As for my creative plan for 2014 (because you know I have one — clearly outlined in my trusty evernote notebook). . . . Usually I would write a list of things I plan to do. This year I am asking you to follow along with me here as all of the fun and fabulousness for 2014 unfolds. Peace and love, y’all. Do everything you can do this year to be HaPpy, HAppy, haPPy, HAPPY!!
(dancing and clapping my hands) Deborah