2015 Art Journal Review

One of my goals for 2015 was to spend more time in my art journal.  Another goal was to post on a regular basis to my blog.  I did succeed in my art journal goal, but not on my posting goal.  Smile

2015 Art Journal Pages

Be There

Be There

Flowers

Flowers

Noise

Noise

Underwater

Underwater

Sunflower

Sunflower

Three Feathers

Three Feathers

Confident

Confident

Be Where You Are Happy

Be Where You Are Happy

Girl and Bird

Girl and Bird

Awake at 3am

Awake at 3am

Abstract Circles

Abstract Circles

Three Leaves and a Flower

Three Leaves and a Flower

Zen Sunset

Zen Sunset

LAX

LAX

A

A

Art Is

Art Is

Heart Flower

Heart Flower

Aimlessly Wandering

Aimlessly Wandering

5 Leaves

5 Leaves

Do What You CAn

Do What You CAn

Shapes

Shapes

2345

2345

Flames

Flames

The Peace Within

The Peace Within

Whale

Whale

Wild Garden

Wild Garden

Soar

Soar

Dots

Dots

Flowers

Flowers

Gannet

Gannet

Grow

Grow

Stretch

Stretch

Leaves

Leaves

Grafitti Pods

Grafitti Pods

Bumps in the Night

Bumps in the Night

Be Free

Be Free

Grafitti

Grafitti

Dia De Los Muertos

Dia De Los Muertos

Bright Idea

Bright Idea

Butterfly

Butterfly

New Years Eve

New Years Eve

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I didn’t quite finish my journal, and have a few pages I started but didn’t finish, but this is close to everything, almost in order.  I tried a bunch of different things, and I think that my pages got better over the course of the year.  Forty pages is a pretty good basis for practice and improvement.  My goal for my art journalling this year is to complete 2 pages per month – but seeing that I completed more than that (effectively), even though there were a couple of months where I didn’t journal at all, I may need to revisit that goal.

Rituals and Setting Goals: 2014

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It’s that time of year where some things end and some things begin.  Christmas and my birthday have come and gone and 2014 is beginning.  Some time ago, between my birthday and the end of the year, I established a ritual to close out my year and start fresh.  I began cataloging my accomplishments and setting goals for the next year in my journal.

This is a useful exercise in many ways.  Here are just a few:

  1. Writing down what you did gives you an opportunity to feel empowered by your accomplishments, especially when you’re feeling down or non-productive, as I did much of 2013.
  2. Writing a goal down sets the intention in your unconscious mind and provides you with a sense of purpose.
  3. Having a list of goals to review periodically helps you out of any creative ruts you might get into.  It’s a pre-made list of inspiration.

I always lay out goals in 3 areas:  my art, my business and my personal life.  I do have a day job, but do not include goals for that on my list.  My goals are for me, and me alone.

This year, I’m setting goals for my art to make more dolls, enter exhibits, create patterns and start a monthly gathering of artistic friends to get together to make art.

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As for my accomplishments, this year seemed like one long series of Friday the 13th.  I entered my end of year ritual feeling rather depressed at my lack of work this year.  As I gathered my thoughts and starting writing down what I had completed, I was pleasantly surprised!