Before I started writing this post, I thought I would read my new year post from last year and review what promises I had made, and plans for the coming year. It would seem that the gist of that post was in danger of being replicated here. I talked about being non productive in 2104 in a rather vague way, not putting pressure on myself, and how I was going to try harder…blah, blah, blah.
The fact is, in 2014 I was simply very tired and depressed (aren’t we all at some point). I have had some health issues (who hasn’t) which is pretty much down to age and wear and tear, and life being just a bitch at times. It’s very difficult to be creative under those circumstances because the ‘black dog’ utterly saps any desire or drive to be creative. I am not given to talking it out, because I always feel guilty in the face of so many other peoples infinitely worse situations, and I am a firm believer in not wallowing and counting my blessings.
So, 2015 was better to a degree. I still have bad days, I still get ‘down’, I didn’t produce as much work as I wanted or intended to, but I did start blogging again, and I took time off from Artjunky.net. I discovered Ello and made new friends there (though have not spent as much time on there lately as I could and should). I have spent less time online generally, much less time on Facebook ( in fact deleted my page altogether and deactivated my profile for a time) and spent more time doing real life stuff. The most interesting of which, was starting a ceramics/pottery course part-time, which I LOVE (as you know). This is the main reason I haven’t been online as much. I made friends with a very interesting and diverse group of people, and got my hands dirty.
Previously at the start of a new year I have written out a long list of creative and personal objectives (lets not call them ‘resolutions’). When I review them at year’s end, I am always disappointed that I was not able, for whatever reason, to achieve them all, if any. So, this year I have elected NOT to write out any lists of objectives and goals, but simply try to be a better person, and make more art.
Happy new year!
Some stuff I made/finished over the Christmas period.
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P.s. Dreadful shots due to no light, will replace when the sun comes out.