"Live Long and Prosper"

Posted on 7th January, 2013

Not sure if anyone reads these blogs but they are fun to do even if I am the only one who gets to see them! We have an exciting year ahead with some stunning demonstrations and workshops as part of our annual programme so I cant wait to get started.... Having said that I also reflect on how so many other aspects of our lifestyle transpire to distract us, despite our best efforts, so for me it is all about balance and priorities, which I dont always get right, unfortunately.


However, the beginning of the year does seem to be the appropriate time to think about what we want to achieve during 2013. This to me is not so much about New Year's resolutions, which seem to be so rigid that they can do nothing else but break, but more about ambitions. What would we like our shining accomplishments to be by this time next year? How will we know we have done our best? What will we have achieved? Without such ambitions, life would surely be a little aimless wouldnt it?


One of my personal ambitions is to complete the first module of the OCA Drawing skills course and receive 40 credits towards the next stage of my BA Hons course in Painting. There are other goals I have which relate to my work, home and family, but from an artistic perspective this has to be my main focus. Along the way I also want to have entered a couple of open exhibitions with my still life/portrait work and hopefully have one or two paintings accepted. I have stood on the sidelines for too long, so now its time to experiment to see how far I can go, but it is a scary prospect! Putting ourselves 'out there' in the public domain is both a leap of faith in our work and also in ourselves.


Therefore the key words for me this year will be faith, focus and integrity. Faith in that opportunities will arise to inch me towards my goals and ambitions, focus on the things that really matter to me and worry less about the rest and integrity in the way I live my life in the process.


Its a lofty set of expectations, but well worth the challenge! So, whatever you choose to do this year, I hope that you will enjoy the journey and achieve your hearts desires, or to quote the Vulcan Salute from Star Trek, "Live long and prosper!"

Happy New Year to you all!


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