2017 Review

I set a self imposed Studio ban from the week before Christmas until last  week. I prepared for Christmas in one week without too much stress and then planned to relax for the Boxing Day Cricket Test. A day of so in, after much napping, I was bored…so, I’ve read a few books, sewn some clothes and cleaned out lots of cupboards. (The lady at the op shop sighed when I said “I have a car full of donations”… obviously not an original idea at this time of year!)

At the beginning of a new year, like many of us, I ponder what might have been and make big plans and goals for the new year ahead. I’ve followed Alyson Standfield’s Annual Review Process for the past few years as I find it has really helpful prompts to make me consider all aspects of my art practice. This year I decided to follow Austin Kleon’s 100 things that made my year style of listing all the funny, incidental and delightful stuff, the odd discoveries and the simple pleasures we sometimes take for granted and forget. Combining the two reviews I have created a more balanced and joyful look at my year.

Here are a couple of my 100 things from the end of the year:-

Our dog being the most excited member of the family at Christmas

and my Mum’s yummy Christmas pudding.

My studio supervisor was very keen to get started for the year and I have big plans for 2018. So we have started… One working.One napping. A fairly good indication of how the year will pan out.

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