New Year New You. We’re half way through the new year and I’m wondering where the new me is! I’m not talking about the decluttering promise I made to myself and I’m not talking about the new diet pledge we all make (we know who we are 😊) .
No, I’m talking about art goals. For me, painting is a business and every year I make a pledge to regularly do something ‘artfull’ within my practice.
Last year was a big year for me. I designed and opened my own studio at home in Ardmore. To have a custom built studio has been a long held dream and it has lived up to every expectation. In a few short months a wonderful working, inspiring art space has been achieved, with a deck overlooking Ardmore Bay.
As well as a working space for myself – I held some workshops in Ardmore. The space proved to be a relaxing, creative environment for the 20 painters who crossed the doorway over the summer months. I kept the groups small and because of that we were able to cover a huge amount of material. There is such satisfaction from watching a painter’s ability and confidence grow. The belief that anyone can do this and to see it in action is heartening. Beginners, once they are given the tools and techniques and shown how to use them can flourish too. I love my job.
Back to today. Because of my teaching schedule it is unrealistic to promise to paint every day but twice a week will be a great start to the year. To prioritise this is important – so you’ve heard it here – feel free to question this when you see me 😊
So a belated Happy New Year, let’s make this our best year yet. I was chatting to a lovely student this morning and we spoke about where she would like to take her art. She’s a busy mother but I assured her that she could take her work anywhere and to a high level. We kicked a few ideas around and I left her with the thought to DREAM BIG – anyone can do this, we just need to prioritise and make time in our busy lives. I can’t expect her to do this if I don’t do it myself.
Finally, I have big plans for my lovely artists in both Ireland and Dubai this year. Showing our work will be the focus We have committed to an exhibition with a difference in Dubai and I hope we’ll be able to do the same in Ireland later in the summer. So that will shake off any cobwebs gathered over the Christmas holiday and give us a motivating push for the year. How is that for a New Year’s resolution?