Did you do everything you wanted to do this 2017?
No? That’s great.
It means you did other things that you probably need to acknowledge now and they probably will surprise you.
My friend and I have tried to do several end-of-year recaps using the Year Compass. We felt compelled to do it and like everything else that happens in mass sometimes we don’t even know why. Same thing for planning the next year.
Some people are born with a very structured-oriented brain. They can plan, execute and recap like it’s their second nature. Artists rarely operate this way but if we want to support ourselves with our work we need some of that structure; however, we need to discover it within ourselves instead of trying to adapt someone else’s methods to us.
I won’t pull out last year’s compass and compare what I said I’d do and what I actually did. Instead I will examine the themes that came up more often.
- What we want vs what we think we want.
- Finding true creativity and what does true mean.
- Ethics and values that guide my art making
- Learning resources
- Being a small business owner.
- Organizational skills
- Focusing on one thing vs. doing many.
So over the next few days I will examine each one of these themes and try to come up with answers that will guide me into 2018.
Free printable 2018 calendar
During the 100 day project I made several watercolour postcards. These helped me to lose the fear of blending, using a lot of colour and really letting loose with watercolour. I chose twelve and I made this calendar.
You can print it on 8.5 x 11 regular card stock or heavier paper, cut in the middle and if you have a corner rounder trim the corners. Put it up on an easel or on a clipboard and when the year is done, simply cut the date part and you have a nice little print.
I am not a graphic designer and I couldn’t have made this calendar without Anne Butera’s excellent Skillshare class. I have to warn you, if you’re a graphic designer you might have a million better techniques and with a lot less math but I found it super easy to follow.
To get it and to read about those recurring themes, join me in my Letters from the Path to Art. I would love to start a conversation!