Every Journey Begins With A Step…Which Way

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” -Laozi

I have been thinking about the beginning of my journey and which direction to go on day one. I ask myself where do you want to end up this time next year. I hate to call this a resolution because I typically do not do those but commonly set goals throughout the year. Most deal with fitness or career. Not this time.

I want to apply for a fellowship in November which means I need at least 6 completed art pieces by then. I also want to finish a project I started 5 years ago and set aside. But more importantly I want to just create consistently.

With these objectives in mind I am ready to set out. The first obstacle is my studio.  Not a very inspiring place right now. We added it about 10 years. The last few years it has become the “junk” room filled with music stuff and larger items I wanted to get out of the way.

I am a pack rat as I find all art teachers are with the mind set of free supplies. I find items like wadded up brown paper and think, treasure maps; potato and onion sacks make great textures and cream cheese containers hold lots of paint. Guess where I store them.

Now that I have a rough map of where to go with this it is time to get off the couch and take a step.

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How To Begin? Let Me Count The Ways.

This is my first blog ever so please bear with me. I consider English my second language.  No, I am not bilingual but as an artist, visual communication would be my first language.

I am torn at my direction. Yesterday, Christ affirmed my idea through my pastor. To be brief, the theme was to follow your dreams.  Too many people loose their dreams as they age because of the struggle of a life surrounded by societal responsibilities.  This year I would like to select some of my dreams and begin a journey to live them.  What am I torn about you my ask?  Which dream.

I have started this blog to be accountable and to explore that direction.  I am notorious for not finishing projects and crowding my schedule with “stuff” to the point that my personal time is brushed asside. Life is too short.  On a side bar I am turning 50 this year which brings me face to face with time.

It will take some time for me to get the hang of this but through it I am making a commitment.  To?  Sorry not to you, the reader, but to myself.  I will post on Wednesdays for now.  Please leave encouraging words and journey with me.  There will be an extra post this week as this one is a “teaser”.

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.  -Earnest Hemingway