Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year and AEDM 2009

So we begin anew; a new slate; an untouched page; so much potential; so much to aspire to.

Have you made your resolutions? Hope this is the beginning of a wonderful, healthy new year for you!

We spent a lovely evening waiting for the dropping of the ball with my son and his daughter and my daughter and her two girls and the hubster and I. The girls played with the Wii that the son brought with him. They bowled, played tennis, and boxed. I couldn't believe the two 5 year olds stayed up until midnight and then we made a bed for them on the living room floor and they fell asleep watching a movie.

I tried one of the preset programs on the treadmill today and it almost did me in. But boy did I feel wonderful when it was over. It was a 30 minute program with alternating incline (between 7 and 8 degrees) and alternating speeds (between 3.0 and 3.5 miles per hour). There was a short warm up at no incline and 2.5 miles per hour and the same at the end. WOW!

I didn't get any time to work on my art journal today until tonight. I am not totally pleased with it, but I have broken the "how do I mark up this empty and pristine paper" block.

I started by sitting on my bed and drawing the treadmill using a fine permanent Sharpie pen - my perspective is all wrong, but I think you would know what it was. I then wrote out my resolutions using the same pen. After that I came back to my art room and played with blue, yellow and green watercolors. I then went through my stash of cuttings from magazines and attached appropriate pix and text. As a last step, I outlined the pasted pix with a red neocolor II pencil.

That's all for now, don't forget to live in the moment!


  1. Sometimes it's all about showing up at the page and starting something. Good going. And I could definitely tell that was a treadmill. Perfect image for not just your resolutions, but a treadmill might be a good symbol for most people's resolutions! Doing those right things we all would rather not do...

    Here's to 2009 - may it be great!

  2. I really like your journal page. I got one for Christmas and I'm too scared to start it (ruin it). Oh, I've looked at my treadmill, does that count (eye exercises).

  3. Steve, Nice to see you again. I liked your doodle and am totally in awe of your large drawing waiting for paint.

    Brenda, I have been looking at this blank journal for more than a month and promising myself I was going to do art in it no matter what. I just need to keep reminding myself that this is for me and that practice is fun and fulfilling. Eye exercises??? very interesting.

  4. Love that someone besides me has a problem with breaking into the white pristiness of journals. somewhere I have a vision journal and I want to continue that (it's just images, no writing) this year. I also have empty journals so I could start a new one for this year but am still rummaging around for the other - and I know it's because I don't want to "mess up" the new journals. What funny creatures we are! Thanks for stopping by my blog. =]

  5. You are creating some powerful intentions and vivid journaliing! It's awesome :)

  6. What a great start to a journal! I'm having the same trouble. I received 2 new moleskines for Christmas, one plain, one watercolor. I'm afraid to touch them! lol Happy New Year!

  7. Tammy, Genie, Kris,

    Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment. It seems like most of us who do art have a lot in common. I always think other are full of self confidence in their obvious talent, but it appears we are all our own worst critics. Maybe silencing the critic should be one of my resolutions.