Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

Well this is the last day of 2009 and I think I am ready for 2010, or at least I will be when I get the new blank journal I ordered from Dick Blick. I think I have accomplished much of what I set out to do at this time last year. I completed my first art journal and have continued to follow the plan of practice, practice, practice.

I have more goals for 2010; they are similar to last year in that I want to continue to grow as an artist, to try new things, to dare to go outside of my comfort zone, to be creative everyday. Already in 2010 I have registered for two workshops: one is at Hollander's in Ann Arbor and is for making a concertina journal from a found book and the other is several workshops over three days at Artiscape in Columbus, Ohio. I must thank my dear friends Nancy and Tina for telling me about these respective opportunities and for also registering. I have taken a couple of workshops (both at Hollander's), but have always gone alone. I think both of these workshops will be so much more enjoyable going with a friend.

I would also like to develop my non-dominant hand a bit. I got this idea from my friend, Nancy. For one she is taking a creative lettering class and is a leftie (southpaw?) and she is trying to write right handed and is doing quite well at it (in kicks the competitive aspect for me)  and for another she loaned me a book about the brain and the amazing changes that occur with stimulus. I am about half way through and am fascinated with it. It is called "The Brain That Changes Itself" by Norman Doidge, M. D. I wish I could see just a tad better with my right eye. I would be tempted to try wearing a patch over my good eye for a bit of time each day to see if I could strengthen it. There was a thought that if I had worn a patch when I was a child, my right eye would focus, but the old school of thought was that if it wasn't done at an early age it would be too late. I have mostly only peripheral vision in my right eye (which is a good thing especially when it comes to driving), but I am unable to focus with it.

Here is my first attempt at writing printing with my left hand. It turned out better than I expected, but was very difficult and awkward.

I have also begun another journal page with a face. This time I have tried not to have "her" straight on. I have no idea how she will develop, but when I am finished with my morning coffee, I will don my painting apron and see what transpires. I will take pix as I go and share them.

 Sorry about the picture quality.

I am so looking forward to a new year and all the wonders and changes it promises.

Happy New Year to you. If you are out and about celebrating and drinking, please don't drive.



  1. Vicki your work is just better and better and better.

    Her face is beautiful.

    Happy New Year to new friends.

    Love Renee xoxo

  2. happy new year vicki! i think your non-dominant hand did a great job - it just needed the chance to fly!

  3. I'm taking a calligraphy class now too and wondering if it wouldn't be easier doing it right handed. I actually did a few strokes and they weren't too bad. I think I will practice more.

    That face looks like a self portrait judging by your avatar. It looks really nice so far.

    I know what you mean about that competitive aspect kicking in, lol. Gotta go practice with my right hand now!

  4. I love the fact you are strengthening your non-dominant hand. (Something I never would have thought of...)

    And the face is beautiful. I will be working on my drawing this year as well and am SOOOO looking forward to it....