My Word of the Year – Bloom!

I don’t usually make resolutions, as evidenced by the fact that I’m waiting till mid February to write about it. Truth to be told this all started happening around the end of January. In a nutshell, I’m tired of being a spectator in my own life. It’s time for me burst forth and become … I don’t know, but I’m really looking forward to meeting her!  The words bloom and blooming kept popping into my head, and I realized that’s what I need to do; to Bloom.

Never in my life have I tried to address all the major aspects of my life at once. Sure, I’d work on one problem at a time, really go after it for awhile, then the inevitable burnout would hit and that’d be that. And honestly, that’s my biggest fear right now, that I’ll quit. So, I’m trying to Bloom everywhere at once. Body, Mind, and Soul. I’m eating healthier. Working on being more kind. Tracking my progress in my hobbies. Working on a budget that will get me the things I want and need. Although I read every night, I’m challenging myself to read new things. Remembering to be grateful for all the blessings in my life. A more disciplined approach to how I create Art and the business of selling it as well. I still haven’t given up on my dream of making a living as an Artist.

I’m working on a planner system (cause y’all know I’m a planner freak) to keep me progressing towards all of my Big Goals by setting up some baby goals that I can achieve to give myself confidence that I can do this. To make me feel like I’m getting something done. Cause, I am.  One of the things on my To Do list was to find some tutorials on YouTube. Got lucky right off the bat, and found a way to tackle the problem that is me from all angles. Not that anything I watched gave me this system, but they gave me the spark to create something that works for me, and to make sure I keep up with it.

For my Art, I have to admit I’ve been in a slump. Maybe it was the holidays in general, or maybe it was the first anniversary of Holly’s (my dog) passing. But even when I’m not in a slump, I just don’t work at the same pace as so many other artists do. So, I’m going to be researching ways to work on Art even when I’m not inspired. Then there’s the technical aspects, like making prints, taking pictures, writing copy, posting it on my website, which also must be maintained, as well as creating promotional materials. Speaking of promotions … I suck at self promotion, so I’m reading a book on how to sell my art online. So far it’s been great and has given me so many ideas. One of those ideas was to put myself out there, to let people know who I am so they can know why I paint what I do. So, here I am, taking my first step to putting myself out there, to make a connection with people who enjoy my Art. If that’s not Blooming, I don’t know what is.

So, look for me to Bloom all over the place. I’ll be talking a lot more about my Art and how I make it.  Things like why I paint houses, how and why I compose my paintings the way that I do. I’ve always thought that this kind of thing was too boring, that folks wouldn’t care. But then again, everyone seems to like my Work In Progress pictures, so what do I know?  Anyway, stick around, take a peek, watch my progress, help me not fail. I’m Blooming late, but I’m Blooming as fast as I can.

New Orleans Folk Art - ArtByDArt

(Using a picture of Maison de Memere, since it’s got so many blooms! See what I did there?)