New Years Day Still Life #1

New Years Day Still Life #1

All those 1’s in today’s date: 1 a good number for beginnings. So even though I’m still under the weather, it felt important to focus on my goals for the new year, the accomplishments of the past year, and to start the year right with a little sketching.

I grabbed some of my new best friends to pose for me: tissues, Vitamin C, Sudafed and my Neti pot with which I have a love/hate relationship. It really helps, but it’s weird (leaning over the sink you pour salty water in one nostril and it flows out the other).

New Years Still Life #2

New Years Still Life #2

New Years Still Life #3

New Years Still Life #3

New Years Still Life #4

New Years Still Life #4

I’m very grateful to have finished the year with a clear understanding of where I want to go with my art, how to get there, and a feeling that it is a reachable destination. A couple of months ago that seemed impossible but thanks to the advice and encouragement of our wonderful community of online (and in person) artists who have supported me through my questioning, frustration, and struggles I seem to have found my way.

2011 Goals

2011 Goals

I wrote in my journal about the year past (not shown), and more or less doodled my goals for the new year, appropriate since they’re all about being more playful and in the moment. Being in that doodling, right-brained place, I wrote “goles” and thought wait, that’s wrong, tried golse, wrong, is it golze? No! Oh yeah, GOALS! Sheesh! I used to be a champion speller.

I want to be a more analog* person in 2011, less digital*. I want to move my body, not my mouse; I want to draw and paint with intention, a sense of adventure, and playfulness; I will spend less time on the computer. I want to slow down and appreciate each moment instead of rushing because “there’s not enough time.”

I want to experience the feeling of abundance that comes from “enough-ness” which you get by wanting what you have and not wanting what you don’t have. And I will practice being gentle: to myself, the earth, and others.

*Analog vs. digital makes sense to me, but technically really doesn’t in this context:

Analog describes a continuous system like a clock in which the hands move continuously around the face. Such a clock is capable of indicating every possible time of day. In general, humans experience the world analogically. Vision is an analog experience because we perceive infinitely smooth gradations of shapes and colors.

In contrast, a digital clock is capable of representing only a finite number of times (every tenth of a second, for example).  Computers are digital because they consist of discrete units, a series of zeroes and ones, called bits that are either on or off. (from Webopedia).

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  1. A great post – good luck with all your resolutions.

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  2. wonderful post-also loved the sketches of the neti pot

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  3. Another fun post. More fun sketches. You really lift the heart, Jana. Fine resolutions that resonate with all of us, I bet–certainly with me.
    annie

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  4. Love you and love your spirit! You will inspire my entire class of watercolor students starting Jan. 13th when I share what you posted today with all of them. Thanks, Jana, and keep going on your fantastic art journey! BTW, I almost never use a cell phone. People wonder how I live without one. It is a matter of principle for me.

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  5. I am amazed when people such as yourself produce such great art. I just curl up and feel sorry for myself. Congratulations on a great start to 2011.

    Good luck with your goals and I look forward to seeing the results throughout the year.

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  6. I love your summary, to be more analog and less digital! Unless, of course, it means diminished postings of your art work! But you go…..I look forward to whatever you share from 2011.

    Carol C.

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  7. Dear Jana, another good belly laugh you gave me with this post. Marvellous!!!
    For the more serious part I send you my best wishes for getting well quickly again. Many people seem to be ill at the moment. And for your goles, goals or whatever it might be – good humour and energy to achieve everything you want to achieve!!!
    Sending many hugs your way, Petra

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  8. Except for the Sudafed that makes me wacky,
    we are on the same page. Move more, walk,
    dance, paint, draw….analog (love that).

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  9. Love the post and your goals! Happy new year!

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  10. What beautiful sentiments! Makes me wanna draw! This is super. What fabulous resolve!

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    • Yes, if only the resolve continued throughout the illness but brain fog took over and there was no energy to do anything more than heat up chicken soup from a can and read in bed. But now at last I’m feeling better. Yay! Jana

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  11. What a delightful post and I do agree with you on nearly everything. May I copy and paste your resolutions and stick them on my fridge? Ha ha.
    We’ve had a trip to the tip this morning, now we’re going to a backyard barbecue – the seven of us, then I have to play organ music for a funeral, then who knows what’s after that! I’ve put some of my digital images on facebook and asked people to send me cheques if they download. Now that is wishful thinking!
    w.

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  12. Jana, get well soon! I love the neti pot still life set ups (I find them odd to use too, but essential). Hope you have an analog year!

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    • Thanks Roz,
      I’m finally starting to feel better and excited about binding a new journal this weekend. I got behind on journal binding and have been using a Moleskine watercolor sketchbook (hate it!) in the interim.
      Jana

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  13. Great post! Have to agree with you about the neti pot…it is strange, but does so much good! And you’ve made a great drawing of it, even if you were sick!

    And I love the point about being more analog! I totally get it and have been feeling the same way myself lately!

    Good luck accomplishing all your goals this year!

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  14. Best of luck with your goals! I completely understand the Neti-pot love/hate phenomenon. Hope you feel better soon.

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