Accomplished | 2010

acrylic on canvas, what a blast!

I'm hesitant to actually post this, because I'm not a big art-counter-upper. The truth is that I'd been considering 2010 an unproductive year when compared to my GINORMOUS LIFE GOALS so the last thing I was going to do was go back and rehash revisit 2010. Done. Over. But then I read Hanna's wrap-up which prompted Eden's list and well, that just did me in... thus here we go!

the creative side of 2010:

♥ wrote 425 posts for Daisy Yellow
♥ drew 71 mandalas and painted a bunch of them <-- creative zen time
♥ created 27 mandala artist trading cards and 3 accordian books with about 30 mandalas
♥ drew 7 cityscapes and 22 chaotic doodles
♥ made 17 art journal pages/backgrounds <--- i need to finish
♥ created 44 art journal pages
♥ sketched 8 scenes from life + from imagination + from photographs
♥ painted 10 watercolor + ink paintings and watercolor doodles, which make me super happy
♥ learned iMovie by filming/editing 2 mandala videos and 2 flip-thru journal videos
♥ learned photoshop + shot + edited too many photographs
♥ created 8 stitched daisy journals and 10 stitched collages <-- addictive
♥ created 1 stitched travel journal <-- journaled our trip to Pennsylvania
embroidered 1 freestyle mandala
♥ played with light with the kids and with holiday lights
♥ made 3 acrylic paintings on canvas 
purchased a sewing machine and learned how to use it <--- biggest surprise
♥ created 12 postcards + artist trading cards for Hanna's DIY postcard swap
♥ made hardware stamps
♥ launched the Friday No Frills Prompts series
♥ developed 12 sets of experiments for the Creative Experiments series
♥ developed 8 sets of prompts for the Kick-Start Your Art Journal series
♥ finished the Step-by-Step Art Journaling series
♥ participated in National Non-Stop Journaling Month with D'Blogala, journaling all 30 days of November
♥ participated in Creative Every Day Month with Creative Every Day, creating art all 30 days of November
interviewed by eden of draw, doodle + decorate
♥ saw a full rainbow across the texas sky
♥ the kids and I planted a container garden on the back porch
♥ made blueberry pie + bread + sourdough starter and tried lots of new recipes
read 31 books, mostly non-fiction

Some of what I'm considering for 2011:

♥ read fiction ♥ write creative prompts ♥ teach e-workshops ♥ draw cityscapes ♥ chaotic doodles ♥ mandalas ♥ create art journal pages ♥ make stitched daisy journals ♥ sew ipod cases and pen cases ♥ paint on canvas ♥ get my art on our walls ♥ buy art from my favorite indie artists ♥ thank my favorite bloggers in some way ♥ print my favorite photos and art ♥ make a blurb book of art or photos ♥ help my daughters make blurb books of their stories ♥ participate in CED2010 ♥ improve drawing skills ♥ watercolor ♥ sell one piece of art ♥ embroider a freestyle drawing ♥

So much of what you will accomplish this year isn't even on your radar! So leave yourself open to whatever tangents are sparked by your creative experiments and explorations.

Have you taken a path through your art, photos, knitting, calligraphy, quilting, art journal pages, sketches...? What did you find? What surprised you? I think that most artists give more thought to the doing, the process, the act of creating art rather than the finished work. That's a pure guess. For me, looking through the finished work opened my eyes to how my art has evolved. And it continues to evolve every day, with every line, every brush stroke.