I don’t bother with New Year’s resolutions as I think there’s enough pressure in life without setting any more unrealistic goals. That said, I do need to lose weight and finish a lot of projects, from work to clearing out the garage. Everything takes so much longer than you expect it to, so at least one thing I will try to keep in mind is, well, that. I’ve been reading a few pieces about a no goals approach to life recently, no, not football, but just being gentler with yourself. It’s certainly true that in the past I have set goals, made astonishingly comprehensive lists and worked like a dervish. I simply ended up either unwell, mildly depressed and never satisfied with what I had achieved. I also stopped enjoying working, which as an artist is a non starter. So, in the midst of great family upheavals let’s see if the gentle approach works. It’s that or gin.
I have finished a couple of smaller pieces over the break, which was good as they have been going on for quite a while. I’m also looking at ways to simplify processes with other work I have in progress or planned. These often consist of many small decisions or actions, and the main challenge is keeping your wits about you, which can happen more easily if you don’t overload life, and go out for a good walk every day. I do this but this windy weather has destroyed two umbrellas in the last two weeks, but I think that counts as de- cluttering.
This is ‘Summer courtyard, Florence’. Painted fabrics, applique, machine and hand stitch, 60cm x 40cm. It will be framed and glazed.
This is ‘Plum’, the same processes as above. This one has been sitting around for ages; I don’t think I liked it very much, but I do now, it’s very delicate. It’s also 60cm x 40cm, and will be framed and glazed.
Happy New Year, and whether you decide upon the resolution or no resolution approach, at least carpe diem,quam minimum credula postero.