Monday, December 27, 2010

It's Been Awhile....

All the excitement is over....all the craziness is behind us for another year. And I can get back to art again.

Yesterday I planned to spend time in the studio but then it just didn't work out so this morning I went straight there when I got up and I made myself do something....anything....just get something down on paper.

Since I never got around to choosing a word for this year I decided to start thinking about it before 2011 was here. The first word that popped into my head was focus. And since that's what I plan to do in 2011 I thought it would be a perfect word for me. I want to focus more on art and less on my blog. That's not to say I won't be blogging but it may only be once or twice a week.

So it seemed appropriate to do a journal page using my word....

I began by covering the page with phone book pages. Then a light coat of gesso. I began writing down my thoughts about focusing and just covered the page. Then I turned it sideways and printed the word focus all over the page. Then another layer of the word only this time I wrote it on a slant. I just wanted to create a background of pattern. The larger letters were stenciled and painted, and I found the eye online. Easy, simple, and got me going again.

Under the eye it says "keep your eye on your goal" and that's my plan. It's nothing new technique or anything....but it got my hands dirty and that's what I needed.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and that Santa was good to you.


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  2. Excellent word Janet! Last year mine was "give" which actually manifested on it's own. Two years ago it was Ask. I think it's important to start the year with a word....Mine should probably be Manifest...we'll see what transpires!! I think I too will attempt to focus! Or maybe my word should be finish....all the ideas in my head!!! Not sure! Happy New year to you if I don't get back here!

    Hugs Giggles

  3. Hi Janet!
    I just love this page!!! I'm with you on this word. I need it too.
    Mine might be "declutter" this year...inside/outside, my house, my brain, you name it.
    Hey, thanks so much for the cute card you sent gf!!!!
    Hope your new year is all you want it to be!

  4. great word, i also have been thinking of one but have not settled on one yet. I love the page, and posting once or twice a week is a great idea.

  5. I like your word and I can really relate to it too. I am not sure what my word will be this year. i am still thinking about it. I am glad you got to do a little it of art. I am sure there will be more to come in the days ahead.


  6. Excellent word to work with.
    I love the pattern created by all the writing.

  7. That's a good word!!! I could use some FOCUS too!! Glad to see you're going to recommit to your ART, love to see YOUR Art :D

  8. Love your word FOCUS and the journal page. Well done!
    Happy New Year!

  9. Excellent word Janet, and such a wonderful journal page to embody it. My word for 2011 is "develop" so let's see how that goes.

  10. Great word, something I also need. I chose a word last year and after a few months forgot what it was, maybe this year my word should be remember.

  11. Went to an after Christmas sale at Borders and bought a book called
    In Focus (photographs from National Geographic) Your word resonates with me as well. I am looking for a word with an ideal of clarity similar to focus.
    Love you and your art as always.

  12. Anonymous7:19 AM

    Hi Janet...What a good word for the new year...something I need to do myself. I like how you did this page...the big eye reminding you to stay focused. Love everything about the page!

  13. Lovely page and great word for 2011, Janet. I chose my word weeks ago but haven't posted about it yet. I desperately need to get back into my art also.

  14. I really like this, and I appreciate your explanation of your process. I would have stopped after I wrote my thoughts, so it's interesting that you over-wrote it all. I guess I would have freaked to cover up something I gave thought to. Guess that says something about MY process. . .

  15. It is good to take breaks from the art of computing, and besides it is true we never get much done while blogging anyways especially when it comes to our favorite Hobbies offline.

  16. Great word for the year Janet, not dis-similar to what I need to do this next year too. I am tossing up between declutter and focus but I guess i need the focus to declutter :) I will give it some thought. I have never picked a word for the year but this may be a good start

  17. wishing you a wonderful new yr full of focus and art off course!!! I love your word and still racking my brain for my word but still nothing springing to your page too!

  18. I tend to have a sentence instead of a word.. have a few ideas & will play with it tomorrow - January 1st..
    thanks for your blogging friendshipt the past year - look forward to more of it in 2011. xo

  19. You're the second post I've read in five minutes that is picking a word. I've never done this -- maybe this is the year. Certainly "focus" is a good one.

  20. Nice art work! I like it a lot.


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