Monday, January 2, 2012

Day 2

Started my day watching the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena - my friend Teresa took this photo of the Girl Scout float celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouts - I was a Brownie and Girl Scout and my Mom was always our leader back in the Washington, D.C. area where I grew up - I was able to donate $5 each and they put my Mom's and my name on one of the little viles that are holding each of those yellow roses - my Mom (who's recouping in rehab from a fall) was thrilled when I told her  - I thought it was pretty cool myself! Still have my uniforms and my badge sash - it was in Girl Scouts that I first explored visual art!

Spending this day off re-grouping - with my Mom's fall and dealing with all the medical personnel long-distance for the month of December, I wasn't able to prep for the new year - so taking today to make plans and do as much as I can so I don't feel the overwhelm of the year moving on without me ready that is sure to take over the rest of the week - that's how my head works!

Signed up for a wonderful year long project online - free - called Book of Days - you can still sign up - going to prep my book tonite and jump in -

Also participating in the Sketchbook Project (2012) again - thru Art House Co-op - of course I haven't done one sketch but have all month and will jump into that as well -

Am also getting my pages ready for the Fat Book technique project at Art Unraveled 2012 - that will be auctioned off at the Conference in August - if you've never been - check it out - this year will be their 10th anniversary and having attended for many years, I can tell you it's worth every penny!

Brainstorming with ideas for places I can teach - both online and in-person - if you know of any please feel free to share with me - as well as places I can sell my art -

Off to get things  in order and continue on my day ... hope you too are getting ready for a great year ahead!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Beginnings - 2012

Saying adieu to 2011 and saying hello to 2012 is a welcome task for me - to say 2011 was a tough year is putting it mildly (for many of us) - but with endings come new beginnings - a chance to begin anew - to breathe a bit easier anticipating the unknown and have your heart skip a beat with excitement - that's how it is for me - I like the look of how the numbers 2012 look visually - there's just something very comforting about those numbers...

I don't do resolutions - but rather set goals for myself - goals that are measurable and that I can create action steps to accomplish them - and then I pick one word to guide my year - last year it was "self-care" - this year ... I have given myself till tomorrow to decide (since tomorrow is a holiday!) but it will be something that relates to helping me to step into the spotlight and let me shine - to become visible with my art and all that relates to it - I come to this decision since I have always been the support for others and their creative endeavors - now it's time for me to support me!  I will be sharing this things here to keep myself accountable - 

A couple of things are in the works to be announced very soon - first, I will be teaching one or two online classes at reasonable rates - stay tuned for that announcement shortly - I will also be teaching some workshops here in LA and hopefully some in other locations - TBA - 

And now some good news ... a piece of my artwork was selected in a blind judging by a curator from LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) to be in a catalog for sale - mine was selected from 1066 submissions - one of 93 pieces to be in the catalog - it will be affiliated with  an international women's art group celebrating their 40th anniversary and having their convention in LA in February - very excited!  Those of us selected to be in the catalog will be honored at a reception at 825 Gallery in LA - What makes this even more special is that my Great Grandmother's photo is part of this piece - it's as if she is smiling down with approval and support for me - 

This piece of my art can also be seen as the cover art on Kelly Kilmer's yahoo group "Art Gang LA" - 

That's it for now ...more to follow during this 1st week of 2012 - leap year - wishing each of you and yours a very healthy, happy and creative new year - hugs - Reva (Los Angeles)