In keeping with my New Year's Resolutions (which I ALWAYS make, but NEVER fulfill), I participated in the 2012 Sketchbook Project and actually FINISHED the book and postmarked it on time! This in itself was a huge accomplishment for me. I've signed up three years in a row but never actually completed my book. It was a lofty goal, but also I think what stopped me in the past was putting my artwork out there for the world to see and judge. I felt vulnerable and exposed and always struggled with the feeling that, "I'm not good enough." So the real resolution was to get over that feeling--I am not the BEST artist and I am not the WORST artist. I am good ENOUGH. I'm learning to love that word . . . ENOUGH.
If you don't know about the Sketchbook Project, read more about it here. I know there are a lot of people who don't like the idea that the book goes out but never comes back and I admit I felt that way in the beginning, but after a lot of contemplation, I realized that art is meant to be shared. Art does not speak to anyone or move anyone or effect anyone if it is not SHARED. I would love to have kept my sweet little book but I had to let it go in order for it to have real meaning to me. So I kissed it goodbye, and sent it out into the world to hopefully inspire at least one person. That's what Art means to me!
Here's a peek into my Sketchbook Project Journal . . .