I love the idea of each year – either starting on January 1 or on our birthdays – as a 365-day trip around the sun. Thinking this way generates a completely different perspective on how I used (or squandered) the previous year. And how I could use the gift of all this time and space travelling in the year ahead.
2016 was a milestone for me. I retired. I floundered. But I finally began to figure out a new sense of identity and purpose. (Thank you, Julia Cameron!) With the help of her book for ‘retirees and other creative souls’ I recalled all the creative endeavors I tried, starting in childhood, and realized that I now have time to revisit and explore them anew if I choose.
For example, below is an abstractish watercolor landscape I painted some 30 years ago.
I found it when cleaning closets last spring (in my post-retirement floundering period) and was sad to see that it had become foxed and could not be saved. Its frame had been broken when we moved to Seattle 16 years ago, and since then it had been sitting in a closet, absorbing moisture. Oy. Before I consigned it to the dustbin, I snapped a photo. Now I am glad I did because I might try to recreate or improve upon it.
I am ready for 2017!
I’m now structuring my days to flex my mental and physical art making muscles. I already feel better for doing both.
I’m at the gym or taking a brisk walk every day, striving to find the joy in exercise. Haven’t yet but I do like having more energy and feeling stronger.
More interestingly, I’ve created a studio space in my home where I can drop in and out to work when I wish. I try to spend at least one hour there each day, drawing, painting or exploring other artists’ WP sites or at Daily Paint Works, which is a treasure trove of small artwork by daily painters. They also offer tutorials – some free and others for a small fee. Great resource.
DPW has inspired me to try to complete a drawing or painting each day in 2017. Tomorrow I will post number 1.
In 2017, I also aim to reconnect with people who have been important influencers in my art life. I will write about them in the coming months and hope you will be inspired by them, too.
Please feel free to scoop up any Artfuel you find here, and use it to feed your own creativity. The new connections I’m making with creative people here on WordPress and in other communities I am finding are certainly nurturing my creativity. Thank you for the Artfuel you contribute here.
Cheers and Happy New Year!
3 thoughts on “Our next 365-day trip around the sun”
Yes, the first few months after retirement is a period of great adjustment. I’ve been retired 5.5 years now. The first few months I was figuring out how I wanted to fill all my newly available time. I’ve found a couple volunteer activities. But I discovered Urban Sketchers within 7 months and it led me back to art!
Thanks for listing my blog in your post today! I am eager to read many of the others in your list. Cheers, Peg