For this new year, I've decided to use my journal daily as a tool for artistic growth.
I've journaled off and on throughout my life, leaning on it more or less depending on what I felt I needed. My tendency is to abandon it when I don't feel the need or have the energy and then to pick it up again as the mood strikes. Interestingly, this is also my relationship to my work. I want to change that behavior.
I want to come to the studio every day, by which I mean, I want to do something creative every day, even if I don't really "want" to. I'm hoping to translate journaling discipline into creative discipline as well.
Last year I worked on developing my identity as an artist, on moving from one who creates art to artists. I worked on answering the question, "What do you do?" with "I'm an artist," without cringing or laughing. This year, I'll work on walking the walk, not just talking the talk.
I have a tuned-up sewing machine and a fresh stack of thrifted linens.
I have a mostly empty Etsy shop.
It's time to get to work.