Sunday, December 30, 2012

Walking the Walk

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.


  1. Jen- I love reading your blog- and I LOVE seeing all your thrifted linens. It sure does make me miss Chicago. You probably know them all, but since I'm not in Chicago anymore, if you like I can send you a private e-mail with my favorite places to score tons.
    I love your resolution, and want to do the same. I used to dutifully keep big beautiful journals and have fallen off the horse as the digital world has become more prominent in my life. To drawing!

  2. Rebecca! Great to hear from you! I will be dropping you an email for sure. As for journals, it's so hard not to let pinterest be my idea book. Hopefully we can both keep our resolutions!