out with the old and in with the new. new year's eve has always been a bit of mixed emotions for me. i'm always a little sad when i have to say goodbye to the old year, but it's also exciting to greet the new year and all of its possibilities.
right before Christmas i filled up my old art journal/sketchbook and began my new one. it's always fun to start a new art journal/sketchbook. a blank slate, endless opportunities and ideas just waiting to be put to paper! a little intimidating, but always exciting. it took me just over a year to fill my last journal/sketchbook. this seems like kind of a long time to fill it up, so one of my new year's resolutions will be to draw more. my art journals are just like the old year, it's always fun to look back on them and see what has happened over the year. the pages of my old journal are mostly filled up with pictures of girls, lots and lots of them. the first page of my old journal started with many sketches of girls faces and while getting the photos ready for this blog post, i realized that i did the same thing on the first page of my new journal. hmmm, what does that mean? i'm not really sure, but i wanted to practice drawing faces from different angles and it just happened to be the first page of the journal. i can't say that i see much of an improvement in my drawings, but i think i'm starting to see my own style start to emerge which is exciting. all of this only reinforces my resolution to draw more.
i welcome this new year and all that it has to offer. it's time to bring on those new year resolutions and new goals. it's time to open up an etsy shop, it's time to be more confident and brave with my artwork, it's time to become a better writer and blogger, while still finding time to create, and with time i hope to become a better listener, a more patient mother and wife and organize my time better and finally it's time to open myself up to more friends.