A new year is just around the corner. I do not make New Years resolutions. To me, they just set you up to feel bad when you break them. Changes don’t happen with the click of the second hand at midnight. I want to accomplish new things. I want to make healthier choices. I want to be more kind to myself and others. I want to implement changes slowly, like building a wall out of bricks. I want deliberate change to be cemented into me so that it will last a lifetime, or until I take a wrecking ball to it because I found something even better.

When we develop some proficiency in a particular skill or field, we can teach it by doing it, and allowing someone else in. Someone who cares to learn it, like we did. You don’t have to be trained as a teacher in order to mentor someone.

You can pass along what you know, and you can learn more in the process.

I’ve learned to do things because other people have been generous and patient with me. That is something I’d like to do in the coming year.

I don’t think I have a creative zone. That’s my baseline. On my days off, I get out of bed and go to my studio. I have ongoing projects that I think about while I’m laying in bed. There are always a few canvases in progress, and pots waiting for that perfect hardness to draw on. My idle hands will pick up a pen and fill sketchbook pages with no worry or pressure about the product. There is nothing to lose. I don’t need to impress anyone. I don’t have to be right.

If you were to ask me why I do something a certain way, the answer I give you may have never occurred to me before. I just needed someone to ask me so that I could put that reason into words. You will have unintentionally opened a door or window for me.

Sometimes, I’ve got an answer ready because there are hidden messages or attached memories, and I’m glad you asked.

It’s important for me to share my work with others, because art is a language. It communicates if it finds an audience.

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