Focus

I am continuing with Life Book this year.  My schedule is swamped and I struggle to find adequate free time but I felt like committing to an art course would actually compel me to carve out a decent portion of time each week for art because my art time is hugely beneficial to me.  As with previous years, the first lesson involved selecting a key word for the year in order to establish some sort of intention.  In 2015 I chose the word Balance and that actually did help me be mindful of the need to keep all areas and aspects of my life functioning and progressing.  Last year I chose Momentum.  That did not work quite so well, largely because I was trying to bring order to a couple of things I really had little or no control over and had to devote a lot of time and energy to something that was mentally exhausting and soul-sapping.  Goodbye and good riddance to 2016.

This year I have settled on the word Focus.  I feel the need to simplify and streamline my life, slough off the extraneous things that drain me and leave me frustrated and unfulfilled or at least suck up valuable time and instead invest my time and energy in the people and things that bring me joy, have value, and make my life better.  In short, I need to focus on the things that matter most and stop being depleted by the things that don’t.  Let’s see if I can manage to do just that in 2017.

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Zombie Bunnies and Intentions

This week’s Life Book lesson was taken by Effy Wild and, since the end of the year is nigh, the lesson was essentially reflecting on what we have experienced in 2015, what things we wish to carry forward into 2016, and recording that in a visual way.  The exemplar was on a theme of sunshine and roses and reminded me of a lovely piece of stained glass, specifically the panels in the doorways of houses from the 1930s.  As lovely as the design was, it just wasn’t me.  I, therefore, had to think about my version for a bit and wait for inspiration.  When inspiration arrived, it was in the form of zombie bunnies.  These wee characters have cropped up time and time again in my artwork over the years so it is probably apt that they should feature in a piece about reflection and development, about progress.  I used Inktense block and ink to create it.  I wanted it to be vibrant and bright.  I then wrote my intentions for the coming year – which arose from my reflection on the year about to end – in gold ink in each of the rainbow stripes.  I kept my intentions broad for now.  I will generate a list of goals closer to the end of the year.

Week 50 - Goals & Intentions - Zombie Bunnies