the new year begins...

In the last couple of years, instead of making new year resolutions, I've been picking a word for the year...a word that would help guide me and provide a framework...giving me a "theme" if you would imagine, that pulls together one's activity for 12 months.

I've found that its rather helpful...last year's word was simplify...and in a very physical sense, that is exactly what happened...

I went on a purging frenzy and unloaded a lot of extra stuff...which probably helped to unload some mental clutter as well in the process.

This year, when I thought about a word, it was a struggle...should it be this...or maybe that...or have you considered...it was becoming torturous...until it became clear...

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my word needed to be...FOCUS

I need to focus on what I am doing in the next year...in what direction am I going.  I need to focus on how I spend my time, my energy, my resources - mentally, physically, artistically.  I don't want to just go with the flow...I want to live intentionally.

I need to eliminate distractions that flit across my attention span, like gnats that pester you in summer, seemingly buzzing around but impossible to quell.

This doesn't mean that life will be rigid...rather I want to make conscious decisions, being open to spontaneity but with one eye on the horizon...not bobbing around in the waves, subject to any ripple that washes over me.

It is my hope, with a little more concentrated effort, I'll be blogging on a more regular basis...as soon as I fine tune my writing focus...I hope you'll stay tuned...

Do you have a word for the year? I'd love to hear...comment below...

Altered Tins Workshop

 

a weathered metal tin...a vintage photograph...a bit of glue and paper...a miniature art assemblage is born!

Join me at this workshop on Saturday, October 1 from 1pm - 4pm held at my Everett workshop studio...I'll provide everything you need to create your mini metal collage - tools, ephemera, found objects and inspiration.

Cost of the session is $45 and you can register with the link provided on the calendar page of my website under the description for the Altered Tins workshop. Details including directions to my studio will be included with your confirmation.

Bring a friend along and make it an art-filled afternoon...I look forward to seeing you...

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And so a new chapter begins...

After five years of blogging, something just didn't click.  The calendar turned over to 2016; it seemed that my word for the year, simplify, kicked in immediately...I began purging, clearing out, making way, changing my routine...

Yes, the old way had to go...blogging seemed to be a burden.  I was asked more than once for a portfolio of my work but didn't have anything concrete to show.  I knew that my blog needed to change but I didn't know what would replace it...after 9 months (mmm...a coincidental gestation period?) here it is...a new comprehensive website.

 

 

 

You'll notice a name change...fourcornersdesign.com was not available as a domain...so I tweaked as best I could...and now its STUDIO FOUR CORNERS...somewhat familiar but enough of a change so that you know something is different. It's a bit more streamlined, cleaner, easier to navigate I hope...and I've turned off the comments but you have the option to like a post if you want...again, done for the sake of simplicity...

Not only is there a blog component, but also a gallery of my art, a calendar of events and workshops, and a compilation of my everyday life, capturing ordinary occurrences with a photographic eye.  There's also an easy way to contact me - so whether you have a compliment or a concern, you can email me.

I'm still tinkering with the site so expect updates to pages...as well as some glitches I'm sure...its a work in progress...much like real life...

I look forward to this new online forum...I hope you will too...