Well, friends. It's a new year! I'm going to try to read more. Do more yoga. Shower occasionally. You know, the usual promises I make to myself every January. But this year, the resolution I'm most excited/terrified about is starting this project. Every week of 2016, I'll be releasing a new print right here on this blog. My hope is that it will encourage me to make more art, simply because it brings me joy. I don't know what will come of it, or what this little business of mine will look like a year from now, but I'm absolutely convinced that by simply creating more often, a part of myself that I've been ignoring for a while will come to life.
You have treasures hidden within you—extraordinary treasures—and so do I, and so does everyone around us. And bringing those treasures to light takes work and faith and focus and courage and hours of devotion, and the clock is ticking, and the world is spinning, and we simply do not have time anymore to think so small.
Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
That quote (and really, the entire book) feels like it was written for me. This past summer, I was finally able to name a frustration that I had been feeling for quite some time. I realized that I was tired of letting fear hold me back from pursuing what I believe that I have been uniquely created to do. Drawing. Painting. Creating. I don't want to be afraid of failure. Of not making any money. Of people thinking I'm super weird because I draw puppies and babies for a living. I want to take risks and go for it with everything I have because deep down, I believe it's what I'm supposed to do with this life I've been given.
So here's my first attempt at unearthing my "extraordinary treasure". It's called Wood Cut! Because, well, it's an illustration of a wood cut. And to be honest, I'm not totally sure why I chose to do it, other than the fact that I've always thought that tree rings were really beautiful. I could probably sit here for a while and come up with some deep thoughts about tree rings and growth and how our past shapes who we are and etc., but maybe I'll just leave it up to you to interpret however you please. :)
If you like it, it's available for purchase here, starting at just $20.
UPDATE! I just got a text from a friend with a brilliant suggestion. From now on, every print in the Weekly Print Series will be 10% off for the first week! After the first week is over, it will remain in the shop at full price. So head on over this week to receive your discount on Wood Cut! Thank you, Abby, for the genius idea! :)
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for following along. Here's to new adventures in 2016!
Love & Respect,