I have a couple of new year's projects on the go. Above is a portion of a collage about what I want from the coming year and what I want to give it. Waverly Fitzgerald's concept of slow time has been especially inspiring. When hearing her speak recently she explained about natural rhythms, and different ways of measuring time. I've found them personally to be more gentle and surprisingly more productive than old fashioned time management and goal systems. I haven't read any of her books yet, but have noticed that she has a blog called Living in Season that you may find interesting to check out.
This is part of my abundance journal for 2009 which I customized. The silver dollar dried petals/leaves were sitting in my studio for quite some time before I figured out a use that I liked. They add a nice layer of depth to the leaves. Kate had a photo of silver dollars in her winter garden if you've never seen them and want to know what they look like (third photo down).
Lastly, I took some time to reflect on 2008 accomplishments. I didn't figure I'd have any, since I've been on sick leave for the year, but there they were. That's a pick-me-up! The highlights were signing on with a new corporate gallery, improving my techniques, visiting galleries in Halifax, and meeting some very cool people. I'll just mention two for now. Robyn helped me with a creative block, and her site is very muse-like. She's often showcasing outstanding artists for inspiration. Jeane's methods of deconstructing really clicked and let to some very satisfying studio time.
I hope you found beauty in your 2008 and that you'll find plenty of joy and abundance in the years to come. See you in 2009!