Artist, Creativity Facilitator. Opera Singer, Voice Teacher. 📓🎨🎼📷
ATLien in Blacksburg, VA. My 2017 list of favorite songs ⬇️
“Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Letter from a Birmingham jail
16 April 1963
2/52. I’ve never bothered to print out any of my yearly projects. This year, that’s going to be different. #Project52
On the right-hand page, a letter to my college-aged self:
What are you dreaming about, baby girl? It’s ok. Go ahead. Dream. Keep dreaming. Never stop. It’s okay to dream big. It’s okay to dream slowly, fully, vividly, often. It’s okay to focus and go after each one. It’s okay to hold them close to your heart, quietly. It’s okay to talk about them, often. It’s okay to change your mind. It’s okay to grow out of them and dream totally new, totally different ones. And no, not a one is foolish, or a waste of time. Each is a product of your brilliant imagination, of your beautiful mind. Let everything that you’ve experienced and accomplished thus far serve as confirmation that where you are is okay, dreaming is okay, dreams are okay. More than okay. Gold.
And on the left-hand page, a poem:
And when I see it
When I get the vision
I’ll describe it out loud to myself
And write it down
Using colorful words
With bright letters
And I’ll laugh in song with joy
Because I wrote the vision
And made it plain
Flawed, for sure.
But for every flaw, there is FIERCE. For every ounce of fierce, there is greater power to FLY. It is time to fly as if we’d never been held back.
(The left page is the hook from a rap song that I used to like when I was a kid in the ‘80s.) #flygirl
1/52. Decided to go with a new Project 52 for 2018. All self portraits. Excited to see where this goes. #project52
This piece from 2014 by my son just popped up for me and I had to share it. I love everything that he makes. I love his imagination and creativity and it inspires me to no end. Love you @iamcued 😘
My #onelittleword for 2017 was Elevate. (In my IG Stories last week, I got all mixed up and said it was Expansion, which was my word in 2016. I was a bit scatterbrained lol.) I’ve decided that this year, I’m going to focus on watching how beautifully things move and change through courage and hope. I expect to see it in many different ways. So, Transform is my word. This page makes me think of that. The usual suspects as far as my process goes... taking a poem that I wrote about courage in 2016 and painting it. It makes me think of situations transforming and becoming something distinctly beautiful, all because we leaned in and didn’t run away. #OLW
12/12: December 2017. Another personal project finished. I was a couple days late posting this, but I’ve just been chilling the past couple of days. Happy New Year. I’m glad you’re here. On to a new Project 52. ♥️
Happy New Year to all of you. May 2018 be your most fulfilling year yet. ♥️
Year in Review.
My favorite selfies this year.
This is one of the things that worked. I made the intention to make a lot of art this year, and I did. I also made the intention to make a lot more art with myself in it, and I did. And I came away with so many images that I am so proud of. I encouraged myself through creating numerous times.
I was able to do commission work, in the form of drawings and digital portraits. I’m still learning how to not be so sheepish about what I have to offer, but I did do better about it.
There was also stuff that did not work.
I relaunched my creative course that I had such a beautiful time facilitating in 2016. That flopped.
I also launched a page on Patreon, with the intention of having December’s content be all holiday carols, like the ones I had done the two previous years on Periscope but recorded this time. Recorded half of them; never could get the files to upload properly on my page. So, that flopped.
Am I disappointed? Sure I am. But what did work has made such an impact on me this year that the feeling of disappointment is fleeting. Besides, we can learn great lessons, sometimes our greatest lessons, from failing. Ironically, we don’t ever want to talk about how we’ve failed or are failing. We like to pretend that everything is great and present this super-slick and shiny highlight reel to the world. I get it. I do it too. It’s embarrassing to have the flops and non-starters and poor choices laid bare. And if you’re like me and you’re already sensitive and you dealt with being bullied when you were younger and experienced public humiliation more than once and even greater private humiliation a few more times, you might not be chomping at the bit to be all “heyyyy come look at what’s currently not working.”
Maybe together we can work in 2018 to be even gentler with ourselves, and with each other, so that it gets easier to speak about what isn’t working. May we have stronger resolve.
My resolve is pretty strong right now, so that’s good. I’m also not giving up just yet on Patreon. Will go back to the drawing board and figure something out.
These were my most liked posts of 2017. I love the colors here. Thank you for hanging out with me this year. Do stick around in 2018. #bestnine2017