Here we are then, end of 2018. The last of my daily prints. It has been a difficult task for sure. But I know that there are many people who have had harder battles than me to contend with this year. But here we are , ready to see out the old and welcome the new. I wish you well in your celebrations this evening and hope you start the year on a good footing. Thank you to those that have stuck around all year, I really do appreciate it. Next year I have a new task, I think I have been easier on myself this year and I have bought a book and intend to fill a page each day. It may be drawings , words ,prints or collage , who knows.
The end of the year approaches. For many it is a time of reflection. Looking back is a double edged sword. The things that brought us joy and happiness are pleasing to re visit. But less helpful are memories of sadness, anger and despair. I hope you are able to look back at the positive things that this year has brought , but don’t dissect too much, rather look onward towards the New Year with spirited anticipation .
I work in my garage. when I first moved in I loved the space, even if it is a bit cold sometimes. But gradually my magpie instinct is filling the space with more and more things. And people don’t help. They mean to be kind , and I do love to receive things from other peoples clear outs. But there is only so much room. And I have to say a tidy up is well over due in my little garage. So today I have started to tidy up. I was doing so well, until I was distracted by a cushion that needed finishing, and some cards that needed sorting, and then then I have new books to develop… well any way I did make a print for today. I found some old maps and a rubber stamp I made for something . But I thought they went well together.
Don’t know quite why that little ditty is going round my brain today , but there you can have it. If you know the song you will be humming it by now. Perhaps it is just how I feel, trying to get things finished before the end of the month. End of the year even!
21st saw me doing some automatic writing to make a background to the gel plate print. 10 bonus points if you are able to make out any of the writing ! The mangle helped on the 25th to make a little Christmas influenced print, and today’s print was made with a rubber as I was thinking about the sun and the moon influences me throughout the year. Circles and colour’s have helped me navigate the last few days, not long left until I make the last print for this little project and no to the new year challenge. Hope you are all well. Thank you for staying with me on my printing journey and I hope you stay along for 2019.
I am not good at making choices. I often struggle to decide what to do because I think too much about the consequences of the choice I make. It can be simple things like what to have to eat that evening, or more important things, the struggle is always difficult. Sometimes that means I do nothing.
This morning I made a choice about work, and here are the results. I was pleased I made the choice. I made it for the right reasons.
Back in November I posted a catch-up post. I had hoped it would have been the last one for this year, if your still with me you know it wasn’t. There has been quite a delay form then till today and this post. There have been days I have been so busy I didn’t have time for me to post. But more often the missing days were lost days to self-doubt and melancholy. Yesterday I read a post by someone suffering depression, it uplifted me and gave me the strength to post today. I am grateful for today. Thank you to all who I may encounter today. Please talk to each other, respond to posts, tweets, it can and does make a difference.
There are some days not here, the prints are somewhere, just need to order and photograph them . I hope you forgive me, I will find them and pop them in soon. Today was about continuing not giving up or worrying.