Happy 2014 in ink

Lady with champagne fashion sketchThis is what I wish I’d look like on a typical New Year’s Eve celebration. Instead I was at home, wearing a worn out set of Yoga pants and a tartan Uniqlo fleece. I’m not a big fan of celebrating the passing of time. Another year closer to the big 3-0, another calender year gone, not exactly reasons to celebrate.

However, I did take the opportunity to come up with a list of impressive resolutions. Spending more time on art, for instance. And being more positive about the fact that this time passes so bloody quickly.

Do MORE things BADLY

new year resolution painting
Do MORE Things BADLY: my new year’s resolution in acrylic paint.

On new year’s day I grabbed my pen and scribbled a long list of resolutions. Making sure not to include silly things like “get thin”, I wrote a list of stuff that I wanted to do in 2013. Because let’s face it, we need to do more stuff. Stuff that we love. I would love to make another picture book for my niece (and other kiddies, who knows?!), decorate my new place properly, get my art room sorted out… And so much more! Overwhelm, panic, CHAOS!

And then it hit me. Do more things badly. A lovely phrase by SARK, from her book Make Your Creative Dreams Real. I regularly find myself thinking about a certain arty project for a while and draining myself from all energy before putting a pencil to the paper. Instead of making a start and just having a go, us creatives often find ourselves worrying about our abilities. Look, even Shane Glines is at it.

So let’s just make a start and give yourself the permission to fail this year!

Start NEW in 2013

happy new year fashion drawing031_happynewyear2012_2From my hometown of The Hague in the Netherlands I wish you are very happy 2013! A brand NEW start to a creative life.