At the risk of sounding rather Ebenezer, am I the only one who is really glad that Christmas is over? Ho, Ho, Ho, already. Now, let’s get on with the show!
Christmas used to be my favorite holiday. I come from a very large family (seven kids), and the holiday was always filled with love and fun and hilarity. Even into adulthood – especially the hilarity.
But then, I left California and moved to Santa Fe and went into the gallery business, which means we could not travel to California for family holidays. When you are in the retail business in a tourist destination, you are stuck in place during this final visitor season of the year.
Neither Mark nor I have the extra energy to deck the halls and then un-deck them at home, and after freezing our appendages off for a few years doing the beautiful Canyon Road walk on Christmas Eve (usually the coldest night of the year), we sort of retired from celebrating – with the operative part of that word being “tired”.
I don’t like cooking, as we all know, but I have found a way to make a holiday meal with next to no effort (as illustrated above). It’s great – try it. And if you are expected to COOK, just throw the packages away and pretend you did.
When not involved in the hurry-scurry of it all, you really notice how over-produced everything has become, how commercial, and in some cases, how downright irritating.
So, I am very happy that Christmas is over.
My favorite holiday is actually New Years Day (in a close race with Memorial Day).
New Years brings a lot of energy around starting new things, cleaning out old things, and making everything ready for a shiny new year. I do a lot of daydreaming and planning during this week between holidays.
I have fun ideas for 2018 and hope I get to most, if not all of them.
Here are a few . . .
Top priority is to create a website for my gallery. I have been putting that off long enough. And I am going to add an online gift gallery to it.
Since we moved to gallery row and went upscale a couple years ago, I have been unable to put “gift” items in the gallery, but I still love gift items, and create them and buy them from my favorite artists, so I decided an online gift gallery will be the perfect solution. It will be called “Some of a Kind” – watch for the announcement coming soon.
My handmade glass palettes have been a big success and I am working on ways to offer them more often. I have also created a glass brush rest, which is REALLY colorful and fun. They sold out in the gallery, but I am making more to share with you.
Last year, I did a magazine called Captured Moments. I loved doing it, but it was a difficult thing because of its broader scope. Artists wanted more art stuff and non-artists thought there was too much about art. It sold well, but not well enough for the effort and time required. That is why there has not been another one.
In 2018, I will try a smaller and more focused e-“zine” (small magazine). I chose the topics most dear to my heart – sketching and journaling. It will be a publication for “People who love to draw in books”, and the title is “Sketch N Journal”. The first issue will be along in January if all goes as planned.
AND . . . perhaps the most ambitious project of all is something I have been thinking about for many years.
I am not an Urban Sketcher because I am not very “urban” and I don’t work well on site, but I love the Urban Sketcher ideal of traveling the world through sketches.
For all my years of meandering back roads on my many road trips, I have loved the interesting stories I found in small towns along the way. Small towns are where you can still find the “personality” of a region, and I would like to preserve some of that through sketches.
I have purchased all the necessary digital real estate to found a new movement called “Small Town Sketchers“, which will hopefully become a collection of the visual stories of small towns around the world. Sketchers will hashtag their small town sketches so we can find them, and we will gather them into a searchable database that anyone can visit.
So, start searching your archives for any sketch you have done on a small town subject, or get out now and do some exploring. For our purposes, a “small town” has a population of less than 20,000. Distinctive neighborhoods of larger urban areas can also be considered small towns if they have their own personality.
This will be lots of fun, so stay tuned.
Let me know in Comments what you think of all or any of this.
Meanwhile, Happy New Year and I’ll see you on the other side!