Ha. Ha Ha. My January then quickly filled and I have an extra two commitments on my plate. But you know what, I'm grateful. I think I'm going to be forced to more strict with my creative time, I'm going to need to get a decent amount of sleep because my days will be full force. And when January ends, I think I'll be better for it.
My first assignment in one of my classes, Forward Momentum taught by Posy Quarterman, is to review and cull my work from 2015. Come up with a list of the work that brings me true joy, that moves me. Some are included because the joy came from pride in my creation. Some because the joy came from connection with my subject. And some because they touched and helped me to grow in some way. Eventually I will publish these in my own book via Artifact Uprising.
I heard a lot of chatter in my head during this process. "That's not technically great." "No one will get that." "I don't think anyone else likes this photo." "Is this even in focus?!" :)
And it was a wonderful feeling to push past that chatter. To recognize the joy and stand up for it, even if it doesn't make sense to anyone outside of my own soul. This art is just for me.
A note about the last photograph: It is the only personal/family photo included. It is my grandfather, taken recently at his 100th birthday party. It is not a "pretty" photo, but wow does it fill my soul with joy.
I know. Isn't he amazing?! Jack William Normington, my hero at 100 years new.