As we head toward the end of this decade faster than my acrylic paint can dry, I find myself with a sparkling Rose in hand, contemplating the year that was. Honestly? It was amazing!
This year has taught me that amazing people do exist in this world, Kind, giving and authentic people who fill your soul and are generous of their time, knowledge and friendship. In a society full of pretence and superficiality I have discovered beautiful arty souls who have kept me lifted and optimistic in a world that does its best to do the opposite.
This year has taught me that the world needs art and artists now more than ever. Artists offer so many different points of view and they express it in ways that we can all understand no matter who we are, where we are from and what defines our lives. For me, art is speaking in colours.
This year has taught me that getting out of your comfort zone is a good thing. Putting yourself out there is scary but do it anyway. I would not have done half the things I have this year if I didn't stretch myself.
This year has taught me that the best piece of advice I can give you is to not worry about what other people may or may not think of you. Honestly, it is none of your business. There are always critics, naysayers and doubters but there are also appreciators, encouragers and optimists. Just focus on your reasons why. I stand by my art but I also accept it's not for everyone. This is a good thing because it means there is room for all kinds of art and artists. All art has an audience. All art is necessary. Your art is needed. Do it with conviction. If you are not an artist yourself (I think we all are secretly) then support an artist you like and buy a piece of their art. It will mean the world to them and you'll have something that gives you joy for the rest of your life.
This year has taught me the importance of having support and being supportive. I could not do what I do without the support of my family but they could not have done the things they have without my support. We are all happier for it. I truly love my family.
Lastly this year has taught me the importance of making the time to do the things that fill our hearts. I am so filled with joy. If we can do more of what we love we have more love to give. Kindness flows. Tolerance blooms. Contentment spreads. Love heals.
Thank you to those of you who have come on this journey with me. I am so blessed to have you in my life. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Love Filled New Year.
Images: Anemones & Trinity