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Dear Friends,
March 6, 2018

Each year I choose a Word to Accept”.

I’ve done this exercise since I started creating art over six years ago. Over these years, I have given a lot of thought to the choice of this short or long word. It seems like a simple thing….choose a word and get onto the next item on the agenda. But in actuality, it is like having a strategic plan; in art, in life, and in business. This one word encapsulates what I’m trying to achieve for a particular time frame….you could almost think of this word as a mantra. I start with five words.  I mull them over in my mind over a span of weeks and gradually discard the words that do not resonate with me and I finally select what I believe to be the right word for the present time.

The word I choose this year is “CREATE”.

When I look back over all the words I have chosen for each particular year, it strikes me how the definition and the impact the word has played out in my art life. It transforms itself into a goal for my work.

For instance, the definition of creating means:
– bring (something) into existence…..Synonym: produce, generate, bring into being, make, fabricate, fashion, build

– cause (something) to happen as a result of one’s actions. Synonym: bring about, give rise to, lead to, result in, cause, breed, generate, engender, produce, make for, promote, foster, sow the seeds of, contribute to

I chose this word on February 1st, 2018. Why? Because my goal this year is to acquire at least one commercial gallery and one public art show in the next short term. To achieve this goal, I have to create a new, consistent body of artwork ranging from 20-30 pieces.

You can see how the definition reads as a mantra to how I will plan my art production.
Choosing this word helps me focus on what I really need to achieve….not what I want to achieve. It forces me to dig down deep and sort out the needs and the wants. I need to create 85 pieces of work this year as opposed to I want to create 200 pieces of artwork. See what a difference this makes in one’s own mind? It clarifies reality from disillusionment and keeps the ground steady to achieve realistic goals.

 

 Similar to other artists’ and the struggles of creating something all the time, I can become easily distracted! But when I’m busy painting a new piece of artwork and I carefully and skillfully position this word into the overall schematic of the painting, it is a quiet reminder of my given route and art path for the year.

Do you choose a word every year and use it in your practice?

I’d love to hear from you.  Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

P.S. | Common Passion Artshow is happening NOW at the Medicine Hat Public Library.  Opening Night is this Thursday, March 8, 2018, from 7-9 pm in the Ground Level Floor Gallery.

About the show:
Four artists, one common thread: a passion for paint. Theresa Eisenbarth, Evelyn Kleis, Gena LaCoste, and Susan Sakamoto will have art on display in the Library’s Lower Level for the month of March. Join us as we celebrate their works with a public reception on International Women’s Day.

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