Many people out there are blogging about their New Year’s resolutions and their “word” for 2016. (Christa from Christa Quilts picked the word Relax and Pat Sloan picked the word “Space”.) I decided that I wanted to focus on a word too. It isn’t going to be a goal or anything like that, more along the lines of taking ownership of that word.
My word for 2016 will be ARTIST.
For some reason I have never considered myself to be an “artist”, which is especially
weird interesting given the fact that I actually have a Minor in Studio Art. There are many reasons for this, but mostly because I never felt like I could draw. I mean, my best picture of a person is a stick figure. I have always associated artist with someone who can draw. When I took up Zentangle 11 months ago, I realized that I can draw. In fact, I really love my Zentagle drawings. Learning to Zentangle has made me better at Free Motion Quilting.
I have decided that being able to draw something that looks like a real life replica is no longer how I will define the word “artist”. I cannot draw, but I create beautiful things every day, and that should be included in my definition. In addition to drawing, my love of photography has helped me learn how to put colors together in quilts and it has helped me translate the things I see in every day life into beautiful quilts, which I shall now call “works of art”.
So from here on out I will be thinking of myself not only as Melissa – mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, quilter, designer, but also as Melissa – Artist.
Taking ownership of that word is a huge step for me.
What word are you taking ownership of this year?