Peace is not to be taken for granted,
but something to strive for.
My friends, I wish you peace. The kind of peace that comes from within your own soul because you have worked hard to create that moment of calm, of focus, of content.
Every December I take a break from teaching and textiles and spend time with different kinds of "making." Most years I try a new origami star. It takes time and patience and persistence to figure out some of the more complicated stars. As my hands work I find myself existing simply in the moment. If you know me, you know this is slightly miraculous. My mind is always ten places at once and always thinking about the future.
A poem, haiku or a small drawing at night
has the effect of driving all other thoughts away.
The narrowed focus and purity of intent creates a sense of calm
after a day of supersaturated activity.
I also use these activities to meditate and focus on my gratitude for the good things in my life and to clarify the goals I want to reach for in the coming year. I am both loose and also intense about these goals. I love thinking of them, dreaming of great big things, breaking them down into steps that are bite sized and achievable. I love making lists and setting everything in order on the page.
At the same time, I know myself. I know that I am happiest when I am flexible with my timing. A one year goal might need five years to reach when my family and other obligations are taken into account. So I don't ever beat myself up if my goals aren't happening on a particular timeline.
When you choose the North Star as your guide you will never actually set foot on the star. But you might reach a mountaintop and you will certainly have interesting experiences on the journey. I love the journey and I seldom walk a straight path.
My friends, again, I wish you peace.
What are you grateful for?
What is your North Star?
I invite you to give your inner artist a gift!
Time to fully concentrate on your work.
Time to refine your creative process.
Clarity and direction to set and work towards you goals.
Announcing a guided Independent study retreat with Lyric Montgomery Kinard. Spend a week honing your voice and clarifying your vision as an artist in a thoughtfully supportive environment.
You may choose to participate in daily thought topics, critique sessions, and design exercises with your classmates, or not. Lyric will be with you the entire time to give direction, feedback, and lots and lots of individual guidance and encouragement.
What you work on during this week is entirely up to you. Here are a few possibilities, but there are infinite options. Worksheets and a quick call with Lyric before the retreat will help you set goals for the week.
Work on a meaningful piece of art
Work on a series
Work through a series of design exercises
Work through ideas you've been wanting to explore
Work to understand specific Design Principles
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