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Dear ART Friends,
January 2019

Upon much pondering this year, I cannot move on from the word I chose last year. If you have followed my progress in my art journey, each year I choose a Word to Accept”. (this word is my mantra for the year). And, I choose a “Word to Let Go”.

I’ve done this exercise since I started creating art over six years ago. 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.

Eisenbarth art studio space 2018

The word I chose last year was to “CREATE”. Create What you ask? ….the idea was to create my 40 odd pieces of artwork to have on hand to place me in a good position to be able to apply to commercial galleries. I did not complete this task on my list.

2018 was indeed a weird year.

From speaking with my friends, I think it was like that for many people. Projects did not go the way I had planned, my schedule was messed up and I did not produce as much work as I would have liked. So this is it; its’ the year to achieve this word so I can move onto the next project!

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 difference between 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.
Do you do a similar practice at the start of each year? I’d love to hear from you.
Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Best regards,
Theresa EISENBARTH
+ EISENBARTH ART STUDIO

P.S. the definition of creating means:

– bring (something) into existence…..Synonym: producegenerate, bring into being, makefabricatefashionbuild
– cause (something) to happen as a result of one’s actions. Synonym: bring about, give rise to, lead to, result in, causebreedgenerateengenderproduce, make for, promotefoster, sow the seeds of, contribute to
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