Almost 2017

Where did I spend my time?

As I contemplate another click of the annual clock I, like many others reflect on the past year.  The biggest change for me was my youngest daughter and her new baby (along with hubby) moved back to USA to live.  We have always been close and enjoyed sharing our creative endeavours with each other.  Sometimes days are just a little bit hollow without her nearby.  Skype is my saving grace and I have enjoyed sharing milestones of her baby daughter’s journey, exploring life … the most recent of her walking …almost running already!

I have continued to study fine arts at Curtin University and completed the drawing unit this year.  I have also completed about 1/3 of my Diploma in Counselling and went to an amazing 2 day Art Therapy Workshop at Latrobe Uni in November.

I have been working 2 days a week at our local Adult Learning Centre, one of the days teaching literacy to adults … challenging and rewarding at the same time.

My art this year has taken a bit of a back seat as I was working on the days that the Mallee Artist’s meet and despite my endeavours to set up a new art group with some friends on an alternative day this has been a bit of a bust.

I am continuing to tangle to de-stress and I have big plans for a new exhibition late 2017 or early 2018.  “Mothers Garden” is something I have re-imagined on may occasions.  My mother had a beautiful, unruly garden full of romantic plants … sadly I have no photos.  So I am remembering the plants, making some studies and planning to create a nostalgic if not very accurate images of my favourite nooks and plants.

I enter the new year with a determination to complete my Diploma, find time to create and to be a tad healthier in my choices!!

Happy New Year!