Happy New Year

IT IS WITH SOME SADNESS THAT  I REPORT THE “POTENTIAL CLOSING” OF THE 52 WEEK CHALLENGE. THE PERSONS THAT HAVE BEEN RUNNING IT  NEED A BREAK FROM THE JOB OF KEEPING ALL THE BALLS IN THE AIR. THE IDEA THAT THE GROUP WOULD BE PACKED UP REALLY KNOCKED ME FOR A LOOP. I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO CONTRIBUTE SINCE JUNE FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS.  I HAVE HOWEVER, ENJOYED SEEING THE WORK THAT OTHERS HAVE PRODUCED AROUND THE WEEKLY CHALLENGES AND HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH FROM ALL OF THE PARTICIPANTS. WHEN THE LAST WEEK ROLLED AROUND WITH THE CHALLENGE “CELEBRATE” I COULD NOT LET THE OPPORTUNITY PASS WITHOUT PRODUCING A QUICK LITTLE SKETCH.  BELOW YOU WILL FIND THE LAST ENTRY OF MINE FOR 2017. IT TURNS OUT THAT THERE WAS SOME VERY IMPORTANT LEARNING JUST WAITING FOR ME!
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Week 52-Celebration
Watercolour
Hi all! Wishing you all a wonderful year to come. Like many of you I was shocked and horrified at the news of the shutting down of 52. As I read comments and and adjusted to the concept I began to make peace with whatever the outcome might be. The learning curve has been huge for me and I have gained so much from seeing what my fellow creators have posted.
It has been six months since I have been able to send in work and as the close loomed closer I realized that I did not want the end (or a new beginning) to come without an offering from my brush. but what? With that question one more chunk of learning came to me. I realize that I hold myself back because I am always looking for the perfect, just right and amazing idea and often just let the opportunity to create disappear because it does not live up to my self imposed expectations!!
This wee Deer mouse appeared in my family room a couple of days ago and I took the opportunity to do a quick sketch. This morning I decided to include him in the Celebration of the End (or the New Beginning) My new motto for the year to come—DON’T OVERTHINK. JUST MAKE ART! I hope to make it my way forward! Thanks to you all for the fun and games and creativity!
IN THE END WE DISCOVERED THAT THERE IS A LIST OF CHALLENGES FOR 2018 AND THE POSSIBILITY EXISTS THAT NEW PERSONS WILL BE ABLE TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE  AND TAKE THE CHALLENGE INTO A NEW INCARNATION. STAY TUNED!!!

About Sharon Ramsay Curtis

Artist at The Artful Garden Gallery, Teacher, Potter, Raconteur and Generally Interesting Person.
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