I have been Pinterest-ing a lot for the past few weeks and I even found a Citizen watch here – I have decided on a couple of projects already:
1. Project Life
2. Project 52 (weekly portraits of the kids together & individually)
3. Four People Twelve Times (monthly family pictures)
4. Project Love Me (weekly selfie)
5. Memory Wall
6. Album backlog
And a few project leftover from 2012 and 2013.
I need to read more about radio fence pet products but I need to share my word for this year.
I’ve chosen the word GROW.
(of a living thing) undergo natural development by increasing in size and changing physically; progress to maturity.”he would watch Nick grow to manhood”synonyms: sprout, germinate, shoot up, spring up, develop, bud, burst forth, bloom, flourish, thrive, burgeon
synonyms: cultivate, produce, propagate, raise, rear, nurture, tend; More
allow or cause (a part of the body) to grow or develop.
“she grew her hair long”
(of something abstract) come into existence and develop.
“the Vietnamese diaspora grew out of their national tragedy”
synonyms: originate, stem, spring, arise, emerge, issue; More
become larger or greater over a period of time; increase.
“turnover grew to more than $100,000 within three years”
Are you up for a for a custom challenge coin toss – a bet whether I finish Project Life this year?
In 2012 I started Project Life – I am on Week 45 – shy of 7 weeks. I actually just need three more spreads as I plan to have December on a two-page spread.
In 2013 I stopped doing Project Life on Week 10. My dad was diagnosed with cancer and died six months later. I have not stopped collating memories and pictures but I still have no heart to actually do something about it.
In 2014 (this year), I have decided to go all digital on Project Life. And just make it a monthly thing.
Let’s see how it wraps up.
I am slowly going to be updated with Project Life.
I haven’t thrown in the towel yet – I will continue on. Between exciting second hand violins at Musicians Friend, losing Dad and catching up on work it can be really hard to stay updated but memory keeping is my passion and I won’t stop. Ever. That’s a promise!
Just wait for my updates!
Beauty means different things to different people. There is beauty in the natural world, in peoplesâ€™ faces, in forms of artistic expression, and in the way you arrange your possessions to suit your needs. For the observant person with an open heart, beauty is everywhere. But while you may recognize the glory of a pink and orange sunset over the ocean or the march of buildings along a city skyline, you might wonder how you can develop an eye for mediums of expression called fine art. Is appreciating such beauty only for the formally educated or can anyone learn how to discern what is the best of the best? Can you walk into places like Graffiti â€“ A Hill City Art Joint and know immediately why your eye is drawn to one painting or sculpture and not another? Whether you want to be able to appreciate other peoplesâ€™ creations better or try your hand at collecting, there is a method by which you can hone your tastes and expand your horizons.
Accept the Time Commitment Involved
In order to learn to do anything well, you must invest your time. In this fast-paced world of immediate gratification, this can be a hard concept to accept; but just as an artist must hone his or her skill over years of practice, so must a would-be art appreciator understand that taking the time to learn is absolutely necessary. You may choose to use your time in a variety of different ways: taking art and art history classes, visiting galleries, perusing books, and talking to artists. Learning to appreciate fine art and to develop a discerning eye is much like learning to do anything else, whether it is to become a top chef, be the best plumber in the world, or know the game of baseball and its major players inside and out. Only as you learn about art and practice observing and thinking about it over time will you be able to gain proficiency. The good news is that anyone can do it.
Observe, Feel, Repeat
No matter how much emphasis you put on technique or history, observing actual art is critical to developing your eye. Visit galleries such as Graffiti â€“ A Hill Art Joint as well as museums of art, and plan to make multiple visits. In these galleries and museums, note how you respond internally to various pieces, and then ask yourself why you are having a particular response. Donâ€™t be afraid to stand for long periods of time in front of one piece while you consider your feelings and seek to better understand the motive of the artist. You will notice that you are drawn to certain pieces almost instinctively, as if there is a gravity pulling you to them. As you continue your observations of the artwork and your inner responses, you will develop your eye. As a lover of beauty and an admirer of what humans can create, you will naturally become more observant about the world around you, finding beauty and art in natural as well as unlikely places. As a budding collector, you can surround yourself with pieces that you love and that will evoke contentment in your heart. You donâ€™t have to be pretentious or overly wealthy to learn to appreciate and have an eye for fine art. You just need commitment, a love of beauty, and the time it takes to learn.