A Year of Calligraphy Done & Dusted, What’s Next?

Ink & Gel pen on mixed media paper- Words: Maya Angelou

I have been blogging everyday for many years, more than six in fact. One year ago today I set a goal to create a piece of calligraphy for one year, today is my last post in that year long adventure. HOLY COW! I can’t believe it’s over, time went very quickly. Thank you to everyone who has read and supported me throughout this year with comments including so many kind words. What a time it has been.

I would like to share a few things I have learned along the way. One: Setting a goal is easy, doing the work to complete that goal is the hard part. I had to work more on some days than others to get both the art and words together. I often had to work ahead in creating pieces in order to have time to write the words. It was a day by day journey, well worth the efforts. Two: Setting to goal has serendipities I did not imagine. I scoured books and other resources to find quotes that sparked my interest enough to warrant a piece of calligraphy. I have many, many, many books of quotes and the gift this year gave me was the opportunity to bring them to life in my own way. I always wanted to compile my own book of quotes and today it hit me that I did just that.

Three: Time is a dear friend, only if we treat it with respect. My time, my husband’s time, day time, night time, all the hours I spent writing were a gift I did not understand until I opened it each day. I have created an incredible habit here and will cherish this new friend for decades to come. Setting a goal and doing the work changes us and those around us. Four: Technology is grand, when it works. I had a few foibles this year, some due to technology and some due to user error. The right tools make all the difference. In setting the goal I had to manage technology, myself and how I utilized technology, and I had to rely on other people to support the technology I was using. In other words, I didn’t have to do it alone. Work smarter not harder. And finally, Five: Small steps make it all doable. By breaking this year into bite size bits I was able to keep going even when times were tough. We all know this and yet we do not always practice it in our own lives. How do you eat an elephant, one bit at a time. I made takes for art and time for words, probably on average two to three hours every day. Sounds like a lot and yet over time it was a drop in the bucket.

So what’s next for me? I have been GREATLY encouraged to create a book from this year of calligraphy, so I am working towards that goal starting today. I have the content, now it’s time to edit, format, proof read and publish. To get all that done I am going to take a break from the blog until June 1, 2021. That gives me three months to get things rolling and get ready to publish. When I return to posting I will start with an update on the book and bring new thoughts, ideas and maybe even more art to this forum.

Thank you all for your support and comments, enjoy the coming Spring days. I will ‘see’ you in June!

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