|Sparklers ink on Bristol|
So next year, tomorrow, I'm starting in on some new goals. Recently a friend of mine and I were talking about movies that we've seen a gillion times. If it's on TV we watch it, if we have the DVD we watch it. If it's on Netflix, hey why not? I hate to admit it but I do the same thing with books. Thinking on it I get the feeling that it has to do with being comfortable with the familiar. I would rather read Le Mis 5280 times before I took a chance on a bad book. Just yesterday the conversation came up about a book that was critically acclaimed and won all sorts of awards but it's actually a really horrible book. I'm afraid to waste my time and money on that. So the goal this year is to give a bad book a chance. This year I'm setting a goal to watch one new, to me, movie and read a new book every week. This sounds like it shouldn't be that hard to do but you don't understand that I'm getting old and set in my ways that I don't really enjoy taking chances on how I spend my free time. It's my time and I want to enjoy the things I do during that time. But here's to hoping I find 52 good books and movies.
Work goals are a little different this year. In 2017 I had two solo shows and was in several group shows. I'll be in another group show in February 2018, participate in plein air competitions and have been commissioned for a couple of large paintings. Right now I'm working on finishing illustrating a comic book written by Jade D'Adrenz, who's also a fabulous musician, and I have a meeting next week to see about illustrating a children's book. It seems like 2018 may be filled with story telling and I'm actually looking forward to it.
So for 2018 you can expect books and movie reviews, more inktober, and all the other random things that go on inside the chaos. As for the rest of it, I'd just like to continue to keep a positive outlook on life and all of its quirks.
I wish you all a happy and healthy 2018.