Sunday, January 12, 2014

Creative Goals for 2014 + Folk Nativity

At the beginning of 2013 I tried to set a few creative goals, because I realized that I had been neglecting my own artistic development by only allotting time for children's art projects. I set a simple goal of trying to draw for 10 minutes each day. While I ended up not drawing everyday, I sketched way more often than I had since my children were born! So, it was definitely successful.

So here are a few simple goals for 2014 that I think are realistic:

  • draw or paint 15 minutes or more 3x a week
  • work on a couple of knit and crochet projects in the winter and autumn (it's hard for me to do any of that kind of work in the summer when it's warm)
  • work on the text of the children's book I am writing (yes, one of my dreams is to someday publish a children's book) in the winter and on the illustrations in the summer
One another note, what I experienced with God during Advent and Christmas is still very much on my heart and mind. On Epiphany, I began working on what I call a "folk nativity" to continue meditating on the Incarnation.

Inspired by a 13th century illuminated nativity and the work of Czech illustrator, Daniela Krolupperová, I painted the picture below. I always find it interesting to look at the stages in which an artist works, so here are a couple of pics of the process. It ended up being a truly multi-media collage with acrylic, watercolor, oil pastels, and ink. 

What are your creative goals for 2014?


  1. I love your art work, great color and style! Your goals are wonderful, I really cherish my art time and hope to add in a more consistent time to work on it this year. Your goal of writing a children's book is exciting, I look forward to reading your blog throughout this new year. :)

  2. Thanks, April! I look forward to reading yours as well!