Boy, people are angry at 2016, aren't they? I can't find too many people showing the year end love. That's okay, 2016 wasn't exactly a shining year for me, either: I have cut ties with 2 family members; been to court twice for separate reasons, winning one and settling the other; and dealt with more than enough personal and family dramas. Basically, I'm not sad to see 2016 go either.
But that's not what I'm here to talk about.
I've been HARD at work on my goals, plans, and dreams, y'all. (Something I've never in my life done.) But 2017, well, it feels different. It looks like 2017 is shaping up to be my year. I've spent (literally) the entire last week writing down my dreams, coming up with realistic goals, writing a biz plan and brainstorming ideas.
Change your mind, change your life (Hokey? Maybe, but also: TRUE!)
This has been a dream I've held onto for 16 YEARS, people! It's just that until now, I haven't been in the right mental state to make it all happen. It's hard to go for huge, uncomfortable dreams when you are broke, have no self esteem and literally no one supports your dream (not even you, really).
To put it bluntly, I couldn't make my dreams happen because I didn't believe in myself. Oh, don't get me wrong . . . I wanted it very badly! But if you don't believe something is possible for you (even though you know there are bunches of people out there whom its possible for), no matter how much you want that dream, it won't be possible for you until you believe it is. SO simple, but not easy. My whole life, I've been told life is a certain way. And I lived according to those beliefs other people had. All the while, I would wish and hope and "if only," knowing that somewhere in my head I could see the life I dreamed of. But it might as well have been on a mountaintop in the Himalayas for all I knew.
I've spent countless hours in 2016 working on the one thing that I knew would benefit me most: my mindset. Plus, I worked on my art skills and continued my several degrees worthy learning of social media, communications, marketing, etc. And I finally have something to show for all this!
did the hard stuff first: planning and writing down those plans (two wildly different things, as it turns out!) Now, I have a lot of action to take.
Starting with sharing my new logo!
My last logo was actually my first attempt at doing my own hand drawn. I'm actually still kind of fond of it, despite the quickie sketch and scrawled writing. This time, I have a clear focus for my art and I wanted my logo to represent that. I must've written 20-25 pages of plans, ideas, dreams and thoughts before I was finally able to get the clarity I needed though. So, not easy.
In the end, I decided to focus in 2017 on my favorite kind of art-making: mixed media portraits with vintage flair.
I heart searching out vintage photos (1850's through about 1940's) and using them as my reference for creating new paintings with a modern feel but with just that little bit of nostalgia or hint of days gone by. A little bit of now, a little bit of nostalgia.
I drew and lettered my logo yesterday, and considered briefly whether I should color it, or parts of it, but I ultimately decided to leave it black and white.
My thought behind what I came up with was to include as much of what I do for art as possible. I chose a vintage photo of a woman to reference, since I draw women more than men or kids. I drew a rough sketch first, figuring I could use it to do a more precise version after.
I wanted to define it a little, so I thought it would be cool to put it in a vintage-y looking frame.
Then I hand lettered my name at the top and "mixed media art" at the bottom.
Then I inked it all with a Micron pen, scanned it, and my new logo was complete!
I hope you've enjoyed seeing how I created my logo, and I would also love to know if my thoughts on mindset and getting yourself on board with...yourself resonated. Please leave a comment! Happy New Year!