Can I just copy and paste last year's journal, which I wrote nearly exactly a year ago, saying "damn that was sure a suckfest, let's hope next year is better"..? *sigh*
Unfortunately 2016 was NOT better than 2015. For a lot of us, it was infinitely worse, in so many ridiculous ways. For me the last two years have been especially absurd concerning All Things Artistic. And only one DA journal and post per a year for the last three years...? After having been so prolific for so long? Yeah, I'm doing a really bang-up job as an artist. :/ Work work work work work, that's all I've been living and breathing for many, many moons now. Blargh. You know what they say about all work and no play... o__O; Yup. I'm right there, at the mouth of madness, mostly as the reduction in my workload I had hoped to achieve this year did not happen, it actually, in fact, doubled, but I must make the reduction happen this year; my sanity depends upon it. What good is all manner of filthy lucre when one's artistic soul has become a dried and shriveled tired bit of moldy useless matter? Bah.
And actually, drama aside, I did have a few small artistic highlights for the year; I've done a couple of little commissions and gifts that I tiredly haven't gotten around to posting on DA (but I will) and I'm currently illustrating a cute little book in between tons and tons of work, so that's good (I'll post those sketches once the author's permission has been received). Those few small things have keep the tiny artistic flame within from burning out completely, but boy do I need to carefully and intentionally fan the embers for 2017 lest they grow completely cold and dead. I want to become a roaring artistic bonfire once again... heck, at this point, even a nice, small-sized campfire would do!
I urge you, my dear fellow Artists, if you are reading this and feel you are in the same exhausted boat, keep bailing. We artists must keep striving, despite the wretched tidal wave called Life that threatens to overwhelm our little artistic boats and capsize us at any moment. Keep bailing, my fine friends, keep bailing! We must prevail. ART must prevail!
"Per aspera ad astra."
2017, you'd better bring better things, damn it.
Listening to: NPR
Eating: anything with cheese
Drinking: Sour American Wild Ales