and here we are


a bright shiny new year
a clean canvas
a new start, maybe?
I remain hopeful

I never make resolutions, I’m not into choosing a word for the year
but I came across this letter recently (thank you, Shawna), written by Sol Lewitt to the artist, Eva Hesse
I think it could apply to any type of artist –

“Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping, confusing, itching, scratching, mumbling, bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, numbling, rumbling, gambling, tumbling, scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning, horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eyeing, back-scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding, grinding, grinding away at yourself. Stop it and just DO!
…If you fear, make it work for you – draw & paint your fear and anxiety. And stop worrying about big, deep things such as “to decide on a purpose and way of life, a consistant [sic] approach to even some impossible end or even an imagined end.” You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to DO!”

“Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world. If you fear, make it work for you – draw & paint your fear and anxiety…”

“Just do”
my new mantra for 2016

Happy New Year!

28 thoughts on “and here we are

  1. Great post for an awesome start of the new year. I choose 3 words for the year. One for family, my art and me. It’s a fun process, and I spend time reflecting, too. Happy New Year!

  2. The letter brings me back to the time when I used to worry about rhyming in poems, It’s so cleverly written too! I love how it flows and the truth within 🙂

  3. This sounds fantastic, Susan!
    I can see it as having limitless possibilities.

    I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and I wish you a bright and beautiful New Year.

  4. Love the words, they were actually fun to run my mouth around. I don’t make resolutions anymore either and this year I’m thinking I don’t want “one word”…I pick it and then forget what it is…but I do write a list of intentions, just to keep me on the straight and narrow when I start to falter. My first intention is to get out of this slump that I’m in…so maybe I’ll go write that list.
    I love your beautiful photo with those rich, golden tones…

  5. “Just do” sounds like great advice! Such a gorgeous image, Susan. I want to embrace that light and fill myself up with it and I would feel quite magical!
    I hope your new year will be full of such beauty and that you will capture that to share with us all!

  6. I don’t do resolutions and haven’t chosen a word-for-the-year either but I must say, I do love your “just do”. I don’t have grand plans for the year but will be embarking upon a few slight changes. I suppose if I were to try and choose a word that conveys the types of changes I’m incorporating it might be most closely related to “stories”.
    Anyway, I love the light in this photo, as I do in all your gorgeous images — you are a master with light.

  7. first of all, the just love the photo…so much that I thought I already posted here…but my name is missing. That is a beautiful mantra to take on for the year Susan. I am not into a word either and actually if I were to pick one I think it would be Flow…because this year I just want to take the stress off and go with the flow…but I’m not claiming it for my word…just thinking on it…
    I wish you the best this year…I know there are thoughts running around in your head of all the things you will do…just enjoy every moment…xo

  8. That’s me: “You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty.” I don’t have to practice, though! 🙂

      1. You’re right. I was being unnaturally humble. I am smart, an intellectual, really, and have yet to find my equal. 🙂

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