Thursday, January 1, 2009


A shiny brand new year with all the possibilities started today. Last night our friends gathered together to see the old year out and the new year in. Most of us struggled to stay awake until midnight. Some of the guys played cards while others watched some never-ending football. Two groups of women played Mah Jong and 4 of us played Scrabble. I spent a little time drawing the Mahj game. I wanted to finish out the year with a drawing on the last day. My friends would kill me if they saw what I did. Kind of a fun drawing but not much for likeness of anybody. You can see the guys playing cards in the background.

Today I picked up my laptop and it still doesn't work! I am taking it back tomorrow. The "Genius" (that's what the Mac people call the tech guys) tried to fix it without replacing any parts but it didn't work. I am going to insist on a new antenna. In the meantime, I am limping along with my old machine. I am grateful I have it!

I took a few minutes out to reflect on my goals for the New Year. I don't believe in resolutions, just goal setting. Maybe it's the same thing but it has a different attitude! It is a good practice to sit down and really think about where you want to go and what you want to happen at least once a year. I create catagories like career, artistic and personal. They must be specific to be achieved. They must also be WRITTEN DOWN. I did this last year and then set the list aside. When I came across the list a few months ago, I was amazed at how many of the things on the list came about!

My artistic goals this year include drawing everyday for a minimum of 15 minutes, learning to hold an image in my mind's eye so I can draw accurately after someone has moved! Creating 2 serious paintings a month and trying at least one new technique or material once a month.

It's after 10 PM and I haven't done my first drawing of the year, yet. I guess I had better get busy!


meera said...

Happy New Year! I love the animation in the sketches

RHCarpenter said...

I see a very good potential painting out of this one, Myrna. And Happy New Year! Hope you succeed with all of your goals.

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Happy 2009 Myrna! I like your drawing; it's an interesting grouping of people. One of my highlights of 2008 was meeting you and Jerry. Robert and I hope you have a good year. Now, I better go write down my goals!

jane Ferguson said...

Once again Myrna thanks for sharing.I am really looking forward to you're doodlings in 2009.A very Happy New Year to you.I think I will try and join you on the 15 minute drawing challenge.

Maggie said...

Happy New Year! I agree that writing things down gives them substance and I plan to follow your lead. To go one step further, with behaviors [or baggage] I want to get rid of, I write out all my beliefs, feelings and perceptions about them, gather the pages and shed them to give the universe and myself the message that these no longer serve me. One could burn them, but we have spare the air days in California. The shredded material usually ends up in my compost--how fitting is that! Small actions with powerful effects.

Mike said...

Myrna . . I could write a book on the subject of goals, writing them and a focused mind . . .and their powers. If everyone knew of this magic, there would be no telling of what could be accomplished in this world!!!

As for your art, Keep on keepin' on! And . . .our love to you both!

Desiree said...

Happy new year, I, like you, prefer to set goals. I also catagorize them and write them down . I am visual plus would otherwise forget or lose focus. Looking forward to your blog this coming year

Deb said...

Hi Myrna,
I was given my first starter kit as a gift from Larry and am learning to paint at last! Naturally I thought of you immediately and will be following your blog. I am beginning with acrylics and just playing with color and brushes for now.
I hope that you and yours have a wonderful decade and beyond! Maybe I will see you at the gym? Debbie

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