Dreams, Goals, Resolutions, Reality

Nights will be dark but days will be light, wish your life to be always bright - Happy New Year. 2016 is just about relegated to the dustbin of history. A new year is on the horizon and for many of us, we set about making our yearly New Year Resolutions - lose weight, eat healthy, exercise or learn a new skill. I have been thinking about goal setting for the new year. Like you, I have set resolutions in the past - usually vague, generalized statements about making some major change with no idea of how I was going to make it happen. So most of the time, those goals fall by the wayside in a week or so. I can see many of you nodding your heads. I am looking at 2017 as a year to challenge myse

Looking Back - Looking Forward

Reflecting on 2016 I've always been told time goes faster as you get older, but this year seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye. Although there are still a couple of weeks until 2017, I have been thinking of where I have been artistically and where I want to go for the next year. Of course, one can't look forward without looking back and reflecting on what has happened over the past year and how it has influenced (or not) one's art. In my case, looking back means digging through my memory to remember everything I have done. (Note to self - write down my goals at the beginning so I will have a checklist at the end). So I thought I would share some of the highlights of my artsy journey

We're Not Going to Like All Of Our Paintings

This morning in my email, I received a blog post from artist Nancy Hillis where she talks about finishing a painting and the struggle we artists go through in knowing when our painting is finished. Within her newsletter she discusses the internal critic that rises up to tell us we aren't good enough, that we need to cover up those marks we made, that we should just stop painting. That internal predator, as she relates the inner critic to, undermines confidence and plays havoc with our artistic process. This hit home with me, as it is something I struggle with, especially as I work on my latest paintings. Sometimes I think we stand so close to the painting that we lose focus of the whole. We

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Donna Hanson Artworks

Camrose, Alberta, Canada

Phone: 403-715-7665

Email: donnahansonartworks@gmail.com

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