Goals!!! I like to think everyone has them, and I believe they are a tool for growth and creating your dreams. Goals are how I choose to live my life by – Not resolutions as I find them easier to stick to, of course this is just me….
As we come to the end of the first month of a new year, I have been working hard to put my goals in a row to be accomplished. Cramming in two online courses and three workshops on health & nutrition, and the science of exercise. All subjects I am very passionate about, considering that one of my goals this year is to focus on being the healthiest and strongest me possible. I am happy to say I have completed these courses and I have learned a lot. I will continue to learn as much as I can on these subjects throughout 2018. I also decided to start two personal 365-day challenges that include creating my first sketchbook and continuing to learn and practice tarot card reading. I hope to be confident enough to offer readings to the public and my friends. I start my day by pulling and reading a tarot card and practice my intuition on its meaning and then do a sketch inspired by that day’s reading. I am really enjoying this learning process and actually look forward to my daily practice as soon as I get up in the mornings. This challenge is also helping me slowly build my new art installation “Wink!!!” which I will share with the world in 2019. I am also trying my hand at some new mediums this year that include spinning wool and weaving. There are some exciting times ahead for me with the announcement and confirmation of two art shows I will curate and participate in this summer! One is a collaboration with my art student Nola which will be held at The Co-op Cafe during the last two weeks of August, and the other being the annual members show at our local gallery on Cortes Island. I will share more on these topics in the future as they come to fruition. Continuing on my project to grow into the healthiest version of myself, I am also super stoked about my upcoming Pilates Retreat in Costa Rica in March. So there you have some of the goals I plan to accomplish in 2018. What are your goals this year? Curious minds want to know ; ) I always find it very helpful to share my goals with others in some way as it puts solidifies them by putting them in stone, and hopefully your friends and family, or your network can help you stay focused and encourage you. I look forward to sharing the progress of my goals as they grow and wish you much success with yours. xoxo Laura
Over the course of 2017, I had the opportunity of viewing the sketchbooks of some of the artists in my network and I got really inspired!!! I have never worked out of a sketchbook but I saw many different ways to use one and felt it as another way for artists to Grow, experiment, and lock down ideas.
So I decided to start my very first sketchbook in 2018! Since I have a thing about collections and I also love a challenge, I thought I would use my sketchbook to start a new body of work by doing one sketch a day for 365 days and see what I come up with, what I will learn, and what kind of Growth I will see in my art practice if I put my head down on a daily basis for a year.
I am currently on day 8 and I have already learned a lot! I am very excited about this experience and have started to look forward to my daily practice. My goal is to create a body of work to do my largest solo show in 2019 along with an art book to go with the collection called “Wink!!!” It’s super fun to watch the Growth of my sketchbook and I will share sneak peaks over the year, so stay tuned and I hope you will enjoy the process as much as I enjoy creating it. xoxo
I would like to take a moment to wish you all a wonderful Winter Solstice and much peace, abundance, and joy in 2018!!! However you choose to take a few moments out of your everyday life over the next two weeks to express your love and gratitude to your family and friends, I hope it is filled with good food, much laughter, and many special moments. Thank you for supporting my art, following my blog, and taking a moment to share, comment, or send me an email. I really do appreciate every single one of you more than I can say!
2017 was a bumpy year for many of us and the planet in general, even if just with the extreme weather around the world… and in my backyard! But it was also a successful year in many ways, and it is now drawing to an end. I, for one, am ready for the next chapter as there are so many new goals to be set and achieved, and many challenges to conquer. I feel like I accomplished a lot with my art this year thanks to all of you, and for this I am very grateful.
I have also faced personal challenges; as you may know I had to make the big decision of retiring from my career as a stylist/makeup artist due to physical issues. The last two months have in fact been very strange for me… for the last 32 years, the build-up to the holidays was always fully booked with hair cut appointments and I usually ran around like a crazy person… But not this year. I am taking advantage of this quiet time to sign off and spend some quality time with my loved ones, my zoo members, and in my art studio. I am focused on doing art in different mediums these days and I look forward to the results. I am pretty excited to share the future with you all and I invite you to check my website/blog every once in a while as I am planning an overhaul in the year. I’ll be back in the first week of 2018 to chat about my new goals! No resolutions for me this year!!!
Every year at this time I set new goals for myself. I am not sure why but it always feels like its the start of a new year to me!!! Maybe because of the rapid changes in the weather and Fashion Week being in full groove; maybe because as a farmer, you work from February to October starting from seed, planting, loving, harvesting, preserving for the winter, etc. Who knows? But this year is no different except that I’ve got some Disentangling to do… after a very productive year that saw me co-producing an art festival, attending workshops, taking online classes, curating for our local museum, vending at the farmer’s market, gardening my little butt off, teaching art sessions, exhibiting art installations, paddle boarding, learning and enjoying life… Wow! I just got tired from typing all that out hahahah… I sure am changing it up this year!!!
After a two-month hiatus from blogging, I realized how much I missed it, so one of the plans I am making for the coming year is to spend more time on my website (revamping and updating it, and creating an online store), over the last year, I have been learning more techniques and experimented with textile art – something I plan on continuing to explore starting with getting a spinning wheel, as well as working toward a new art installation (stay tuned to watch the progress!)
I was also gifted a text book this summer as an indefinite loan, which I am thrilled about reading and plan to study too: H.W. Janson’s second edition of History of Art (a topic I am really interested in but never studied).
So there you have it! This is me taking a step back, keeping it chill and disentangling a few goals. You see, about a week ago, I had no choice but to let go of some of my goals due to a flare-up in my wrists, neck and spine that has put me back in casts for the next few months. This has meant going at a slower pace, as well as regrouping to see what my new options are.. and of course, creating art! The future is looking up and the light is shining through. I dedicate the coming year to growth, expansion, and being the healthiest me possible. And I am excited! xoxo Laura
You may recall back in January when everyone was talking about resolutions, I spoke of some Goals I wanted to accomplish in 2017.
Well, I am happy to report one of my goals is alive and realized !!! It’s such a good feeling to have materialized this goal so soon in the year and it’s been so much fun creating and building my new Etsy store. At the moment, it features my wearable art such as my Bandanas and Wrist Art pieces. New items will often be added and soon my art dolls will also come grace my virtual store!
To visit my Etsy store, please click on the link below. I hope you enjoy your visit and feel free to share it with your friends. Thank you,
Everyone is talking about resolutions this time of year. Personally, I like to take the month of January to put some goals into action and prepare for new adventures on my horizon instead. I find that taking this kind of action in my life doesn’t bring on as much stress as the word “resolution” does – because we all know that life brings enough of that all on its own.
So here are some of my goals: Take more time to enjoy life to the fullest; continue to work towards being the strongest, healthiest and most energetic person I can be (which includes getting a handle on my smoking habit, and No! I did not say quit!); learn some new art techniques, and put as many smiles on as many faces around the world as possible through my art and this blog.
Now for the adventures part: I have a new art installation in the making called “Sense that Sin”; I have started a new venture called BalducciArt which is my newfound passion of creating in 3D through textile art – you will find a new page on my website just for them and will hear more about them in one of my posts… And as many of you might know, I have taken a position of co-producer with Expose Yourself (an art exhibition in Powell River) which is starting to shape up as a promising adventure you won’t want to miss! Stay tuned to get all the details as I will be sharing them as they unfold (or check out our website to learn how to SUBmit at https://eyexhibition.com).
On a more personal level, I am planning adventures at sea by spending as much time as possible exploring the water via boat and paddle board; I am determined to attend as many workshops as possible to keep exploring the infinite possibilities of art, and to take a trip somewhere with my sweetheart (in a plane) to deepen our common love of taking adventures together… and while I am at it, I will take this opportunity to share my philosophy for 2017: “It takes approximately 165 muscles to frown and only 6 to smile.” I know how I will choose to share my energy; do you?
It’s been a very exciting and busy time for me this summer, and still is now, into the fall. The garden we spent much of last spring working on has produced a wide variety of food to fill our freezer and cupboards with. We had the joy of welcoming a new family member into our home, Betty Boo, our now 4 month-old puppy. She has brought us tons of joy. I also had my first solo art show, Blackout!!!, and I’ve been very encouraged by the outcome. On oct 5th, I had the pleasure of being part of a large, group art show in New York City, right in Times Square. The Abbie Hoffman Society, my band, just finished recording our first album, which will be released later this fall, and we have a mini tour coming up, which I shall announce soon. Not bad for 6 months, if I do say so myself! But, it’s taken lots of hard work and dedication to get here.
I would also like to announce my new store on etsy, http://www.etsy.com/shop/laurabalducciart. It’s still in the very, very beginning stages, but I’m having a lot of fun with it. I welcome everyone to please visit and revisit it, spread the word, and please honestly comment! It’s all appreciated, I’m on a learning curve. So here’s a big thank you to everyone who has supported me in my efforts to share how there is art in everything.