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New Beginnings butterfly on heart filled with flowers

‘New Beginnings’
Coloured Ink Pens in my Visual Diary
Created: 23/12/2013
Artist: Selina Shapland

Well, it’s that time of year again.  The time to reflect on what we have achieved and what we might want to achieve in the coming year of 2014.

2013 has been a pretty good year for me.  I have created a lot of arty stuff including drawings, some paintings and jewellery.

I met the man of my dreams and now have a lovely relationship with him.  He works with animals and cares for the wildlife at a local zoo in Australia.  So, thanks 2013 for finally bringing him into my life.  I’ve been waiting for at least 3 years to meet this guy, probably a whole lot longer, but it was worth the wait.

So, my drawings are very reflective of the love I find myself soaking up at this point in time.  I do love this part of ‘falling in love’ with someone.  It’s that time when there are many new beginnings which seems appropriate, given that the world is about to transition into another new year.  My drawings are beginning to fill with flowers and love hearts, white space and colours that speak to me on a deep level.  I like the simplicity of what I have been doodling lately and I look forward to seeing where this type of doodling will go.

I don’t know if I have mentioned my keen interest in creative writing, but I do have one.  The problem I have is that I seem to block myself from taking the ideas that I want to develop into a story and putting it down in a written form.  I’m pretty good at reflective writing, but when it comes to writing from a Character’s point of view… well, I seem to have creative constipation.  It surely can’t be just me, can it?

So, 2014 is my year to explore my creative writing side a little more thoroughly.  I hope to find the key that will unlock the creative fictional secrets of my heart so that I can write something, anything, even if it is complete crap.  That would be way better than driving myself slowly insane wondering how to write something good.

Ocean of Flowers in a yin yang style drawing

‘Ocean of Flowers’
Coloured Ink pens in my Visual Diary
Created: 26/12/2013
Artist: Selina Shapland

So, here’s to new beginnings.  New goals to take baby steps towards achieving in 2014.  I want to develop my creative writing and have enrolled in a mini-creative writing course to run mid-January 2014 and I am jotting down little ideas in my journal on a daily basis, even if they are random and cliche – hey, I have got to start somewhere, don’t I?

The thing about cliche ideas is that I think they can be a jumping off point rather than something for me to get stuck in.  It’s a bit like the art scene… sometimes you see the same style of art over and over again, or even with some actors, they seem to act the same no matter how different their characters or the story lines are.  Yet there are many stories, actors and artists out there that consistently reinvent themselves and spin something new from an old and overused cliche that freshens things up for us.

I think I might be rambling here.  Maybe it was too much Christmas Cheer yesterday and food, oh the food… I think 2014 will see me hitting the gym on a regular basis to work off my newly acquired ‘life style’.  I say that while rubbing my pudding tummy!

Hope you are having a fabulous holiday season and are spoilt with love, presents and good food.

May the in-between spaces of transitioning from the old year to the new year bring you deep reflections that see you achieve your personal dreams and become all that you can be in life!