It’s hard for me to believe that 4 years ago – at the start of 2014 – I made a New Year’s Resolution to be creative. Before that I was creative off and on, often while taking a class, but never consistently. I wanted to be creative on a regular basis and find what interested me. I was open to any type of creativity, exploring was going to be part of the fun. I thought I might get into furniture refinishing.
Starting this blog, that I called “my creative resolution,” was to hold myself accountable – even if no one was reading. Although there have been ups and downs, and at times I even thought of stopping – this blog and regular creativity have brought tremendous joy to my life. I pushed myself to complete things, and achieve goals that I never would have without it. I’ve always found that the periods right after thinking about stopping, were hugely productive and creative.
That first year, I started with acrylics, but quickly went back to watercolors, realizing how much I love painting in watercolor. I love that you can’t fully control the results and have to go with the flow. Even though I’ve tried other mediums, watercolor is definitely my medium.
I started 2017 with the project of “painting the beach.” The beach has always been a special place to me – I grew up in a beach town, played there, worked there, and now live just 15 minutes away. As I started to have success with capturing the water, I felt I had found my thing. For most of the year I concentrated on painting the ocean and will continue this in 2018. You can see many of my ocean watercolors and purchase prints at shop.eileenmckenna.com. Take a peek!
As I begin the 5th year of my creative resolution – I’m excited and hopeful. I know that when you put in the time and work amazing things are possible! Happy New Year!
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9 thoughts on “A New Year’s Resolution – Heading into Year 5!”
Wow, kudos to keeping alive a 4 year old resolution, love what you have done with the blog so far. Keep at it :))
Thank you so much! I appreciate hearing that 😊
GJ! Have a happy new year :))
Happy New Year, Eileen and thanks for sharing your beautiful art work. I’ll look forward to the new year’s wonderful creations.
Thanks so much Sharon! And I look forward to yours 😀
Eileen, I’ve so enjoyed following your journey thus far, and your ocean paintings are so awesome! Even though I don’t always comment, I read your newsletter each and every month and look forward to the next issue! 😘
Aw thanks Carol! That’s so nice to hear 😊
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