Last year my guiding word was cultivate, and I had grand plans about how and what I wanted to learn. It made for a very busy and interesting year, running between classes and trying new techniques. As much fun as that was, by the end of the year I was feeling a bit frazzled around the edges. I increasingly found myself like Dug, from the movie Up, distracted by squirrels, or in my case pretty colors.

So this year the word is focus. I want to take the most useful bits I learned last year and focus on how to incorporate them into my art. I need to focus on what is going to help me grow as an artist and not on the squirrels around me.

Except for that one squirrel that just might make it into the 2016 calendar.