My word for 2018: Learn

Instead of setting a long list of “resolutions” this year (because we all know what happens to those), I’ve decided to choose one word that will be my inspiration for the year ahead. My word is “learn.”

I plan to learn as much as I can in as many aspects of my life as I can: new Zumba choreography for my classes; new techniques that will push my art forward and help me provide fresh inspiration in my art classes; new skills that will improve my full-time work as a communications professional.

I’ve already learned something from trying out a new approach in creating the tissue paper artwork that you see here. The lesson is: When something isn’t working the way you thought it would, don’t give up, keep trying, go back, rethink, redo, keep going.

I think this applies to everything I do in the studio and in life in general—and it is a lesson I need to learn over and over.

Happy New Year! Do you have a word for the year?

Published by creationsbycoleman

I have been painting and drawing since childhood. I paint mainly acrylic works in a traditional style that is sometimes representative and other times impressionistic. I love bold, bright colors, but also explore softer tones in my work. Often I incorporate African design in paintings or play with symbols to create a personal language. I also design and make beaded jewelry and create greeting cards that are works of art that can be framed. My work has been exhibited in the Boston area, and I have been featured on HGTV’s “That’s Clever!’’ making handmade cards.

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