January 8, 2014

I spent sometime recently choosing a word for the year. I am new at this. 2013 was the first time I ever chose a word, “imagine”. Well, to be honest, it was a year that took me to unimaginable places, it was the most amazing year of my life! Here is hoping that in 2014, “forward” will work the same magic. I worked with a friend of mine who, when the going got tough, used to say to me, “keep moving forward”! I often find myself stuck in a rut, sitting, thinking, fretting, feeling the fear of creating when truly, if I just kept moving forward, the creativity would consume me! That is what this year is about for me. It is about continuing to make art, creating everyday, moving past the fear, onward to forward!

That said, here I am blogging, which is something I never envisioned for myself. Apparently forward is working.

I did some painting yesterday and was very happy with the results.


While the fabric was still wet, I folded it and left it to dry. I’m loving all this rich texture before I even begin with the piece. I have an idea where this piece is leading me!

I hope your New Year is going great!. I would love to hear about your choice of a word for 2014!

Organized under Word of the year.

23 comments... (add a comment)

  1. Barbara

    That looks like leather! Awesome!

  2. Ooh! My word for this year is “clarity”! Looking forward to seeing what 2014 has in-store! Beautiful blog Amie! xxx

  3. amie

    Clarity, what a great choice, Nicola! Thanks for your kind words.

  4. Amie,

    This blog post is so beautiful, just like you and your work! It left me thinking about what my word is. I have heard people talk about their word for 2014 but for some reason it never clicked until now! My word for 2014 is “Perseverance”. Thanks to my beautiful friend I am celebrating the journey I have been on since November through the fear around trying something new, and staying at it. I am going to use “my” word to inspire me during the times when I am feeling a little less courageous to just keep at it!
    Love to you and Congrats on being brave! What an inspiration to others to go for it!

  5. amie

    Oh Jeanette! I thank you for the beautiful words. Perseverance is a word that will continue to help you keep moving forward! Let’s make 2014 the year to celebrate pushing through that fear! Thanks again, my friend!

  6. Kim

    YAY for “forward!” I choose “move” as my word for this year… and am hoping it is forward 😉

    Beautiful texture you created! I love it!

  7. amie

    Thank you for your comments Kim. I like your choice of move and I am hoping it is all forward for you too!

  8. Wow, Amie. Very nice! And, congrats on your blog!

  9. Forward is a wonderful direction to be heading, Amie. So glad to be here to witness your very first post in what I assume will be many more to come! xo

  10. Here’s to new beginnings, new blogs, and new words! My word for 2014 is “unfold”…so much potential, eh? Happy for you, Amie. And delighted to call you friend!

  11. Congratulations on writing your very first blog post and for moving forward into 2014!

  12. Hi, Amie. Your site looks beautiful. Congratulations. My word for 2014 is “complete”. You inspire me to write about it for my blog. thank you!

  13. amie

    Thank you Patricia. I am watching for your blog post and looking forward to all that you complete in 2014!

  14. Beth

    forward…I love it. I feel its movement, it’s energy, momentum. Perfect, Amie. I love the rich color and texture of your painting. Beautiful!

  15. amie

    Thank you Beth!! Loving your description, somethings I hadn’t thought of which are now inspiring me even more in a forward motion!

  16. Love your work and your BLOG! It is an exciting first isn’t it? My work is Speak which is a scary word for me but I feel it is the right word for me this year. Looking forward to your year of ‘forward’!

  17. amie

    Oh Tami, it is so very exciting!! I’m going to be listening for you, because I love what you speak!

  18. denise

    So very happy for you Amie!Your work has taken my breath away and now we get to hear your voice! I love it~all of it! My word is “MORE” this being the first time in my life I have chosen a word for my goal instead of a physical challenge for myself. I think of losing weight first and the clean out the closest and such~~but this year things seem clearer to me on what is good for my soul and MORE feels right. More learning, more reading. MORE ART~yes that feels really lovely…making it, seeing it, chasing after ART! MORE LOVE ~more time to visit blogs and to go out with friends~I may not go down in size but my heart will be full with so much more! I look FORWARD to hearing more of your voice and seeing your art her and on instagram!!! LOVE~ Denise

    • amie

      Oh Denise! Your kind words are appreciated. I’m feeling so much excitement for you! More is such a perfect choice. Last year was my fist year choosing a word for the year and it made all the difference. Resolutions can become very discouraging in a short time, but your word stays with you, constantly in the back of your mind, reminding you of what you want and not what you should or shouldn’t be doing!!! So to you, more of everything you love, more of your hearts desire and especaially MORE ART!

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