I really hate New Year’s resolutions. For me, they just amount to one more reason to feel like a loser in February, when I’ve only made it to the gym twice instead of daily. (I know you know what I’m talking about!)
|Photo from the I Hate Cigarettes page on Facebook – but I don’t recommend the page. Gross, crude humor. This was funny, though.|
Instead, I choose a single word every year that represents some aspect of my character I want to develop, and then I make plans and decisions based on how each applies to my one word. I’m still praying about what my word should be for 2014, but I think a similar approach to my creative work makes sense. There are a lot of skills I need to keep current, but what is the one technique I want to focus on developing and improving in the next year?
I’ve written before about artists who are inspiring to me, but I recently discovered another artist whose work with liquid enamels is mind-blowing.
Ken Bova has been experimenting with liquid enamels for several years now – and he has limited himself to using primarily white liquid enamel. Yet he gets an amazing range of colors out of that single element, by overfiring, direct firing, and scratching back to bare metal so he can use its oxidation as a design element. It’s an intriguing approach: pick one color and test that color to its limits.