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2012 Projects

Halfway through 2012, everything in my world changed. My Fiancé, Andrew, died in a helicopter crash while working up in Washington state as a contract pilot. Devastating. I tried to go back to my ordinary life, but it felt wrong. It did not honor him. To honor him meant to live my life with passion the way he did. He faced the biggest fear of all to do what he loved, so suddenly “fear” just wasn’t a good enough reason to not follow my dreams anymore.

So here I am, a few months past the accident, and beginning slowly to recover. Against the advise of stodgy old books about grief that tell you to “make no major changes for a year after major loss” I quit my job as a web designer in the corporate world, moved down to central Texas, and took a part time job at an art gallery. The rest of my time I spend making art, exploring galleries and antique shops, meeting new creative people, and allowing the universe to provide me with a new direction. Each day brings new creative wonder and opportunity – and this journey has already been incredibly healing. I’m finding that when you really just let go, the universe does indeed provide you with everything you needed to get to tomorrow.

While I also write a blog about my journey of healing, I will be sharing the creative-specific aspects of that journey here too. I hope one day that will mean sharing with you the grand opening of my very own art gallery.

Barn Ceiling Photo Series
Another side project that I began a few years ago and want to try and continue this year is my barn photo series…

The plan is to do a full series of barn ceilings like the two below. The style I am referencing is that of what you might see for an elegant cathedral. I have always loved the idea of rescuing old things, which is why I suppose this exalted feeling within an ordinary, forgotten space appeals to me so much. I will also be taking supporting shots of ranches and farms I visit to further tell the story of farm and ranch life. I’m definitely open to how it will grow and evolve. I don’t have an end date for this project, as I will be likely working on it slowly over the years as just an enjoyable past time, but I hope to get at least a few locations shot this year.


12 Comments Post a comment
  1. What a great idea. Good for you for following through with all your creativity! So inspiring!

    Friday, January 27, 2012
    • Thank you thank you! Just checked out your blog – Colorado! Yup jealous! ;) Wonderful blog so full of life!

      Sunday, January 29, 2012
  2. Very Cool! Peace and Harmony, Sallyjane

    Friday, January 27, 2012
  3. What a fantastic project! I did a metal art course which covered welding, forge, and other stuff – I LOVED it! The first thing after I finish building my house this year is to create a welding shed and do metal sculpture. It’s addictive.

    Saturday, January 28, 2012
    • Yes I’m so excited. We have our second class tomorrow and will be learning to weld. First class we did torch cutting and I was already hooked. I definitely hope you get that shed up soon!! Thanks for reading =)

      Sunday, January 29, 2012
  4. Brittany Stigler #

    This is such a cool way to stay motivated! I just scanned through 2011 and loved it.

    The barn ceiling idea is particularly intriguing.

    Good luck!

    Saturday, January 28, 2012
  5. project1979 #

    Thank you for your blog! I am glad to have extra inspiration and to know that all of us artists have slumps at times. Keep up the great work :)

    Sunday, January 29, 2012
  6. Love this idea! What a wonderful way to stay motivated creatively.

    Sunday, January 29, 2012
  7. haleyms #

    I really like this! I’m doing something similar to that this year only I’m going beyond just arts and crafts, although they do take a significant portion of it. I’m glad there are more project people out there!

    Sunday, January 29, 2012
    • How fun! Do you have a blog about your adventures?? I would love to check it out! =)

      Monday, January 30, 2012
  8. Alison #

    Wow! You have incredible talent and internal motivation. I hope you have lots of external motivation, too, so you can keep sharing your wonderful words, images and productw with the world, Sarah!

    Friday, May 11, 2012

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