As part of my practice as an artist and a business person, periodically I work on clarifying my vision for myself in my life, my art and my business. This is a very creative approach for elucidating where I see myself going in future months and years. Part of this process is to create a vision board for myself using magazine collage and other art materials.
Sometimes I can find exactly what I am visualizing in a photograph or words that I cut out from the magazines. But other times they are a jumping off point for me and I add a great deal of writing.
This time I felt that my vision is going to be really big so I used a large piece of paper folded in thirds. This gave me a lot of space to really explore different areas. I found images of lots of people who I think of as my potential customers, either for my art, my teaching or both. It was fun to throw in a few celebrities who I think might love what I do.
After visiting Africa and seeing the lack of art supplies of any kind in the classrooms, I founded Arts For Africa, a non-profit under the umbrella of Books For Africa. This therefore, is a big part of my vision.
The next part had to do with a lot of soul searching. For the first time ever, I decided to pick a word for the year. This word is VULNERABLITY. I feel it is time for me to be seen in my most authentic way and that includes the bumps & warts. Sharing yourself with the world makes one very vulnerable to others’ responses, something I cannot control. Hence, my word. I also show where my focus will be in terms of goals and projects.
I have my vision board put up in my studio. It frequently inspires and motivates me. It’s there to help me stay on track.
Do you have a vision &/or vision board? I’d love if you would share it in the comments!