Merry Merry

2015 is right around the corner. I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by. I’ve never been busier and more energized about life; my brain is like fireworks! Creatively, I have a lot to be proud of. I took on many new studio challenges, including broadening my fine art portfolio. I worked larger than I ever have before, creating paintings bigger than me, and combated fears and doubts I had about myself as an artist. On top of all this, I recovered from a broken wrist, and completed my first illustrated book to be published by one of the top children’s publishers in the country! I look back at the journey with humility, and am grateful for all the abilities I have.

Student teaching continues to amaze and inspire me every day. In my days off, I reflect back on what I see happening in classrooms, how students approach the assignments, and ways to challenge and encourage deep understandings. I’m proud to call myself an art educator, an artist, an illustrator, a crafter, a young adult making her way in the world. My thanks and appreciation go to all who I’ve met along my journey this year, and I look forward to the journeys to come in the following year.

I’ll end with a small sketch that I made during one of my commutes to work a few months back, reminding me to do what I always do without fear or judgement. I encourage you all to do the same.

Cheers,

Nicole

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