new year

I'm no good with resolutions, but I do like to write goals down in my sketchbook (and my Wunderlist app) to keep me on track of all the insane amount of things I want to do. I had a post awhile ago about things I wanted to do when I turned 27. This included things like camping, stargazing, studying other planets, learning to identify plants, skinny-dip, etc. I think I've done maybe half the list, but hey, between a few moves and living with someone in grad school it's pretty difficult to do things as simple as camping. But nonetheless, I'm very pro-list and like having a visual to check in on. So to add to my list of goals with no particular timeline in mind, here's some new things I'm interested in!

- Explore Hamilton pool

- Campout in hill country

- Apply to more retail shops

- Learn about alchemy 

- Sketch/paint outside

- Learn more about ancient Egypt

- Learn more about the stars

- Catch up on Game of Thrones books

- Watch the X-Files (I've had a crush on David Duchovny since I was 13)

- More bike rides

- Eat foods I can't pronounce 

- More sunrises/sunsets

- Sleep in a treehouse

- Eat outside

- Visit Arizona & Utah

- Continue watching documentaries 

- Stand behind a waterfall

There's more, but if I added all of them it would probably be incredibly boring and super long. ;) Hope you all are having a lovely new year! It's fun to start writing 2015 on new paintings. This year will be crazy but I'm kind of excited about it. 






So I turned 26 the other day.  It's weird being closer to 30 than to 20, but oddly enough I think I'm okay with that.  

I wanted to make a little list of 27 things to do before I turn 27…I've made lists like this in the past and it's fun to just look back and see what was important to you a certain time in your life.  For instance when I did a 25 before 25 I wrote things like: play on a beach at midnight, go to Europe, do a daily art journal, get a tattoo, read more classics, etc.  Never got the tattoo, but the rest I did (although I could read more).  

I don't really plan to have them all checked off, but it will be nice to keep up with them as a goal reminder.  




1. Campout on a beach and watch the sunrise.

2. Stargaze. (So simple yet how often do we really do this? Not enough). 

3. Apply to more juried shows and get into at least two.

4. Experiment more with oil on wood. 

5. Spend an entire weekend without social media.

6.  Watch at least 5 documentaries. 

7.  Be able to identify at least a few trees & plants (knowing the correct names).

8.  Visit at least one new state.

9.  Learn more about other planets. 

10.  Send more handwritten letters and less Facebook messages.  REAL birthday cards.

11.  Go to at least two museums.

12.  Read all of the LOTR books.

13.  Explore more of Houston. 

14.  Explore more of the west end of Galveston.

15.  Sketch/paint outside.

16.  Eat less bread & less sugar. 

17.  Skinnydip.

18.  Paint more portraits.

19.  Actually read the books on my bookshelf. 

20.  Learn more about screen printing.

21.  Learn more about cultures/species and their rituals.

22.  More candid photos.

23.  More home videos.

24.  Expand my shop.

25.  Play in the rain.

26.  Do things for others without expecting anything in return.

27.  Support local shops/restaurants.