2013 – Happy New Year!

I wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year! In celebration of it I did this little painting of a New Year’s Baby, inspired by Leyendecker’s wonderful covers for the Saturday Evening Post.

My newsletter for Jan 1st sums up my thoughts and wishes for the coming year. Commonly I will not repost my newsletters as a blog post, however as the turn of a year is a significant event, I hope you will forgive me for doing it this one time:

Tonight we bid 2012 goodbye and 2013 hello.

2012 was an amazing year for me. It was the first year my husband and I spent in our new apartment; we had our one year wedding anniversary, my artwork improved immensely, I got to attend my first conventions as a professional artist, my freelance career finally started to take off and I received my green card. A great year indeed, that has left me excited for what is going to happen next.

On this New Year’e Eve I have a wish based on things I took to heart during 2012.

I hope that 2013 will be a wonderful year for you, I hope you will have many new experiences, that you will love and be loved, I hope you will learn valuable lessons and grow as a person. I hope that you will take a step closer towards your dreams, but mostly I hope that you will stay true to your own work.

It is so easy to be swallowed by the amazement of the work of others, and to turn in distress or even disdain towards your own. Maybe you do not feel it matched up to par with that of others, maybe it didn’t have the impact you hoped for, maybe it just isn’t as good as you wanted it to be.

Don’t let this discourage you. Skills need to be honed and only through practice can they become so. Keep in mind your work already has a very unique property; it is YOUR work and only YOU can do it. Only you can say what you want to say, that is your gift to the world and if you stay true to it; if you stick to it and do not give up on it, it will reward you for the effort. Effort is the key here, nothing comes of nothing and you have to make an effort.

There are a thousand inspirational and motivational quotes out there, there are an endless amount of tutorials and advice but when you strip it all down, there is only one thing left: You have to DO it. As Nike says: Just do it. That is the essential.

So in 2013 – Be true to your work and just do it.

Make it a great year!

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Kiri Østergaard Leonard

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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