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By Leslie Fandrich // Theme: Intentions // Category: Inspiring Ideas

Looking at the above graphic makes me ridiculously happy. It looks like everything I want to be and feel this year. It's filled with colors, people and ideas that inspire me. That ARE me. 

I pick a word and make a board to focus myself and give myself guidance and power when faced with a blank canvas or piece of paper. It is my intention for this year to be BOLD. 

Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed.
— Jean Anouilh
 Cindy Sherman, Untitled #85, 1981

 Cindy Sherman, Untitled #85, 1981

 Ariel Oblivion, a young photographer from Norway

 Ariel Oblivion, a young photographer from Norway


bold     /bōld/    adjective

  1. (of a person, action, or idea) showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous.

    "a bold attempt to solve the crisis"

    synonyms: daring, intrepid, brave, courageous, valiant, valorous, fearless, dauntless, audacious, daredevil
     

  2. (of a color or design) having a strong or vivid appearance.

    "a coat with bold polka dots"

    synonyms: striking, vivid, bright, strong, eye-catching, prominent, impactful

This word has been nudging me for a while. I've been working my way up to it. My confidence is growing and I am finding myself rediscovering parts of myself that I had hidden or buried or denied. I need to get back in touch with that intrepid girl that I was when I was young. I need to reconnect with my fearlessness and I need to take all that I was and bring it forward into the person I am now.

I might even get a new tattoo. The work of Xoïl, a tattooer at Needles Side Tattoo in France, is just stunning. I've never seen tattoos like this before and I'm very excited about the possibilities.

Bold is how I want to feel when I am writing and making art and I want it to remind me to go past the point of easy and comfortable, to take a risk, to try something new.

LiveLoveStudio on Etsy, $20 print

LiveLoveStudio on Etsy, $20 print

 The bold scarf designs of Vera Neumann

 The bold scarf designs of Vera Neumann

 Gesture drawing by Jaime Treadwell

 Gesture drawing by Jaime Treadwell

 Gail Ragains, Abstract Figures, 2009

 Gail Ragains, Abstract Figures, 2009

For full size images, descriptions of what each image means to me, and all the sources please visit my Pinterest board

Last year's word was Focus and I made my board by hand using magazines and glue. The year before that my word was Endeavor and I made my first board in Karen's Pathfinder course. This year though, I was really happy to create my board digitally in Pinterest and I'm going back to my advertising days and calling it a MOOD board.

Pinterest allowed me to go a little deeper with my selections, rather than just choosing images that meant something to me, I was also able to include articles, descriptions and ideas that I will be delving into this year. It also lets me share more easily with you! Feel free to repin any of these images that speak to you.

I encourage you to make your own board! Choose whatever method works the best for you, just make sure that when you look at it, you feel happy and inspired.

xo

PS. The post that I had promised for today, an interview with Janet Howard and a peek inside her studio, will be published next week!