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30 December 2011

Paint Party Friday - Week 42 - Word of the Year for 2012 = CONNECT

I have been thinking about the New Year, 2012, arriving imminently. I usually like to take time between Christmas and New Years to think and plan - though this year I am WAY behind! 

A few years ago I discovered the idea of the "Word of the Year" through a post by Christine Kane and the idea resonated with me. Instead of resolutions, the idea  is to choose a word to guide your year.

My first try was FLOURISH. Not sure that that one worked well. My second try was CREATE in 2010 and Wow! I created more that year than I ever have in my life. I joined Creative Every Day and I did create every day - filling 4+ blank books with drawing and paintings. 

2011 was PROPEL and I did take actions that helped to propel me, and in some cases other people, forward. In many ways, it was business related but not in all ways. Paint Party Friday arose partly because of this word. We hoped it would propel us forward in our painting efforts and it sure has helped me (and I hope others, too)!

For 2012 I have chosen CONNECT. I want to connect with people, my city*, my work, my passions and myself. As with last year, I wanted to paint an image that in some way reflected my WotY (Word of the Year). This was one of the ideas that came to mind...

CONNECT 2012

It makes me think of how all the circles in my life connect to me and to each other... 

I didn't expect to have anything painted for PPF this week but now I do! 

I will try and visit everyone over the weekend but it is still busy so maybe I will see you "Next Year"! Have a great New Year's celebration and all the best to you in 2012!

* more about this project later...

33 comments:

  1. I love your word and your painting, I've also picked a word for the year. Happy 2012!

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  2. WOnderful Painting and a great word choice for 2012! Happy New Year! ~Happy Paint Party Friday! #2 Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

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  3. nice intersecting circles and it does make me feel ike ...we are all connected somehow. the world is getting smaller every year. lets all stay connected


    my word is....."Excitement"

    sad to say I don't have a very exciting life but I hope for more good old excitement !
    - KAT -

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  4. Connect is a great word. Mine for 2011 was publish. I'll be writing about that tomorrow... (gotta get you to come 'connect' with me again tomorrow!!).

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  5. The circles are a great image for connect! Your propel with Paint Party Friday also propelled me - so thank you!!!!!

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  6. What a great word, my words on my blog too.... Balance! Your circles illustrate your word soooo well!

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  7. Great choice of words!!! I also love the painting...my word for 2012 is "Forgiveness"

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  8. Happy 2012, we continue to find every Friday?....

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  9. I love having a word as my companion as well. wishing you a lovely time with connect!

    your connecting circles are wonderful!

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  10. Great way to look at life and you painting captures it perfectly.
    Happy 2012
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  11. What a great word and I love the connectivity of circles. Very nice Eva. Yes, your propel work has certainly propelled me this year. I've painted more than I ever have in my life, thanks to PPF and it's hostess Eva and Kristin. Happy New Year Eva to you and yours. I haven't thought of a word because when I do, I don't usually stick to it. Tee hee. enjoy your new year celebration. We, husband and I stay home and make our plans together. I'm making fondue for new years.

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  12. I love Connect as a word and the idea of a word instead of a resolution is a cracker.... for me I think it would be embrace... I am going to just embrace everything that comes my way... good and bad... thanks for letting me off the hook for resolutions!!! Like your idea much better...xx

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  13. You and Kristin have certainly propelled me this year, so that word choice was brilliant. Now you have got me thinking about choosing a word for myself...

    Great painting, I love interconnected circles, they are magical.

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  14. such a beautiful entry, Eva. Thanks so much for you and Kristin's effort. You guys have definitely help propel us forward with our painting efforts. I love your word connect and that is exactly what I aim for next year too. Great painting. Happy 2012!

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  15. Good word. We all should aim ai it for the next year.
    Happy 2012!!

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  16. Happy New Year! Love "propel", will put it in my 2013 list. :D For 2012 I chose "expansive". Let´s see where our words take us. :)

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  17. Love the connecting circles, Eva. They are bright and colorful. Faye

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  18. Propel--that was a great word, so powerful. Connect will be a great word, too. I think that connection is the essence of what we really want in this life, so you will have a great adventure with it. Love your blog. Now following. Thanks for leaving a comment on mine.

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  19. Am here from Marcia's blog. LOVE your word. And I LOVE your painting. Wishing you a 2012 filled to the brim with connection.
    x

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  20. That's a great word to go by. :) And the painting fits perfectly.

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  21. Lovely colors and concept of 'connect' ~ thanks, namaste, Carol ^_^

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  22. Eva, thanks for linking up!

    I love your word - connection is one of my top values :) and of course your 2010 word is my 2012 one lol

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  23. Excellent word, and excellent art!!
    Happy New Year!
    xxDaniella

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  24. What a great choice EVA! And I enjoyed reading how your previous chosen words affected the years prior. Let hope for good connections this year (hmmmm...I just noticed how your background is all connected too with the stars in the constellations!)

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  25. Happy New Year Eva! I love the word you've picked. I also really love your painting. It is symbolic, with all the circles touching each other but changing their color. It sort of represents how when you connect with another person, it changes you both. Very nice!

    xx Jaime

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  26. Great word and great painting! I agree with Jaime about them touching each other but changing color. I think of those overlaps are a great representation of the relationships we form with people. Nice job!

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  27. Happy New Year Eva! I LOVE LOVE this post! Very profound and the artwork is perfect for the mantra: Connect. Connecting with one another and supporting each other in our artistic pursuits is very important. Thank you for this lovely post.

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  28. I love this post, EVA... So beautifully said (and your painting is a wonderful illustration of the sentiment). Our conversation the other day inspired me to choose a "Word of the Year" too :)

    xo
    Kristin

    p.s. I loooove the new blog look - How perfect!

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  29. I had to have two words:New Delights.I'm starting this journal very soon :)

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  30. Hi Eva and Thanks for visiting and being one of the founders of PPF. I like the word "connect" and then I saw your painting and I was "connected" in more ways than you know. I've been doodling, seeing and drawing circles within circles for a while now, even when I texture with modeling paste, its circles within circles -- overlapping etc. You are stretching the limits my friend, you are increasing your sphere of influence and your realm of atmosphere; soon because of your openness to creativity and no boundaries on your blog or on PPF, all areas in these arenas in your life are overlapping - and "connect" is quite the word and have you noticed that all your words are "action" words (another story) -- You are attracting to you those meant to be in your sphere of influence. I think "to be determined" was the intended name of your blog from the beginning -- again -- isn't it all to be determined and once in another scope or sphere when we think we have all the answers; along comes another sphere (circle) that overlaps or connects. Lovely, great conceptual-ity and inspiration Blessings Terri www.morningdewdrops.typapad.com

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  31. This is a great word!! Wishing you a wonderful 2012 ;)

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  32. Word of the Year is new to me this year--it's interesting to read about how your words of past years turned out! Happy new year; wishing you blessings in all your "connections!"

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  33. Your word, Propel, has helped me to connect this past year. I love the PPF! Wonderful new header, BTW!

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