A while ago I had an idea for a pattern.
I don’t remember exactly what triggered it, but I thought it would come out cool and I was thinking about it ever since. It’s one of those patterns that I want to make for no particular reason other than to see how it would turn out.
I find myself sometimes wondering if I am going in too many directions at one time. Then – sometimes only hours (or minutes) later on, I think of something else that I want to try or another new technique, theme or medium to work in and once again wish for more hours in the day.
Many of my designs are driven by deadlines, seasons and requests. In most ways that is a good thing, as it helps keep me on track and on a certain time table and helps me set and achieve my goals. But there are times when the projects that I am thinking about don’t fit into these categories and I have trouble making the time for me to develop them. They go from year to year living only in my thoughts and sometimes it is frustrating because it just never seems to be the right time to make them into reality.
I don’t usually believe in “New Year’s Resolutions”, but I do believe in setting goals for yourself no matter what time of year it is. When we bring in the new year, it may seem more significant because many view the new year as a time for starting fresh and making new commitments to ourselves to better our lives in some way.
I look at my past year and I am happy. Our little company continues to grow and we are doing well. We had some sad times throughout the year as well, but for the most part things moved in a positive direction and we are pleased with our progress.
But I do believe that part of being successful is to continually set higher goals for yourself and to keep challenging yourself to improve.
So with those thoughts in mind, I am working on this pattern “just because.”
The more I think about it, the more I like it. I can think of probably ten or more new designs right off the bat that can fall into the “Just Because” category. They are patterns that I will do “for no other reason than because I want to.” It won’t matter to me if they really sell or not. They will be there for those who enjoy them. But the main reason I am making them is “just because” I like the idea. And that is good enough for me.
So here is a quick sneak preview of what I have drawn:
You can see they are dancers. They are going to be pretty cool though, as I have some nice ideas for them that I hope you will like.
I like my idea of “just because” designs. It will keep me from feeling as if I HAVE to do something for this reason or that (approaching holiday, magazine deadline, etc.) It will allow me to feel as if I am in control on those days when I feel that the company is taking over (all small business owners feel that way sometimes, I suspect) and it will remind me of the joy I find in doing my job.
Hopefully, you all will enjoy them as well.
Have a great Monday!
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