Looking ahead to the new year

Snowy Tree by John Lechner

Another year is upon us!

I’m not one to celebrate the New Year much, as I don’t like to see time passing. I tend to look backwards as much as forwards, and see all the unfinished projects, the missed opportunities, the things that didn’t turn out as I had hoped.

Yet despite all that, I really am an optimist, it’s the only way I can survive. That’s why I love winter trees. Even though a tree without leaves can seem barren, lifeless, dead, that’s not how I see it. I see a tree in the winter as strong, resilient, quietly gathering strength. Let it snow, let it freeze – a hearty tree will patiently cling to life, drawing hidden nourishment from the earth below. It does not die when the world freezes, it knows that spring will come again.

The challenge of an artist is to keep being creative over many years, through all seasons. Each year I set new goals, and each year I fall short. I know I’m disorganized, my mind wanders from one project to another, the list goes on. But one of my goals this year is to be more positive, to look forward, to get things done. So, that’s what I’ll do.

Over the next twelve months I will continue to draw, write stories, do more animation, and hopefully read a book now and then. I will set some big goals and some small ones, and we’ll see how it all turns out.

I hope you all have a happy and creative 2013!

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3 Responses to Looking ahead to the new year

  1. Great illustration, John! I love the subtle tones, and that hearty strong tree.
    May you achieve all your goals, big and small, in 2013!

  2. Melissa Techman says:

    I love the fact that you see the beauty and strength in winter trees. I’ve got some silhouette trees on the walls of my library and I love the way they are so adaptable to whatever students want to do, but when undecorated they’re graphically simple and strong. I’m not big on resolutions, but trying to keep being creative and optimistic sees like a good thing to focus on. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  3. This makes me feel happy – I think I want to live in your website.