Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Ideas For The Artist's Play Room

Hi all, Happy New Year. It's so nice to have a brand new year starting. I must admit, 2013 was a rough year all around for  me and several beloved friends/family. I'm thrilled to say I'm finally back after many months of health issues. I may, over this year, have the courage to explain just what was going on health wise with me but for now I'm just happy to say I'll be back blogging and keeping up with all of you again. Thanks to all of you who kept coming around and leaving comments. It has been much appreciated. I'M BACK!! YAY!!!!

I've been really giving The Artist's Play Room a lot of thought in the last several months. I think it's time for a little make over for the place we share our artwork. Instead of every week having a theme to fit in with, I've decided that it would be more inclusive for APR to just be a place to share and talk about our artwork.

I want everyone to feel like their paintings are welcome, so starting this week, the first new week of the year, there will be no themes. Share what you're working on, whether it's finished or not. Let all of us see your artwork so we can encourage you to continue on your journey to being the artist you want to be. I'd love to encourage all of you to check in and talk about your art.

I think this will make APR truly live up to it's name, a place to play in The Artist's PLAY ROOM. I'm thinking we'll leave APR each week on Saturdays, each Mr. Linky will go live for that week around noon on that Saturday. If a majority of you want it on another day I'll take any and all suggestions. Is there a better day of the week to have it? (You can put your art from that week in at any time, by the way. You don't have to put your link in only on Saturday.)

I look forward to hearing from all of you and welcome back to APR for 2014!! I can't wait to see your art. (If anything is unclear, click here to go to the APR FAQ page.)

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  1. Whoohoo...welcome back Jenn, its so good to hear that you're ready to play once again. Now I just need to get my act together to join in :D xoxo

  2. So happy to have you back Jenn. I am sorry the past year has not been kind to you, however a new year a new start. The challenge looks great! I personally prefer the open idea as to be honest I have been overrun with working on my own projects recently and have not had time to take part in the weekly challenges. A place to show and tell is a great idea and saturday is perfect!
    much love
    Morag x

  3. Welcome back :)
    It all sounds good to me, I aim to try and play at least once a month but we'll see if that works out!

  4. Jenn, I'm so glad you are feeling better. I missed you last year. Can't wait to see what everyone in the playroom is working on....

  5. I think this will be wonderful! I found out it was quite difficult for me to do specific challenges. I will be able to play more often--whoohoo! I'm glad you're back and feeling better. 2013 was a rough year for me, too. 2014 is going to be much better. :)

  6. so glad to see you back up and running! looking forward to a great 2014. this new format will be a little better for me, i'll try not to bore everyone with zentangle every week, ha! i'll try to switch it up and try some new things - and so thankful for this place to share and get some helpful pointers!

  7. Happy New Year, my friend! Glad to hear your health has improved. I'm game for anything the team decides.

  8. It's nice to have you back, Jenn. I hope the new format will allow me to participate more often. I love the idea of challenges, but like Rita, I often have a difficult time working to themes. As for the check-in deadline and Mr. Linky timing, I like that you plan to keep it on Saturday. That way, I don't have to retrain myself. :-)

  9. I am glad to see you here..
    You are special.
    Happy New Year!
    I like the new idea !
    Much Love your way!

  10. Glad things are looking up for you! I like the open idea for APR and I think Saturday is great!

  11. Welcome back Jenn! I hope 2014 will be a happy and healthy year for you! I think your idea for the new APR sounds wonderful. Coming up with an idea for a certain theme can be a bit of a challenge, especially when time for creating is limited.


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