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« Believe in your Dreams - The Possibilities are Endless | Main | Make 2011 The Best Year Yet »

So Long 2010... So Good to Know You


used today's texture on the image above.

Happy New Year....Sweet Friends

How are you?

Can you believe it...another year...come and gone! Isn't it insane how quickly the time just slips on by?

Okay so I think you know...  2010 was a love affair kind of year for me.  I so loved this past year.

And the reason being.....almost every single day.... I was doing what I love.... living my passion....  and even getting paid to do it!!  How's that for awesome?

So with that said.....  not every year is like that...  some are down right awful.

But, good, bad or's over.... 

It's a new year...  a clean slate.... a fresh start....  what could be better?  

Time to stop hiding behind our insecurities...and start living our DREAMS...  

It's going to be FAB...truly FAB!

And as I say this...think baby friends...  baby steps. :)

What do you say?  Are you ready to embrace your inner artist.....  start feeding your soul....  and believing in EWE?

It's all so very exciting!!  (okay so the ewe thing was kinda corny...but i had this sheep pic that Ben and I took on our drive today......pretend it's a ewe...pretend you don't see the horns... okay?  .....)

Now how bout a little artful inspiration.....?  sound good?

Here's a passage from Julia Cameron's Arist's Way Every Day book ....for December 31st.

"when we say that making art is an act of faith and that as we make art we pursue a spiritual path, we are not talking loosely.  there is a grace in our every artistic encounter.  Miracles do happen.  We do not plan them. We hope for them and then we are open to the creator's mentoring hand in improving our suggestions. What looks difficult or impossible to us does not appear difficult or impossible to the Great Creator. " 

Isn't that ... truly inspired?  

So ... here's to an ART FULL 2011...and all that it holds possible!

Today i created a texture for you.... it includes each of your one little words shared in the comments section below Wednesday's post.


Click HERE to download it.

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Just a couple of little businessy items...and then a little surprise...

  • There are 4 spots left in the Original Art of Texture - it's a $99.00 eClass.... and it's on sale for $49.00. Click HERE to get the scoop.
  • And there are 6 spaces left int he Original Skinny eCourse.  It's on sale for $20.00.  Click HERE for the scoop.
  • Once the spaces are full registration will be closed forever..... So whatchya waiting for? :)
  • I am going to leave the Wednesday's textures at $5.00 thru the weekend.  Lots of people are traveling etc and have asked that I keep them up.  
  • Ben's collection will be forever and always $10.00.  (for those who have asked).


And now for that surprise....

I am giving away one spot in my upcoming Art of Texture - the Secrets Revealed eCourse. Please leave a comment below to enter.... Anything artful and inspired is perfect.  I will announce the winner on Wednesday January 5th.

So for now.... i say... so long....  Happy New Year...

You are awesome....

Love & Gratitude....always..... xxo, kim

p.s. need some one word inspiration?  click HERE to check out Ali Edward's One Little Word Workshop.... 

Reader Comments (148)

Thank you so much Kim for all the inspiration and the tools to bring our aspirations into reality. You have opened up so many doors for me in terms of my photography and the stories I am eager to tell ...

My word for 2011 is Shine. I feel like 2010 was a year of cleaning away all the gunk that held me back and now I am ready to enjoy my process, enjoy the act of celebration that is making art.

Sending warm thoughts to you ... and to sweet Ben ♥

xo Lis

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLis

Thank you so much for the One Single Word texture Kim, I am so going to enjoy using it. 2010 has been a difficult year for me in some ways but a joyous creative and learning year in others, especially since I found your fantastic Photoshop courses. I am looking forward to continuing my journey with your great videos through 2011. Happy New Year and every success to you and your family and especially to Ben :-)

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Happy New Year! All the best to you and yours in the upcoming 2011. Lovely free texture! Thanks much.

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

oh Kim, thank you so much for the inspiration you always provide, and for generously sharing your talent with us.
My 2010 was a great year, even though I went through a divorce and a few other stressful situations. I try to always focus on the positive, and there were so many positives in the year. One big one was finding you!
Cheers to an even better new year!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaureen @ cottage 960

Kim, Thank you so much for your beautiful textures and your inspiring art. I didn't get my word in to you because of traveling but it is "DISCOVER." I left my full-time job just before Christmas to become a full-time housewife and to explore my photography and other creative ventures. I look forward to discovering myself and the things I love again and to discovering where God will take me and my husband in 2011.

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErika

Thanks, Kim for your inspiration in the textures you create and your words of inspiration! I've decided that my word for 2011 is Delight and it comes from my verse for 2011, "Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart." from Psalm 37:4. Here's to a DELIGHTful 2011! Blessings to you! Loved the passage from the Artists' way every day book, btw!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervicky

I just started reading your blog in the last few weeks. I am hoping to get out of my own way and truly tap into my own creativity. Thank you so much for your inspiration!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Hi Kim,
I really enjoy reading your blog. I was going to sign up for the class for my birthday but maybe I'll throw caution to the wind and see if I am picked. While 2010 was not an awsome year for me I really feel that 2011 will be great. I am looking forward with eager anticipation to what will unfold this year. Thank you for all your free textures and your joy filled words. Here's to 2011!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterleslie rottner

Artful and inspired? Hmmmm.
This has been a difficult year for me (us), but it *was* better than 2009! Unfortunately, due to the stress of the season (I'm sure), I am very sick! Ugh! I haven't thought of anything artful or inspired in *days*! It's ALL about the tissues for now! :D

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMari

Thanks for another great texture and a chance to win a spot in your ecourse! I always feel inspired just by stopping by your blog. Happy New Year - enjoy your cozy night at home. That is just what I plan to do too! :-)

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie E.

Hi Kim-

I am so happy that I found you. I took your free skinny mini course so far and have learned so much. I am still pretty new at Photoshop but with each passing day I learn more. I really don't know what to do with textures so it will be good to learn all about them. Thanks for giving us the oppurtunity to win.

Have an enjoyable evening snuggling up to Ben.
I hope you have a happy, heathly, and prosperous 2011.

My best- Diane

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiane@InMyOwnStyle

Thanks, Kim, for the chance to win a spot... I've learned so much from you this past year, and I'd love a chance to learn more :)
My word/concept for the next year is 'action'... last year's word was 'believe', and now I feel like it's time to put some feet to my new beliefs!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwendy

Thank you for your awesome textures and a very Happy New Years! I'm so happy Ben is doing well. I lost my faithful dog last year and I know what it feels like. Keep up the good work!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfrancey

Thank you for your awesome textures and a very Happy New Years! I'm so happy Ben is doing well. I lost my faithful dog last year and I know what it feels like. Keep up the good work!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfrancey

Happy New Year to you and your family! Love that photo and comment about the ewe (no horns - LOL!). So glad that Ben is healing nicely. Thank you so much for that gorgeous texture and a chance to join your eCourse! Am taking one of your eCourses now and learning so much! When I have a chance to digiscrap and develop my own backgrounds and elements, there is such a happy feeling of satisfaction and contentment - great comfort for the soul!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGail

I think my word for 2011 is going to be 'change'. Unless I 'change' it to something more fitting. I really need this coming year to be productive in many ways! And taking your Photoshop class in January is the first thing I'm learning in order to do some changing in my photography!

Thank you for your sharing and generosity! There is always so much inspiration here!

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

I am so glad I found you and your textures, But more for your inspiration and motivation to begin to believe that I am an artist. I have done morning pages before, and I really want to start again. My desire this year is to become a better photographer. I have been in Photoshopland almost exclusively for two years now ( I design scrapbook kits), but I am determined to get back into the real world again, and take some photos I can be proud of. So thanks for all you've helped me with, Kim. I wish you and Ben and your family a blessed New Years.

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoberta T

Thank you so much Kim for this beautiful texture, love all the words - I think I would be very happy with my next year's leading word being "enjoy"... I just need to slow down, look around and really enjoy what life has to offer me :)

Thank you for being such a wonderful and strong inspiration, your classes opened a whole new world to me.
Happy New Year and all the best wishes to you, your family and Ben!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnia

Thank you so much for the free textures. You are too kind! Also, thank you for all you've taught me and I'm looking forward to more classes in 2011. Love to you and Ben!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecky Sue

My word for 2011 is "aspire". I shall aspire to be more than I was last year, and all I can be this year. I will challenge myself to learn more about photography and photo shop. I have an amazing photographer locally, that is giving me private lessons, so its promising! Thank you Kim for being my inspiration!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercarol

I would love to win one of your classes. I really am enjoying the skinny class and I so appreciate all of your help. Thanks for all you do. I created a pic I really like today using the info from the first 2 lessons.

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy Deupree

Such wonderful inspiration! To you and yours - best wishes for the up and coming new year. May it be filled with laughter and light..and all things creative!!!
(And - I just love the Julia Cameron quote. Simply perfect!)

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarcie

Thank you for the beautiful texture and for a chance to win a spot! Happy New Year and wishing you all the best in the coming year.

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

Thanks Kim for your generosity. I love all your free textures and use them often in my photo work. Oh, how they can enhance such an ordinary picture. Your blog has been wonderful inspiration to me this year. I wish you much happiness in the upcoming year.

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarty Mason

Thank you for your generosity and inspiration throughout the year! Happy New Year, Kim!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoxanne

Thank you for your lovely textures, and all your thoughtfulness throughout the year. You're very much appreciated!
I'd love to take a course but funds just won't allow it atm, having moved into a house that was in an unexpectedly bad condition. It's cost us many extra thousands and the money has run out now :( I so appreciate your Friday freebies!!!

Anyway, I liked these words of wisdom...short and to the point...

'Try to be inspired by something every day. Try to inspire at least one person every day.' (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

Thanks again! And Happy New Year!
Bernie x

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBernie Tuffs

YOU have been an inspiration, Kim! I stumbled across your site a while back and have been so enthusiastically following you and your beautiful artistic eye!

I am just learning how to really work with my photographs and I just love it. It's still a little overwhelming, but I won't let myself become afraid of trying. I guess if I had to choose a word for the coming year it would have to be COURAGE- courage to do what I feel inside of me, to let it out, and not be afraid of what people think.

I'm so happy that Ben is getting better, and I hope the surgery went well. I am sure that one of the main reasons your sweet Ben is recovering so beautifully is because of your devotion to him and your love for him- love is SO powerful!

I will send good healing vibes your way for Ben, and for you too, so that hopefully some of your stress will be alleviated.

Your New Year's Eve plans sound wonderful- in fact, it is pretty similar to what me and my DH have planned as well.

Love, good health, peace, and prosperity to you and yours in this coming year!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChrista

Thank you kindly for the lovely texture, Kim. Have a comfortably pleasant New Year's Eve with your little buddy!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Thanks, Kim, for yoru encouragement in word and example. I am discovering the artist in me, and getting out of her way.!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKarla Pitts

First of all, thank you so much for your textures - they are truly so flexible for every type of art I create - cards, digital prints for my art room, cards for my aunts - I hope the new year brings you much happiness and warm doggy kisses from your best Ben. You give - you get in return. Good Karma!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJan Lopez

Shine - what a great word for 2011. May we all open up our hearts and minds and let our creative juices flow in 2011!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Thanks for the lovely Texture, Kim~ I couldn't think of One Word, so may I adopt them all? :~)

I have several health problems and don't always have the energy to feel inspired, but interestingly, when I sit down at my computer and play with my photos and Photoshop, I have to force myself to stop, even if I'm tired!!!

I bought The Artist's Way a few years ago, but never read it and it's it's been packed up since I moved four years ago :~( I finally started unpacking some boxes of books the other night and found it and I think you've inspired me to start reading it!

I'm looking forward to the class I signed up for, but might also sign up for the Original Skinny eCourse!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElaine

I am so happy to have found you Kim! *hugs* Your plans for bringing in the new year sound just like ours here. 2010 has been a rough one here but after finding your blog I feel inspired to make 2011 much better! Thank you so much!

Debbie K

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Kiefer

Ooooh - I'd love to win a spot in your awesome class!!!!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristen Buley

Oh to be inspired... quite the undertaking. Yes, you have the knack for inspiring us all time and time again. Thank you so.

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternancy

Great idea for a new texture! Thanks.

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn Gallas

Kim, you are fabulous. You're my favorite texture resource, and I love how you continually wow and amaze me with your skills! I'd love a chance to win a class spot with you, but ultimately, I wanted to stop and say thank you for all you do today. Happy New Year!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrandi

Hi Kim. Thank you so very much for another inspiring texture. I have been reading The Power of Now off and on all year and so my word for 2011 has to be NOW. I will not look back at the difficult times so much and will not wish for a future that I have no control over but I will live in the NOW and enjoy every minute of every day as it comes to me. Many of those days will be spent doing my newly acquired photographic art and learning all I can from your gracious offerings. I thank you so much for the joy you have brought into my life while I continue on my road to recovery from a botched surgery. I'm doing well and will continue to improve with time. Happy New Year to you and yours and I wish continued recovery for precious Ben.

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Hartman

Thanks for the beautiful texture. I am sure I will find a use for it! Happy 2011, hope you have lots of joy, abundance, and prosperity to go with all your creativity! Also hoping for a full recovery of that sweet little dog of yours!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJill Odice

You have inspired me so much this year Kim, thank you! My word for 2011 is CREATE, and I have a visual reminder I created posted on my blog. I am so excited to learn and grow in 2011.

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoyelle

You are so inspiring and a wonderful teacher!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSue J

Dear Kim
Thank you for sharing such wonderful textures. I really enjoyed the skinny mini course and feel so much more confident working with Photoshop. 2010 has not been an easy year and I am looking forward to this New Year as an opportunity to expand my artistic abilities. I am very aware of the beauty of my surroundings, noticing every little nuance of nature when out walking with camera at the ready. This quote seems most appropriate ..
~The artist is a receptacle for the emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web. ~Pablo Picasso~
So thrilled that Ben is making such good progress. With all best wishes for the New Year

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeilacat

I'm still a newbie trying to soak in all that I can with digital scrapbooking and picture enhancements! I would love to win one of your classes. Have a super New Year full of health and prosperity!!!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Thanks for your generosity, in two thousand ten,
I'm so glad he's doing better now, talkin' about Ben;
I've enjoyed the creativeness, that through you pours,
Happy New Year to you, and of course all of yours.

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJim

Thanks for today's texture. I never even knew about textures until your skinny mini class and now I look at photos a whole new way. I'm sure I will use this one a lot with the winter/new year's photos.

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarieElizabeth

I would be ecstatic if I won your texture class! I think the combination of learning to make textures in Photoshop and then on actual canvases is an awesome idea! Here's to a New Year full of wonderful learning opportunities.

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen Difato

Thanks for your continued generosity Kim and a Happy New year to you too. In my book " Art from the Heart soothes ones Soul "

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFiona Randall

Happy New Year Kim - Bosley (my labradoodle) and me are so glad Ben is on the mend. We have snow and freezing temperatures here in WA state so Bosley, Hubby, and me will be watching movies and having dinner at home too. One of the highlights of 2010 was discovering your site and learning about textures. Thank you so much for sharing your work and talent with all of us out here in the web world. I always look forward to your emails and news.

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

Believing in EWE? HAHAHA, EWE crack me up!! =)

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

So glad Ben is doing better. I loved your skinny mini course, and I would love to take another of your classes. I didn't know anything about Photoshop before, and now I bought it and I am loving it! I have also ventured into using textures and I love it, thanks so much for your free textures, and I bought the Ben collection and I am loving it!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSelena

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