As an artist, I find visuals–both found and created–help me to make sense of the world around me. They often also serve as reminders or touchstones for what I would like to do or be. Last Friday I found myself sifting through the many hued colors in my extensive collection of paint chips. I gathered words that speak to the qualities I wish to take in to this new year: true blue, mindful, flexible gray, and grounded to name a few. My hope is that when I stop in to my studio room to pick up my bags for school, I can also pick up a few words to live by for the day.