I've had a liberating clear out, de-clutter and re-structure (needed to be done) of my work area, have found long-lost scribbles which at the time I thought vital, and obviously weren't, and put up my 2011 year planner. Already it is filling with exhibition dates, my open studio, talks, and courses I am running. Surprising how strengthening a little organisation feels! And how good.
Pinned to the wall, in front of my desk is a list of resolutions, fairly near the top of which is 'to read more'. And I've begun with gusto, helped in great part by a Christmas gift from my sister of The Nude - a study in ideal form published by The Folio Society. It is a book which was first published by John Murray in 1956 and based on lectures in fine art delivered at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.
I will confess to something of a fetish for art books, and this one hits the spot - it is a pleasure to handle, the paper, print and illustrations are sumptuous and it smells good - quite apart from the fascinating and edifying written content.
So I am more organised, sated and learned - good start!
(Incidentally, I have no prophetic dreams to report, despite repeated attempts with the leaves).