Archive for January, 2011


January 19, 2011

"Play Date" ©2010 Ayn Hanna, 10.5"x11", Textile Painting (cotton fabrics mostly hand-dyed by the artist, cotton threads machine and hand stitched)

Up until a few hours ago, I thought my word for the year was going to be BREATHE.  In fact, I have a draft blog post almost completed about why I was choosing that word.

And then it hit me smack in the face during an encounter with a colleague at my day job today, my word for 2011 really needs to be BOUNDARIES.


Because I need to start developing better ones across multiple areas of my life to be able to spend my time and energy on that which truly matters.  And there’s so much attached that’s connected to or an output of having good boundaries.

Developing healthy boundaries, and then honoring them when they are challenged, is not only being adult and professional, it’s acknowledging to myself that I matter.  It’s a confidence builder to set and honor boundaries.

Setting boundaries at my day job (where i’m aghast at times how far some will push across them) can be tough, but oh so necessary.  It also creates conflict (makes others uncomfortable) to go against the status-quo, stand up for oneself, and be the voice of what needs to be said, in a room where there is no air because the elephants are everywhere and no one’s acknowledging them.  But when I stop and think about how NOT having good boundaries here impacts so many of the other important aspects of my life (like time for family, my art, my exercise & health, my stress level), it’s much easier to re-assert myself and re-draw those lines that get trampled so often.

It’s also not just about the day job.  It’s acknowledging that little voice inside, that burn in the gut, each time a boundary gets breached.  The first part of that is awareness, and then being able to respond appropriately (ok, tactfully) in the moment  comes next.  I’m getting better at this, but increasing my focus on this word will help me keep developing this skill.

My ultimate goal for choosing BOUNDARIES as my word for 2011 is to be able to have more FUN, spending more time on the things that really matter to me.  So, it’s not a major shift from my FIERCE JOY focus of 2010, rather an evolution of it.  And during those times of conflict, when I’m having to address a line being crossed, I’m also going to keep my other word, BREATHE, close at hand.

(By the way, the image above is a new textile painting I just made for the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Association) organization’s traveling trunk show, “This is a Quilt”.  This is to be an exhibition of small pieces that will be used for educational purposes, traveling by request, to help teach about how broad the definition of contemporary quilts can be.  The first place these will be displayed will be at the SAQA annual convention, which will be in Denver this year, May 19-21 at the Brown Palace Hotel.)


Pass It On! Art Show Opening in Longmont, CO

January 12, 2011

Quick Announcement! My artwork is included in the Pass It On Art Quilt Show which opens this Friday, 1/14 at the Old Firehouse Art Center in Longmont, CO.  The show opens with a reception Friday night and will be up through Feb 18.

I wrote about this invitational challenge and posted my piece that I did for this show in an earlier blog post here.

Besides the art quilts that are part of the PIO challenge, each of the 12 artists included in this show will also have additional art work on display.  I actually was able to include 2 of my Tangled Web textile paintings as my additional work included in the show.

Please stop by and see the show if you’re in the area!

Endings and Beginnings, Looking Backwards and Forwards

January 7, 2011

"Tangled Web #10" © Ayn Hanna, 17"x12", Textile Painting (cotton fabric hand-dyed and discharged by the artist, cotton batting, cotton threads) mounted to canvas

Happy New Year!

My mind is spinning, awash in all the things that this time of year usually brings about:

Reflection, acknowledgement, and appreciation of all that I experienced, learned, and achieved in the past year.

Appreciating and realizing how I need to do better at making time for my important relationships with myself, my partner, family, and friends.

Planning my art/coaching career goals for this new year (including plans for completion of yet-to-be-completed goals from the previous year’s list such as my Shift-It Graphic Coaching Certification).

Selecting a single word as focus for this year (last year I chose 2 words, FIERCE JOY).

Slaying Dragons in my all-too-full-time-make-my-eyes-bleed-from-staring-at-a-computer-screen-for-11+hr-days Day Job. (I’m actually very grateful for my day job, even if I have to constantly keep reminding myself of that.)

Writing thank you cards to my art collectors (I sold 11 pieces – 5 textile paintings and 6 prints – through our First-Ever-and-then-Annual Hanna-Hooly Holiday Open Studio Show in Dec.).  The image above, Tangled Web #10, was one of the 5 textile paintings sold at the Open Studio Party.

This is a quick short post today as I am off to attend an art opening tonight, but will have more to share soon regarding 2010 accomplishments and 2011 goals & plans.

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