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Exploring New Beginnings in Art: Preparing for the New Year Ahead

by Lauren Fallat, LPC LPAT ATR-BC


A beginning is an important and often overlooked part of life. It sets the tone for everything that follows, and lays the groundwork for the future. The beginning of something is always an important moment. Whether it's the start of a new day, a new project, or a new relationship, beginnings hold a lot of potential. The beginning represents a moment in time when everything is possible, where anything can happen. As we approach the beginning of the New Year, many individuals believe that this point in time sets the tone for the rest of the year.


For many people, the beginning is a very significant time. They are doorways into new worlds, opportunities for change, and the starting point of journeys. In many cultures, it is believed that what we do on the first day of the year sets the tone for the rest of the year. This is why so many people make resolutions on New Year's Day. Individuals are committing to making a change, to starting anew. They see the start of the new year as a time to start over and make things better.


It is a time when we can all set new goals, make new plans, and embark on new adventures. It is a time of growth and transformation, a time to become the person they always wanted to be. The beginning is when we set our goals and make our plans for the future. It's when we start fresh, with no baggage weighing us down.


It's a time to look back at all that you have accomplished and all that you have been through. It's a time to give thanks for the blessings that you have received and to ask for guidance on the path ahead. Most importantly, a new beginning is a time for exploration and hope. It's a time to believe in yourself and in the power of possibility. It's a time to know that anything is possible if you just set your mind to it.


In mythology and folklore, beginnings are often portrayed as being fraught with danger and uncertainty. They are times of great transformation, when the old is replaced by the new. In order to make it through this treacherous time, it is necessary to be alert and aware of the dangers that lie ahead. However, beginnings also offer hope and possibilities for the future. They are times of rebirth and renewal, when anything is possible. With a little bit of luck and hard work, anything can be achieved in the beginning.


For the upcoming New Year, consider creating artwork around this theme of new beginnings. Making art is a wonderful way to explore this theme and it can be a chance to try something new, to experiment with colors and textures, and to reflect on what's happening in your life. In art therapy, making art can be a way to work through difficult feelings, to understand new relationships, or to celebrate a new chapter in your life.


- Use bright colors and bold shapes to express your excitement and enthusiasm for the future.

- Create a collage of images and words that represent the things you want for your life.

- Draw or paint a picture of yourself in your new life, surrounded by the things you love.

- Use abstract shapes and patterns to express the uncertainty and excitement of starting over.



Reflect on the following questions as you draw on inspiration for your personal artwork:


What does the beginning mean to you?

What does it mean to begin something?

What are the implications of starting something new?

How can we make the most of our beginnings?


The beginning is a time of promise and possibility, a time to contemplate what goals you have that align with your own personal values. So seize the opportunity and make the most of every moment. The future awaits you, and it is a bright one indeed.


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