For many 2022 was a blur, we find ourselves here in 2023 almost without realising it. We are all still trying to recover from the pandemic, physically, mentally and financially, there are few among us that it hasn’t taken its toll. Yet, here we are doing what artists do, creating, rejoicing and sharing. Enjoy this long read, it is such a good opportunity to check in on everyone.
Thank you to all who have contributed to making this year’s resolutions making this one the biggest ever as always, if I have missed anyone, please know it was not intentional, remind me, send me your content, and I will open the post and add you right away. Also, if you’ve not sent me yours and you would like to be included, then please do and I will add you. Please share this post widely!
… as 2023 begins, we have a small favour to ask. A new year means new opportunities, and we’re hoping this year gives rise to some much-needed stability and progress. Whatever happens, theappwhisperer will be there. Times are tough, and we know not everyone is in a position to pay for unique content. But as we’re reader-funded, we rely on the ongoing generosity of those who can afford it.
When Joanne asked me to write a few words about New Years’ resolutions, I was, am, at a loss.
“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”
M. Cecilia de São Thiago
I’ve been writing on TheAppWhisperer for a few years now about my plans for the new year. There were several projects dreamed, created and realized. Like creating my website, editing and printing my first Photobook, doing my first solo exhibition and so on. But now, at the end of 2022, after everything I’ve done, as recently the exhibition at the Paraty Photography Festival, “Paraty em Foco” https://www.pefparatyemfoco.com.br/exposicoes-pef-2022 created by the great Giancarlo Mecarelli, https://instagram.com/gianmecameca , I know I’m sad and discouraged for 2023.It is difficult to continue with a blind dedication and having to pay without any sponsorship, to print another photobook, have another exhibition and participate in festivals, after all, these values were very high.The only thing I take for granted is the collaboration with the incredible “Laboratório de Pesquisa em Psicologia da Fotografia”. https://www.ghisoni.com.br/Lpff with master Guilherme Ghisonihttps://instagram.com/guilhermeghisoni who has repaid me a lot with the same intensity of my dedication.I am also planning for 2023 to return to teaching photography classes, individually and via Zoom, as the demand has been high.So, by all indications, this year will be more focused on self-knowledge and a certain interiorization, in terms of photography. In addition to the commitment to the new project of creating and making jewellery with my eldest daughter, Catharina Florence, as you may see at www.mamieleonie.comAttached is an image I made for the Philosophy of Photography Laboratory.A big Brazilian hug to everyone and my eternal thanks to Joanne Carter, for the great work and everything she does for the mobile community.
I decided to create and publish my first book last year: L’Ego Meurtri. Hommage à Gilbert Garcin. It was not an easy process. Things seemed to be stuck at every phase. But I held so tight to my dream, and in the end, it happened! I am thrilled and anxious now about these boxes filled with books that started with just a little idea. My biggest challenge for 2023 is finding a welcoming photo library or home for each one of them. I’m still trying to find ways to do this. At times it feels a little overwhelming, to be honest, but I have resolved to keep forward in the road I chose and, must of all, to keep accepting and overcoming with grace and gratitude all that this endeavor and this life bring my way.
Wishing you all many dreams come true!
In this post- covid, kids all off to university, newly minted orphan life of mine, I find myself asking what the next chapter will look like.
What is it that makes ME tick? What do I want from life? All through my own lens, not via what is expected of me.
I must listen closer and harder to hear my own voice. Then, I hope to have something worthy to share; then I hope to approach my artwork with fresh eyes, opened anew.
The years go by
Like imaginary ghosts
We go through hardships
We live happy experiences
We are growing
I wish you enjoy every moment you live!
Wow, 2023 already! Although I am not normally a resolutions person, I do want to create more digital landscapes on my iPhone and iPad mini over the next 12 months. Hoping the year of the rabbit is filled with peace and harmony and the world becomes a gentler place. All the best to everyone. Love rules!
The past year was one of personal losses, but also renewals. I look forward to 2023 as an opportunity to explore some new directions. The simplest but perhaps most ambitious will be de-cluttering the house. The most rewarding, I hope, will be crossing a travel item or two off my bucket list.
Kindness is the nobility of intelligence” J. Weber My resolutions for this year, are gentleness, sharing, benevolence… Taking care of others and making time for me. And then create, take pictures, look at pictures, admire, congratulate, rejoice to be part of this beautiful community and thank Joanne for all she does for us. Love Vive la Vie !
I’ve been always escaping shooting on bad weather days, especially if it’s raining. My resolutions for this 2023 are to try something out of my comfort zone and develop a project rather than shooting always according to my daily mood, and collect images as a visual diary. For the moment, I’ll start with the most difficult thing: shooting under an umbrella in a very awkward position, but I trust the rest too. Happy New Year to all of you!
My wish for the coming year is to live in a way that’s more aligned with the process by which I create: pay attention; discern between what is conditioned and conventional and what is organic and authentic; trust the process; be willing to change; let the pieces come together to reveal what’s true. My wish for all of us as citizens of this planet is to be more conscious and aware of our impact and to be willing to see ourselves more clearly, so we can see each other more clearly.
Thank you so much, Joanne, for all the opportunities to share what we love with each other and to learn!
Wishing everyone clear-sightedness, a peaceful heart, and love, inside and out. 🌎🌍🌏🕊❤️
The past few years have taught us that really anything can happen. This is mostly out of our control, but we should concentrate on what we can do ourselves. For the new year that has just started I have quite a few resolutions, but if I had to join them into one it would be: I plan changes. The world around me changes, I need to take some things into my hands and avoid being simply carried by the flow.
Included in my resolution 2023 contribution, am presenting “Escape From Hell.” Have become a quiet observer these days, choosing to focus on my creative life and health. As an arts educator, am very concerned for my students (past and present) – many conversations on how AI will impact their future. In regards to my own work, the goal is to indulge in a more conventional approach to art making for a while. Looking forward to it.
When I think about all the many resolutions I’ve made over the years, it occurs to me that they were often focused on internal musings. So to start this year off, I thought about what I needed to focus on and what would benefit my physical and mental health. I knew I needed to simplify my space to make my vision more efficient, my daily routines easier, and my workflow smoother. I had to address something I’ve been procrastinating about for the entire pandemic. That being to clean out my studio, bedroom, and closets, and to get rid of excess stuff. My workload tripled during Covid, as did the amount of travel I did, and my focus on keeping things organised and flowing at home suffered. I knew from organising binges in my past, that minimising belongings, organising my personal and work environments, clearing out stuff, and reducing possessions to the minimum all aided in clearing out the clutter in my mind. Freeing up physical spaces put my aesthetic self at peace: determining what I don’t want or need, and clarifying what I do want and need. So that’s what I plan to do – get to work on cleaning out the spaces, donate, recycle, and discard to enable organised zen living. “Organising takes time but also makes time.” Peace to you in 2023.
This year I’m going through a shift in priorities. This involves making my way back to right-brained activities and my creativity. Although I retired in 2020, my life seemed to fill right back up with many new directions. So I guess since then, I’ve felt overwhelmed and diverted. My first “gift” in life was art. I majored in art and art education and was a graphic designer for my whole career. So I need to honour that gift and “refocus!” Ultimately I feel like 2023 needs to be a return to self. The word I have chosen for this year for inspiration is “savour.”
Despite some signs of relief, the world has not really gotten a better place after the pandemic. A lot of new issues are intriguing the world. And we are all involved in a certain way. I have chosen for this New Year‘s Resolutions Post the photo of a beautiful old olive tree as a symbol of peace, wisdom, prosperity, vitality, and persistence. The picture is mirrored downwards as if the tree is growing into a deeper layer of life.
Well, my smartphone camera will remain my constant companion throughout everyday life also in 2023, helping me to stay in the flow of creativity. Working with photos and short films let me interact with the world and communicate with you, the onlookers. In this flow, I feel free and happy.
This is how I will continue in 2023, creating photos and films, and editing and sharing them. I like to
live in a creative world. And I look forward to discovering the creative work of others.
New Year’s Greetings from Copenhagen, Denmark.
My wishes for the coming year, 2023, centre on the further development of my artistic work. In 2022 I joined an artistic community, named Spektrum, here in Denmark. In Spektrum, I have been guided by professionally skilled teachers (weekly Internet-based dialogue) and discussions, meetings, and exhibitions together with fellow artists.
Technically, I still use my mobile phone as one of my main tools, but I have expanded my end results to include paintings on canvas (acrylic and oil). Thus, I have two artistic product lines: A graphic line (high-quality prints directly from my iPhone onto heavy artist’s paper) and a supplementary line where I manually paint copies (or rather translations!) of the digital photographs produced on my mobile phone.
My favourite photo app is presently Vector Q. It transforms the photo’s pixels into a vector-based image – i.e. into areas of colour instead of “dots” or rasters. Small, digital image processing programs (such as Artbox and Vector Q) preserve my ability to play and “paint” further on the digital photograph. I avoid large and heavy image processing programs such as Photoshop, in order to work more intuitively. There is thus a constant movement between new and old technology, from digital pixels to the physical canvas.
I wish you all the best in the coming year. – And Joanne, thanks for providing this platform, so useful for exchange and inspiration.
Melissa D Johnston
2022 was a year in which much of my creativity was focused on my “day job” as a Pilates instructor and studio owner. The change in focus had been welcomed as I was a bit burned out artistically from 2021. But sliding into the last quarter of the year I found myself feeling unmoored from the things that meant the most to me artistically. Not having a consistent art practice contributed, but what I think was decisive was not making time/space for dreaming, for serendipitous inspiration, or for connection to what I didn’t even know I loved until I chanced upon it. I believe Julia Cameron calls it “filling the well.” I ended 2022 with a wonderful trip to France, visiting and travelling with my son who is finding his legs as a writer. The trip is my touchstone for 2023. In 2023 I will have a consistent art practice. But more importantly, I will make sure the practice has nourishment on a regular basis. No need to travel to France, just a little space and time every week to open myself in wonder to the world.
I can still kind of remember a time when I thought I could make some specific changes to my life by resolving to behave differently when a new year rolled through. But after driving 11,000 miles around the US last year, I can’t remember how to think that way anymore.
The great thing is, I don’t seem to have much of any capacity to enjoy the present moment right where I find myself standing or sitting or lying down right now. In fact, without using my limited life force trying to plan an uncontrollable future (based on memories from the past) I find myself, most of the time, living with a sense of equanimity I never used to experience.
Certainly, AI, the climate crisis, the deliberate desecration of life-supporting ecosystems, and the ongoing radicalization of political life in almost every country on Earth pose greater challenges to the human race and all living beings on this planet than at any previous time of my life.
It is my prayer that all of us in the mobile photography and art community use the year ahead to slip out of the crazy race for more attention and more stuff. The world needs visual artists who can and will devote our precious human attention to actual (not machine-simulated) Life on planet Earth. That’s what I hope to keep doing with a heart full of Love.
But there is still unfortunately much heartbreak and I feel there always will be. So for me, I look inside myself for a kind of resolution, a personal way to find solace, through my art. My art has been evolving recently to include more collage work and more painterly editing. This year I will experiment with including geli prints and natural elements in my images. I will forge ahead with abstraction. I will use my natural surroundings to inspire me. And I will go confidently with my instincts. This is my plan.
2022 has gifted me with a gallery to show my work and I am grateful for this. There are opportunities in the coming year for more exhibitions. But in the end, what will make me most fulfilled is the fruitful evolution of my personal vision.
Thank you for giving me this opportunity to express my thoughts! Thank you Joanne for all you do. I wish you and our art community a Fruitful and Happy New Year!
January 1st 2023, is a unique opportunity to reflect on fresh starts, and baggage to leave behind. Actually, I disagree. Every day, every morning, and every sunrise that we are fortunate enough to experience gifts us with this opportunity. However, we get weighted down with life’s everyday to-do list, illnesses, worries, projects, and transitions…and we forget how to seize the opportunities embedded in so many moments, as they pass us by.
Instead of a resolution to do something, that will soon be on the list of shoulda, woulda, could’ve—I like to choose a guiding word that will help me navigate the year ahead. Grace has been my word for decades. With this word to guide me, I’ve learned to apply grace to all kinds of situations: be it the temptation to overeat, beating myself up for not painting, working with french contractors, or looking at current situations throughout the world that might otherwise defeat my will to breathe, and to find joy.
I’m hoping 2023’s words will enhance these efforts and fill my life and artworks with their essence. My word is « lightness ». I’ve been transitioning my work in this direction over the past year. I see it embodied in the sunflowers I planted in my new french garden, which grow from tiny seeds to stalwart followers of the light, gifting their seeds to the wildlife that surrounds them. I see it embodied in the courage of the Ukrainian people, whose continued hope and courage can be an example to us, all to stand tall and follow the light.
Thank you dear Joanne for your message to all of us. Sending you my image and best wishes! Speed recovery and Happy New Year!
REACT LESS, LIVE MORE
All the best,
Again, I begin this year feeling so very grateful for my creative life. It always helps me maintain a happy balance and healthy perspective even through significant challenges of the past year.
My creative practice has expanded in the last six months to include botanical printing on fabric. For me, this is a natural and wonderful extension of my love of plants. This complements my photographic-based mobile digital art and ephemeral collages using plant material as well as my passion for making gardens. These forms of expression heighten my awareness of my surroundings and of the beauty at my fingertips.
I want 2023 to be characterised by courage, to push my comfort zone as I learn new techniques, respond to challenges and discover more about myself. I’m beginning the year with an online course through Fibre Arts Take-Two called “Essence of Identity” with Donna Watson. I have plans to participate in a botanical printing workshop in France mid-year. And as always, record and respond to the beauty around me photographically with my mobile phone. This practice of observation and response forms the core of my art practice and I love it.
Happy 2023 dear Joanne and all my wonderful friends. Thank you as always for your generous spirit.
After a half-hearted year, I hope to replenish my energy, stay curious to learn, experiment and have a different view of the world.
All the best to you, Joanne, and to all my friends in the mobile art community.
Thanks for including me, Joanne. My thoughts for 2023 are many. I have hope and I have deep sorrow. I have been battling with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for four years. It has slowly eroded all areas of my life. It has taken away my ability to be creative. It has ripped away my ability to be me. It overtakes my life about 70% of the time. On days when I am ok, I rush around and try to cram in my life and art. I try to find creativity, joy and contentment in a few hours. I’m hoping that 2023 will be better.
Even my geopolitical choice of place to live showed me a wrong decision, because the place I was born and grew up has a totally different situation and point of view in this war, together with my personal too…
All I need is peace and balance…and I think I’m not the only one to ask for when so much pain and tragedy happens just next to my door…All my hopes and praying for 2023 are to get out of this dark circle period for all humanity. And hope it will happen, really hope so.
As the new year dawns, it is a time to reflect on the past and look ahead to the future. As we bid farewell to the old and embrace the new, let us take a moment to set our intentions for the coming year. May this be a time of growth, healing, and joy for all of us. May we find the strength and courage to overcome any challenges that come our way and emerge even stronger. May we find the wisdom to make choices that are in alignment with our values and bring us closer to our goals. Above all, may we find the grace to be kind to ourselves and others, to show compassion and understanding, and to make a positive impact on the world around us. Here’s to a wonderful new year full of endless possibilities and endless love.
I hope 2023 will allow me to get out from the Covid shadow and allow the creative graceful moments to find themselves again….this is all I’m asking.
“Romance the Ordinary”
The only other thing I want to see this coming year is where or how “AI” is going to be recognized in the creative world….
Happy New Year!
The past 3 years have taught me many new things in many different ways. Most importantly I have learned the value of time with loved ones doing what comforts me. Being creative in many different ways is what I love, so that will be my goal for 2023. Your invitation message was a great trigger for me, dear Joanne, I’ll be doing more mobile art this year. And I would like to thank Joanne Carter for the inspiration and creativity that made this wonderful community.
I would like to say how honored I am to have the opportunity to share an image of mine with a few words about my hopes for the New Year. Thank you Joanne Carter and TheAppWhisperer.
As I reflect back on 2022, I realize that with no exception, every year brings both joy and sorrow. I try not to sum up a year as either a “good” one or “bad” one. Last year was the beginning of an ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, the continuation of Covid, the wedding of my sister, and the birthdays of my loved ones to name a few. My wish for the New Year, is to have the strength to push through the hard moments, and to absorb and embrace the great moments that occur. Wishing everyone a wonderful year ahead in 2023!
Welcome 2023! As in every self-respecting new year, the dreams and desires that we hope for are a need for survival. Expectations are always very high, but then the conditions that determine them are not always optimal. In the world we live in, there are ‘there is less and less light, hope and love for what one has. And less and less one is satisfied with what much one has, if only the strength to open one’s eyes and witness a new dawn. This shot has in the darkness that predominates, a point of light on the man who is at the center of a universe, where the red that crosses, is the gaze on love, passion, humanity’s center of gravity. This is what I would like for my 2023!
2022 has been a tumultuous year both for me personally, for the world and for Europe, with the aftermath of a pandemic, declining economy and war. A year full of anxiety, illness and worries, but also an artistic and creative journey. As we enter the new year, I wish for unity between people, respect for each other, new optimism, focus on art as a tool to bring people together and heal. Cooperation, togetherness and friendliness. Love and peace for all. I pray that for the new year. Wishing everyone the best; Happy New 2023!
Like many, I don’t usually make resolutions, but I do have a couple of hopes for the new year. I would like to continue my efforts to fully appreciate each day, especially as I’m getting older. On a larger scale, I keep thinking humankind will improve and I suppose it is, albeit much more slowly than it could and should. Specifically, I am so tired of the wars in Ukraine and other places, with the brutality and misery that comes with them. My hope, naive as it is, is that the bloodshed will stop soon.
Thank you Joanne for this opportunity and honor to be included in your 2022 Resolution Project.
As I reflect on 2022 and look to 2023 I feel a deep sense of gratitude. Gratitude for my health, a gift of new life in my family, and the deepening of old and igniting of new friendships, all of which I hope to strengthen and build on this new year.
The one wish for myself and all creatives, is to make the time to take the in-breath, to allow inspiration and creativity to have the space to grow so that it can feed our souls. My goal is that my images will also give my viewer a place to stop and feel the in-breath as well.
Thank you again Joanne for all that you do to support the mobile photography and visual art community.
May we all have a year filled with Light, Love and Inspiration!
As a photographer, my New Year’s resolutions and wishes for 2023 are to continue to push the boundaries of my craft and to create meaningful and impactful images that resonate with people. I want to explore new techniques and styles, and to challenge myself to create something unique and special that stands out in an increasingly crowded field. I also want to continue to learn and grow as a photographer, and to take on more challenging projects that push me out of my comfort zone and help me develop my skills even further.
One of my main wishes for 2023 is to be able to share my work with a wider audience and to have the opportunity to collaborate with other photographers and creatives. I believe that collaboration and sharing ideas can lead to some of the most exciting and innovative work, and I hope to be able to connect with other like-minded individuals who share my passion for photography.
I also hope to be able to travel more in the coming year and to capture the beauty of the world around me. There are so many incredible places on this planet, and I want to be able to document them and share them with others through my photographs. Finally, I want to continue to inspire others to pursue their own creative dreams and to never give up on their passions. I believe that everyone has the ability to create something special and unique, and I hope to be able to help others tap into that potential through my work. So, these are my New Year’s resolutions and wishes for 2023, and I can’t wait to see what the coming year has in store!
I’ve tried to live a life of authenticity, to live closely with personal truths, to discard peripheral noise. My work has always led me, found me, informed me. As a self portrait artist, the camera both excites and taunts me. No matter how I’ve tried otherwise, the camera is always in control. I am its servant.
Judy Lurie Wahlberg
Thank you Joanne for this wonderful year of amazing art that touches my heart. I look forward to the next year with more strength and resolve. I am dedicated to self growth and art is the vehicle where it is often is expressed.
Happy New Year 2023 to all photographer’s around the world.
I would like to thank you Joanne Carter and her team to giving this wonderful opportunity to photographers to share their thoughts regarding new year resolution 2023.
My new year resolution will be to help and support to people. Manage my self to keep healthy and wealthy. I will trying take amazing photos for my book. Hopefully, my book “Face of Hindustan” will launch in end of this year.
Be creative and more passionate myself in photography.
Thank you all for such a wonderful love and boost my passion.
Thank you so much for this opportunity.
“As a result of things that have happened in the past 3 year but particularly this year I have realised a number of things. We can hope for world peace, we can hope for health and good will to all; but at the end of the day – we have very little control over these things. I have learnt this year to be inspired by those who struggle to stay with us, to make a difference in a child’s life, to be strong no matter what, to inspire everyone they are close to to replicate their strength and to make sure we appreciate each and every moment of every day – no matter what the future holds”.
Lynda Lively Johnson
Happiest of the new year to you! Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your New Year’s Resolutions post. It means so much to be included.
“New Year’s resolutions are difficult because most times they set us up for failure so therefore my wish for 2023 is simply peace …. in anyway we can find it whether it’s personal or worldly. In the little things and those that are vast. I want that for my children, my grandchildren, loved ones, friends, and strangers near or far.
Thank you, Joanne, for allowing us to share our work virtually. I wish you and this wonderful community a happy and blessed new year.”
One year blends so easily into the next, I have trouble telling them apart, especially with history’s tropes endlessly repeating themselves. In 2022, especially in the last half of the year, I often found myself short of both inspiration and motivation. These always come and go, but recently they’ve been traveling more and checking in less. Walks in nature usually help, but in 2023, I want more interior walks to go with the exterior ones. We can let imagination stir things up and make things with our fingerprints all over them.
Jean (Annie) Sierra-Hernandez
I don’t think of the new year in terms of resolutions, but of opportunities – a chance to be more grateful, generous, gracious, present, playful, intentional, and explorative. I’m excited to move forward with a new incarnation of my ongoing States of Grace series, illuminations of my reverence for the natural world. It’s a direction I’ve had in mind for several years, with which I finally began experimenting in 2022. We hope to convert our lawn to a native habitat, a project we have been mulling for a few years, to better support wildlife, deter invasive species, and return our small yard to the earth.
As I age and deal with unexpected, but adaptable health issues, I treasure each day, each breath, each loved one, each tree, each bloom, and each inspiration. I awaken early to revel in the ethereal dance of light on the enchanting coffee trees beyond my bedroom window, inspired to express how they feel, and to live in a poetic state of grace.
I’ve always enjoyed taking photos but other than showing them to a few to close friends and family, my photos were only on my phone or computer. On January 2, 2022 I randomly found a photo a day challenge and made the decision to start a photo Instagram account just to challenge myself to try and be more creative with my photos. I joined an online mobile photography course, upgraded my phone and haven’t looked back. I once was that person who took photos and deleted most of them because I didn’t think they were good enough to show off. Now, I understand that my ideas and how I look at the world around me are worth photographing. I’ve found a way to see the world’s beauty that I never saw before and have found an incredible community of photographers who inspire me daily to try new ideas.
For 2023 my goal is to learn a new photography skill each month whether it’s composition, or artistic editing. And to just keep my creative ideas blooming!
To be more inspired. To continue creating. To love. To be loved. To spread kindness .Truth.
I wish everyone a happy New Year!
First, I’d like to thank Joanne Carter for this invite to participate in this event
Well who would have though 2022 would have unfolded the way it did?
I left the year 2022 with high hopes for normal conditions and social gatherings and outings as before covid – Everything was going to be fine, but once again a new but different gloomy shadow came on the doorstep here, namely the war in Ukraine – It has affected my everyday working life in 2022 and the meeting with refugees in the classroom and their destinies.
A new year is starting and with it comes unlimited opportunities in our lives to discover and create. Every moment in time can be framed and is up to us to choose what we want to focus on. My intention is to highlight the beauty existing in the world through art and expression.
I’m honored to be included with these artists who inspire me daily, so I hope that I can do the same through my art for 2023.
My focus for the new year is to simplify. I am looking forward to a lot of things in 2023, but the most important is leaning into a simpler way of thinking and doing: Letting go. Trusting the process. Doing and learning.
“Simplify. Look within. Within ourselves we all have the gifts and talents we need to fulfill the purpose we’ve been blessed with. ~Steve Maraboli
Meg Greene Malvasi
Everyday I send out an affirmation for the people in my life, myself included, who need it. By focusing on what we do have and a positive outlook I try to make each day worthy of that.
My resolution for 2023 is to spend more time and work through creative blocks to continue to develop and grow in my art.
I truly believe the creative communities have a positive impact on our world. I am so grateful to be a part of this. Happy and Healthy New Year to you all.
Zarina Ibrahim / Ina Ibs
Here’s wishing everyone may the Almighty grant you in 2023 bright days and inspiration, and may you always be safe, in good health and achieve your next dream! Thank you so much to my FB&IG family, friends and followers for your strong support, likes, loves, wows, comments and friendship. I truly appreciate it!
Also huge thanks to photography hubs and galleries admins and moderators who share my work especially to Joanne and The AppWhisperer. You don’t know how much it means to me! I hope I will continue to make good work worth sharing and inspiring, however small. I am always grateful that you consider my work worth sharing! Thank you again from the bottom of my heart!
Diane Adler Monheit
I tend not to set new year’s resolutions as the notion has never worked for me! I’ve had more success thinking of personal grown or change as a journey not a goal. I tend to think in terms of a three month period and set myself challenges to change habits.
Looking back over 2022 I’ve really enjoyed the photographic challenges I set. And although in recent months family commitments have meant I’ve produced and posted far fewer photographs, I’d love to turn that around again in the next few months. I’d also like to improve the level of engagement I have with people on Instagram.
It’s been a tough few years for so many of us. Let’s hope 2023 brings health and happiness as wide and far as possible. So all the best you ti and yours. Your good health, or as we say here in Scotland “Lang may yer lum reek!”Slàinte Mhath! 🥃
2022 seemed to whizz by at an alarming rate, as relative normality resumed following the pandemic. It’s fair to say we were thrown a few curveballs last year, leaving people the world over facing unexpected challenges and hardships. With plenty more to follow in the year to come.
I managed to keep up with my daily #365 obligations and have committed to do so again in 2023. This will be my 5th year. I’m still enjoying the challenge although it can be difficult at times to find new and interesting things to shoot.
I’ve started dabbling in glass fusing too so maybe that will also provide some inspiration!
I stopped making resolutions years ago, choosing instead to live each day to the full and be grateful for that.
Who knows what craziness this year will bring!
Here’s wishing you all, wherever you may be, and very happy, healthy and fulfilling year. xx
I’m not much of a believer in new year’s resolutions but I endeavor to always move forward with resolve. I have to admit, I fail at this much of the time. My resolve is constantly in a state of flux with soul buffeting ebbs and flows. Currently I’m interested in finding where gratitude and joy can be found in a world I’m increasingly pessimistic about. Perhaps it all boils down to love and creativity, so I’ll strive to move in that direction for a while. Hopefully they lie on the same path. Happy creative, love-filled 2023!
I found myself struggling for creative energy after a period of devoting much time to the care of another. My sense of self, and the confidence in my creative energy waned. The way forward seems a little confusing but I remain committed to growing and becoming more centered on my work. I found myself experimenting with other media, yet still rooted here in this community of mobile artists, and I hope to continue.
Thank you Joanne for this opportunity to share and for all of your support of so many creatives. I wish you, and the world a healthier more peaceful year ahead.
“I look to the sea
Reflections in the waves spark my memory”
Come Sail Away by Styx
I quit making New Year’s Resolutions years ago. Instead, I make intentions. 2022 continued with losses and grief, but also illuminated the importance of being present. Making art on my phone is a way for me of being present, of healing, of growing even when I might feel stuck. My intention for the coming year is to cultivate simplicity. And joy in the ordinary. And gratitude for what is, rather than wishing for something else. (I began sewing on my photos this past year as a contemplative practice. It adds a layer of texture to the print and quiets my soul.)
Chosing a word to act as a guiding light for the new year is a lovely way to bring some gentle intention to a new year. A word can be embraced as a reminder and a promise, and that seems to work better for me than a list of resolutions.
This way of starting a new year is more empowering to me.
The words ’Visual wisdom’ came to me and will be my words for 2023.
I want to explore storytelling through visual wisdom and continue to catch stories the wind is whispering to me. I want to follow the ideas that makes me wake up in the morning without an alarm. The inspiration that causes me to scribble small stories and ideas on napkins and scrap papers and that makes me lose all sense of time.
I want that!
Thank you Joanne for being our rock! I’m sending much love and friendship along with heartfelt wishes for a happy, healthy, artful 2023.
It’s a clean, new year and what you resolve to do is all in the future. We don’t know what the future will be, nature being a chaotic system, you can only guess. I’m just going to move forward slowly, thoughtfully and with renewed skepticism.
It worked last year.
Huge thanks to you Joanne for this opportunity to express and share my thoughts for and expectations from 2023! I sincerely hope that this year will be a year for great changes. I’m sure everyone would appreciate more awareness about Earth and Climate Changes and mindful use of the Natural Resources, ending wars, political and religious disputes. We demand for Justice for political prisoners, refugees, equal rights for women. Another extremely important problem is child abuse! Well my list is long…In addition to these global issues we all suffered from a pandemic which paralyzed our lives caused the death of our beloved ones. Since then everything has changed a lot. We survived! Our greatest consolation has been making art and the support Mobile art Community given to one other. I hope I wish we artists to flourish and continue to contribute to embellish the world to make it a better place to live….Mehmet Duyulmus
It’s been acknowledged by many that all the images we make are essentially our self-portraits, which faithfully reflects our personalities and states of being. As usual, I strive to become a better person this year than the last by practising loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. May all sentient beings be well and happy in 2023!
2023 is the year AI really explodes in the creative arts. Love it or hate it, AI generated images, words, even music will quickly reach into every aspect of life. My goal is to embrace the good of AI with an open mind and use it to give artists more power. We can’t stop the world from changing, but we can help guide it to a better future. To quote Neil Peart from the song, Spirit of Radio: “All this machinery making modern music can still be open-hearted, not so coldly charted, it’s really just a question of your honesty.” Hoping for a creative and amazing 2023!
Whether I’m right or whether I’m wrong
Whether I find a place in this world or never belong
I gotta be me, I’ve gotta be me
What else can I be but what I am
I want to live, not merely survive
And I won’t give up this dream
Of life that keeps me alive
I gotta be me, I gotta be me
The dream that I see makes me what I am
– Walter Marks
Well here we are in 2023! Happy New Year to all of you. I’m not entirely sure, but I feel like the last time I contributed to the App Whisperer’s New Year Resolutions was an age ago (2020?). It all seems like a blur—a busy, teeth grinding three-year blur to be sure. Somewhere along the way I lost the old regularity with which I created something on the iPhone. I also joined the ranks of the hypertensive! However, now that Covid restrictions have been mostly lifted here in Hong Kong, it feels like we’ve been anxiously holding our breath just waiting to exhale. We’ve actually been able to travel without the burdensome (if necessary at the time) hassle of a 21-,14-, 3-day quarantine. What difference! That’s a step! Now I’m wondering what this post-pandemic time will prove to be like. Despite the rumbling thunder of war, and the oddness of the weather from time to time, the sun still rises in the east and sets in the west; the stars still twinkle–when the light pollution allows them to peep through; and moon still wends its elegant way across the night sky. There is hope out there and light. I know because I’ve once again been looking at things like merry-go-rounds and lanterns in a Japanese restaurant with the thought: “Hmmmmm… I think I can do something with that!” May there be more than just an exhale of bated breath, but shout for joy! Wishing you all the very best in 2023 and beyond!
2022 hasn’t been a great year: some ailments and family problems have repeatedly forced me to put aside ideas, projects, travel. So my project for 2023 is very simple: to go back and take my life back into my own hands. The past and lost time does not come back but facing the new year with optimism and will certainly helps. Happy New Year and good photos to all.
Firstly, I’m wishing great, happy, healthy and beneficial year to all of you sharing into still wonderful community, guided by Joanne ! As for me I’m not aiming towards any fanciful resolutions , not making high hopes about anything , nor struggling to trying better or harder as I used to in past year. All I’m intending for this very magical 2023 is just BE and being here day by day as it comes . The only thing that will guide me is TRUST ; trusting me, trusting the universal vibes , trusting it all my very own way . I’m also relying on this stupidly funny belief of the number 7, considered to be one of my lucky numbers, because summing up 2023 equals #7 . So all in all , off we go towards this year’s adventure . May we have an enlightening one ! Cheers
A new year for me, is a new start to build from the now love, beauty, hope … faith and inspiration for a much better future. Thankful to the forces of the Universe that brought me this far in time, I take advantage of this opportunity to learn and improve myself more in all aspects of life…. always hoping for the best not just for myself but for the whole world as well. With existential threats hovering around endlessly, I have learned to value each moment that comes with the rising of the sun… enjoy the beauty each dawning brings and share the rapt through my works of art. As an artist, i vow to never stop dreaming. For it is in dreaming that I am free of the subjective reality the mind creates… its timeless feel allowing my creativity to ooze with ease… to blend infinity into something finite with my iPad and pen.
Phyllis Sherowtiz Shenny
Dale Bradshaw Botha
Şükrü Mehmet Ömür
At a time when it can really feel as though the whole world has gone completely mad, my intention in this new year is to pivot more often towards “curiosity” about it all – to at least “suspend” my beliefs momentarily, and open an internal space for questions. This will be a challenge, because my nature has always leaned into overthinking and worry, even though this has honestly never come to any good. But I do wonder if I can finally, at my age (71), shift that habitual hand-wringing into a more inquisitive, open state. And my intention, my resolution, is to try.
In the wise words of Pema Chodron, Buddhist nun & teacher, “let your curiosity be greater than your fear” – and I think that applies to literally everything we encounter in our lives, including global politics, our myriad relationships, and of course the inner workings of our creativity.
That said, I can’t help but reflect on the deep commitment to curiosity/inquisitiveness/exploration we see on a daily basis in Joanne Carter’s dedicated work with the many projects of @theappwhisperer. And for that, and so much else, I offer my deepest, heartfelt gratitude, Joanne.
Blessings to all – for health, for joy, for sweetness! ♥️
It is fortunate to be alive today, after the health crisis caused by Covid 19 that we have had to live these last years and that took away many of our loved ones. This crisis taught us that we must take advantage of the opportunity that life gives us to live it to the fullest and appreciate every moment with those we love.
In this new year that has just begun, may our main purpose be to take care of our happiness and our creativity with tooth and claw, no matter the circumstances or what people say about us, let us propose to be happy and live every minute of life consciously, embracing our virtues, quirks and imperfections and loving ourselves as we are.
My wish is that creativity, joy, the ability to be amazed and live consciously accompany us throughout this new year, that we can rediscover life in everything we do, see, feel, hear and touch.
May this year be the best year of our lives and may we find the success we desire doing what we love to do.
Happy New Year!
For a few years now, I have not been making New Year’s resolutions. For me, these are saying that I haven’t done my best in the last year, that I need to do better, be better, be more. And especially these last hard years, I have been all I could be.
I do however wish everyone, including myself, something very important, which is to seize any opportunity to create that you can get. Even if it is just to create an idea, a sketch, a word. This imagination, this gift that we artists have, this truly has the potential to make the world a better place to live in, to connect with our fellow human beings, to feel the care for the planet that we inhabit.
I wish for this next year that we all will be touched by the magic of these connections, and that we will touch others by our creations.
“Just one drop of compassion is enough to bring back spring on Earth.”
–Thich Nhat Hahn
Humble gratitude to Joanne for the invitation, for her generosity of spirit and for her loving presence. May we, individually and collectively, return these gifts to the universe each moment of the coming year and beyond. As Matshona Dhliwayo said, “When a rainbow spreads across the sky it is reminding the world that beauty comes in all colors.”
Janis Brandenburg Lee
2022 Was a revelatory year for me on a deeply personal level. The more than 485 pieces of art I created have felt like letters to myself to ponder and savor and linger over as I reflect back on a decidedly life-changing year. I believe my art has directly led me to new relationships, new experiences and honest conversations with myself. I look forward to 2023 to open myself up even more to reveal nuances of my emotions and explore them through my art and watching my story unfold in my creativity. My art has always been about the need to express myself as therapy; my need to create art daily is more obvious to me than ever. I’m excited at the prospect of the art within me, just waiting to flow out of me and become a visual piece of myself in 2023.
As 2023 I once more feel forever changed by a year living on earth. Last year was different than I ever imagined. Into 2023 I will continue the beloved constant in my life, my art making. My resolutions are centered around learning new fascinating art skills and excitement about a recent series that emerged out of unlikely circumstances. I resolve to explore and treasure my art life for the precious jewel it is. I resolve to solidify the international art relationships that have emerged since the beginning of 2020. I resolve to be grateful for long time close friends, my house, garden, community and still active body. I resolve to always be attentive to earth and her gifts.
Diane Nicholette Jeon
First, I want to thank Joanne for again giving me this opportunity to reflect on where I have been and where I am going, and for everything she does for us all through the year, every year.
The last few years have been challenging…personally, in the US, globablly. For this year, I hope that we push beyond all this disruption and move to more peace and normalcy to everyone’s lives.
For my work, I just want to keep pushing forward, seeing where it goes next, both literally and figuratively.
I wish everyone joy, peace and happiness in 2023.
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