Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year! Year in Review

As the New Year begins, it is time to answer the questions from the last post and see what I accomplished in 2009.

1. I created 5 watercolors.
2. I took 2 family vacations and several weekend excursions.
3. I attended 4 demos through the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society meetings
4.  I have not tried anything new.
5. I invested in 2 file cabinets and a metal cabinet to keep my files and supplies.
6. I haven't found a mentor. I do admire a lot of my art buddies.
7. I helped a former student who asked for a crash course in oils/watercolors and remind her of her skills while she was in town.
8. I read Artist Magazine and Watercolor Magazine monthly; International Artist and Watercolor Artist on occasion. I referred to Exploring Color by Nita Leland and Experiments in Watercolor by Michael Crespo throughout the year.
9.  I have not found any new resources.
10. Sadly 0
11. I bought a new table for my paint and a architecture table, as well as, reorganized my studio space.
12. Clermont Sun Times twice and the Clermont Journal relating to Front Street Gallery.
13. I blogged 52 times (intention met), joined Facebook (still have to create a fan page) and twitter
14. Ordered last February, as well as, postcards of my painting "Two Men and a Barge"
15. I updated/re-wrote my artist statement.
16. I participated in a group show in May, entered 2 juried shows, joined Front Street Gallery, donated to 2 organizations.
17. I joined Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society.
18. I donated a painting to the Boys and Girls Clubs annual silent auction and ARTWORKS of Cincinnati.
19. I went to Columbus Museum of History to see a Rockwell Exhibit; went to Destination Artist weekend at Mary Mark's Studio Gallery; Cincinnati Art Museum; Taft Art Museum; Summerfair
20. I entered one piece and was juried into Miamisburg Art Guild's Annual Exhibition in August. I entered three paintings and all were juried into the annual Java, Jazz n' Art Exhibition in October.
21. The best things that happened to me this year was getting into the local gallery and the group show in May. 

Even though I fell short on a few questions, I will have to keep them on my 2010 list. Which brings me to my intentions. In 2009 I had 20 intentions and I checked off all but 3 items and fell short on two. I am very pleased overall with the intentions I did accomplish.

Now to create my 2010 Intentions. I am going to keep a lot of last years intentions to I keep myself on track.

I want to stay organized. I can do this by:
  obtaining artist software for tracking my artwork
  creating files for my artwork
  keeping my books up to date
  keep my artspace less cluttered.
  keep portfolio/bio/artist statement/scrapbook up to date

I want to become a better painter by:
  improve my studio habits
  teach a class
  trying to paint "en plien aire" Creating a painting on site as opposed to painting outside
  seeing exhibits at museums, galleries, art events and art fairs
  try a different medium
  donate artwork

I want to step up my game by:
  entering 3 or more juried exhibitions
  keep refreshing work at the gallery
  participate in group shows
  obtaining a commission
  make a sale
  meet more artist in my area
  join another art organization/renew my membership to those I belong

I want to work on my marketing skills by:
  read I'd rather be in the studio: The Artist's No Excuse Guide to Self Promotion by Alyson B.       Standfield

  ordering new business cards and postcards
  create my mailing list and strive for 200+ names
  research the costs of prints/cards of my artwork
  blogging once a week
  creating  a Fan page on Facebook
  creating a website

What are your goals or intentions? Do they work for you? Do you have to keep your list small or like me, do you need it spelled out? Whatever way you push yourself to create, I hope 2010 is prosperous for you.



debwardart said...

Wow, you really set up a program for yourself! I'm keeping my goals simple and vague this year! Happy New Year!

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Your to-do list is longer than mine. Maybe just focus on a few and when you accomplish one then move on so you don't become over-whelmed. Guess I'm thinking of my self with this advise, lol.

I think this year I will try NOT to put any pressure on myself. Keep your fingers crossed for me, *grin.

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