Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

New Years Eve and it is time to see how many of my 2010 intentions measured up. In my last post I listed and answered some of the 45 questions that I keep posted in my studio. Those questions help me to keep an inventory of my accomplishments. Knowing my accomplishments helps me to feel successful and it keeps me motivated.

Creating my intentions for the year is another tool to help me see what achievements I have made, what I need to work towards and to encourage me to keep working harder. I have 5 main intentions: 1) Stay organized 2) Become a better painter 3) Step up my game and 4) Work on marketing my art. Under each of these intentions are goals to achieve these intentions. There are 25 goals and I completed 14 out of the 25. :-)

I admit that my least favorite and most need of improvement is my intention to work on marketing (forgive me Allyson Standfield I know this is every artists Achilles heel and I am no exception. Organization is my next area that needs improvement. I would bet if I polled all my blogging buddies, they too would have marketing and organization at the top of their lists of areas that need to be improved upon.

Below, I use the same 5 intentions with some of the same goals and some new goals. I may take baby steps that are repetitive, however I am happy in my art and any accomplishments I make are gravy. :-)

I want to stay organized. I can do this by:
Obtaining artist software for tracking my artwork and books.
Keep books up to date.
Keep files of my paintings up to date.
Keep my studio less cluttered.
Keep my portfolio/bio/artist statement/scrapbook up to date.

I want to become a better painter. I can do this by:
Improving my studio habits.
Painting 9 or more paintings for the year.
Keep teaching
Trying to paint "en plien aire" - creating a painting on site as opposed to painting outside.
Picking an artist to study their techniques/style.
Seeing exhibits at museums, galleries, art events, and art fairs. (4 or more local/far away)
Try a different technique.
Keep donating my art to the Boys and Girls Clubs Annual Fund-raiser.
Take a workshop/class.

I want to step up my game. I can do this by:
Enter 4 or more juried exhibitions.
Take better quality photos of my work.
Participate in 2 group shows.
Obtain commissions.
Make 3 or more sales.
Meet more artists in my area.
Renew my membership to those I belong.
Join another are organization and become involved.
Follow my friend Deb Wards ( ) lead and take care of my health.

I want to work on my marketing skills. I can do this by:
Ordering new business cards and postcards.
Work on mailing list and strive for 200+ names.
Research the costs of prints/cards of my artwork.
Blogging once a week.
Creating a website.

I have listed 29 goals that I will strive to check off in hopes to get more that half this coming year.

I want to thank everyone who visited my blog this past year. Your support and comments are invaluable to me. 

I wish everyone success in their goals, lots of studio time and a prosperous New Year!

Best Wishes,


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My 2010 Accomplishments In Review

It is time for my annual review of the past year. I have looked over the past year and compiled my yearly list. The list of questions I have is approximately 45 total and I have listed the ones that fit this past years accomplishments. As you can see only a third of the questions apply to me this year. Even though I have not answered all 45 I feel I had a pretty good year.

1. How many works did I create?  A career high of 8 finished paintings this year.
2. What trips (local or far away) did I make to nourish my art? 1 trip to Key West
3. What classes/seminars/workshops did I take (business or creative)?  Fluid Acrylic workshop w/Deb Ward and 3 mini workshops @ GCWS meetings.
                                                      4. What did you try that was completely new? Fluid Acrylics

5. Whom did I mentor, teach, or help out? I taught a watercolor class and a drawing class
6. What books or magazines did I read to help my career? I subscribe to Artist Magazine and Watercolor Magazine. On occasion I pick up and read International Artist and Watercolor Artist.
7. How many names did I add to my mailing list? 4 – Mailing lists and 
marketing is where I always need to improve.
8. What did I do to enhance my online presence, such as, a website, FB, Twitter, Linkedin, etc..? I added a FB “Like” page. I posted 52 times this year on my blog.
9. Did I create an Artist Statement/Bio? I updated both - click on "About" at top of page.
                                                      10. What organizations did I join? I renewed my membership to  
Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society.
11. What worthy causes did I support in some way? I donated a painting to the Boys and Girls Club Annual Fund drive.
12. What art events, galleries, museums or art fairs did I visit this year? 1 art event; 2 galleries; 1 museum; 1 art fair
13. What exhibits/shows or contests did I submit to? I entered 3                                                       juried shows. 4 paintings made it into 2 shows.
14. What was the single best thing that happened to your art career in 2010? Being accepted into 2 juried shows; Selling 2 paintings (one being a commission); Teaching 2 classes.

How was your year? 

Happy New Year!
PS I apologize that the page does not line up and flow the way I would like. It does so as I type it out (for the most part) Some day I will figure this out.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."
Dr. Seuss

The wedding is over and all went well. The commission delivered and the patron loved it. Shopping was done with 24 hours to spare. I am ready to visit with our children and their partners, our parents, siblings and their families. But, most of all I thank the Lord for my year personally and professionally.

Wishing everyones Christmas "means a little bit more."

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