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 http://www.artbizcoach.com/). 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.
Trying to paint "en plien aire" - creating a painting on site as opposed to painting outside.
I want to step up my game. I can do this by:
Enter 4 or more juried exhibitions.
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 ( http://debwardart.blogspot.com/ ) 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!