What are your Artist Goals?
It’s time to review last year, and make a plan for the upcoming year! Let’s review what’s behind us, and create a rough-draft map for the pursuit of artist goals ahead, shall we?
Do you go backwards through your calendar to inspect the events stacked in the last year as you plot the next twelve months? Pull up your calendar, grab a pencil, and scribble with me while I review….
Examine Your Previous Year
I can’t say enough about the wonder of audio books in the studio. Art-making while listening to books has been one of my favorite habits this past year; it keeps me working longer, and I learn so much from both the content of the books, and the way my own creative process is unlocked when part of my brain is busy “reading”.
Currently listening to: The Girl You Left Behind.
Working Studio Check-List
This year, I’d like to increase both the writing of blog posts, and making of youtube videos. That particular plan needs some strategy & ingredients – but it’s written in pen, and circled with stars on my list right here. What’s on your artist goals list so far?
I rebuilt my web site, and left blogspot for WordPress, which was a huuuuge source of fretting and angst for two years leading up to it. Now, I’ve got a one-stop web site & blog combined, with more flexibility for layout, plug-ins, search engine optimization, and better distribution tools. Finally.
This year, I’d like to film and edit online classes, and add a series of blog posts about what’s in your art supply cupboard. Maybe look at new artist’s products, or even old stand-by art supplies and their myriad uses. What do you think about that idea for a series?
List the Less-than-Perfect too
In last year’s challenges category (read: not done or needs attention), I’d include the [happy] part where I moved to a different city. The move-process itself put a crimp on the frequency of art-making, writing, and video production, etc.
I also didn’t take a single workshop (I like to take at least one per year), and I filled out just a few regional show applications (and got rejected by all).
Additionally, I signed up for two drawing & painting classes on Bluprint and have yet to actually watch them.
I did a big & bold nothing in the way of a regular exercise program. Boo.
Make Some Art Plans
So, what’s on your hit & miss list? What do you have at the very top of your MUST DO list in the studio this year?
Grab a pen and rough it out. Make a painting series? Use a limited color palette for 5 paintings? How about a still life painting in tonal values? Or three pen and ink studies? A single color watercolor? Host a painting party with your closest friends? Apply to no less than four regional shows? Submit your work to at least two competitions? Start a blog? Begin sharing your work on Social Media?
If you’ve written a last year vs this year blog post somewhere, leave us a link in the comments so we can see what you’re planning, and cheer you on.
Stay tuned for new videos, new art and new inspiration; I have a looooong list to share with you!
Thanks for stopping by today, and I’ll see you in the next post!
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I don’t want my thoughts to die with me, I want to have done something. I’m not interested in power, or piles of money. I want to leave something behind. I want to make a positive contribution – know that my life has meaning.Temple Grandin