This morning I opened a fortune cookie and pulled out the message inside. It made me smile and I think its a good portent for 2010, so I am posting it here.
I've reviewed and written and scratched out and thought and rewritten and now think that I have the directions in place for where I want to go with my art in 2010. As indicated in a previous post, it will follow three strategic directions, which I have refined a little in terminology for one direction (thanks for jigging the thought in my head Margaret).
I have a full time job and a life besides art, though a lot of the time it doesn't feel that way, as art encompasses so much of what I do. Finding the balance of time and energy is challenging the older I become too, but like everything, I make time for something that is important to me and stop myself throwing up excuses of why I can't do something.
My natural self is fairly reserved and not wanting to be in the spotlight, so putting my work - an extension of myself - out to be rejected through juried exhibitions or galleries always becomes stressful to me. I force myself to do it and to enjoy doing it and it becomes easier the more it is done. The critiques I receive are taken as given, helping me grow, not personal attacks as they could be perceived in early art life.
Art resumes grow, artist statements become easier (well sometimes), techniques are mastered and shared, new mediums and supports are experimented with and I grow as an artist.
The functions under each direction that I want to take can be multipurpose, in that one function may hit all three directions, which is a good thing, as it saves me time and effort.
Producing pieces of art is the essences of being an artist.
I will produce a body of work in gyotaku. This will be a minimum of 8 large pieces that are cohesive and connected and that will be exhibited at a local gallery. I am hoping that it will be tied into a grant, but if the grant doesn't materialize, the work will still exist. I will simply have to work harder to produce other pieces to support its existence.
I will continue to produce portraits of both people and animals for pleasure and commissions.
I will experiment in other mediums and become familiar with them.
I will take a portrait class with Gerry Squires. I have wanted to do this for years, but timing has always clashed. Its not cheap to do, but well worth it in terms of information learned from him.
I haven't devoted enough time to network with other local artists in the real world. The online art community is vital and important, but the real world is often where more art sells and I have neglected that.
I will become involved in the creation of a local artist's group to draw or paint with, exhibit with and learn with.
I will become a member of two other art organizations locally that will increase my visibility and allow me additional opportunities to show my art.
I will submit art to the provincial Art Bank, Arts and Letters Awards and to a minimum of two juried exhibitions.
Art is the bread and butter of artists. At this point in life, no I don't need it to exist and yes if I did, it could be a tenuous existance. However, I want recognition for my work, tangible recognition for my creativity, years of learning and hard work.
I will produce and market prints and greeting cards of my work through local stores as well as my Etsy shop.
I will apply for a local grant to support the creation of a body of work
I will develop drawing and painting tutorials which will be for sale online. I would like to produce four of these as a minimum.
I will market and offer workshops in my strength areas of drawing, coloured pencil, gyotaku and watercolour.
I will hold an exhibition of works for sale.
Roll on 2010, I'm ready and waiting for you!