Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Juggling mid year

I'm still working on Tapper's Cove painting, but had completed Weekend Warriors.  I just didn't have time to post it before heading west for some work.  So here it is now.  10" x 20" in oils and available through House of Diamonds Art Gallery and can be seen in more detail on my website.

I'm now at the point where I have to do some juggling with paintings.  Some to galleries, some to exhibitions, some to swap around and more to produce.  The investment in framing becomes challenging at times and it is a skill I do need to learn to do effectively, especially for oils or acrylics.

I also need to revisit my art marketing plan, not that there really was a concrete plan with tangible outcomes.  This year, I went more with the flow than the structure and I rather miss the structure.  Laying out objectives and planning methods of reaching them provides direction and deadlines, both essential for me to progress.

So I will be reassessing where I want to go with my work and how to get there.  I analyzed my artist statement and it gave me insight into why I do what I do.  Water is a constant theme, and boats, but reflections are the common thread and show my interest in glass objects or reflective surfaces.  Pulling it all together and finding the right market is key.

Then there's workshops.  I've been so busy this year, I've only had time to provide one workshop and there is a constant stream of people asking when the next one will take place.   Time management is crucial when one has a day job as well as an art career.  I need to plan and manage carefully to get to where I want to go.


Lisa Le Quelenec said...

I know exactly what you mean with the struggle to work out what goes where, which to switch, the endless framing... This time of year is wonderfully hectic. I could do with a six month review too.

You have achieved so much already this year don't forget to give yourself a pat on the back too. It's really tough getting that much done and working a job too... but then there's nothing like a bit of pressure ;o)

Jeanette said...

I know Lisa. And people think being an artist is a doddle! It takes a lot of time and energy, but that's part of the appeal.

I have produced more in the theme that I wanted so far this year, but still get sidetracked. The pressure does help the focus I agree.

Sue Pownall said...

I like the mirrored quality this has (hope you understand what I mean).

The pastel just posted with it's bright orange is lovely for its totally different qualities.

btw I hate dirty hands and pastel/charcoals with a passion but like the results.