Hitchhiker – 30 x 40 - oil on canvas – in progress
I don’t make resolutions at the beginning of the year. I never plan personal fitness or health goals. They just happen along the way and putting them down in writing seems to ensure that they’ll disappear into thin air before the month of January ends.
For my art business, I make goals, a bit like a business plan in fact. By creating measurable objectives, it becomes the only way I can evaluate my progress when I review at the end of the year.
As is always the case, I bite off more than I can chew. I don’t let this worry me, because distraction and lateral movement can open doors to more interesting opportunities. A set of objectives or business plan is never set in stone. Yes, you have the general ideas for direction but you have to be flexible as well.
However, having said that, I want to make my goals simple to allow me time to really concentrate on them and perform well.
So what will I do in 2014?
Boats and water and fish
These subjects will predominate my work and I will continue painting on a large scale and using a palette knife to produce another series of paintings based on this theme.
I have a couple of projects in the works that I can’t say much about right now as they hinge on funding and partnerships and we all know where those two are involved, unravelling can occur!
Yes, I know, I’m hauling that one out again. But I’m better prepared now to put this into motion. With my studio classroom workshops firmly in place, I have the elements of several workshops, I just need to spend time creating video to go along with them. Drawing and Painting Water are two I have in mind right now.
When they are available, I’ll have them listed on my Workshop page through my website.
Communication tends to be brief these days, reduced to “Likes” on Facebook or 140 characters on Twitter. Of course I’ll still be on social networks and would love you to add me as a friend or visit my artist page.
I know I have reduced the number of blog posts in the last year to about one a week and I know readership and interaction dwindles because of it. I want to change that by increasing the number of blog posts I produce to at least two, preferably three a week. I will also be refreshing my blog logo and theme. Its been stagnant too long and needs a facelift.
I am guilty of not commenting as much as I could on other blogging artists posts, so I will dedicate time each week to do so, as well as seeking out and supporting new artists.
So bookmark my blog, Illustrated Life, you’ll be reading more in 2014!