St. John's Harbour
I always make plans for the year that lies ahead of me. A plan provides me with goals and is a way of measuring progress towards those goals. Not knowing where you're going can be amusing for awhile, but it often leads to stagnation and the making the same mistakes over and over. At the end of the year, there are no measurables to determine if you've moved ahead or been successful.
Salmon Cove rocks
- A plan needs to be structured
- A plan needs to push you outside your comfort level
- A plan needs to be based on business principles
Professionalism is vital in all areas from business to production and presentation of your work. Long gone are the days of eccentric, egotistical, difficult artists as the expected norm.
- A plan needs to be flexible
Wetland Hoar Frost
So what are my plans for 2015? I'm calling it the Closer to Home year. I will be exploring more of my local surroundings, from local seascapes to my own 16 acre 'backyard'. So much is left to capture on this island and I've barely scratched the surface.
Cat and dog eye comparisons
I'm expanding my range of workshops and yes finally offering an online workshop in 2015 - I just bought a camcorder specifically for it, so no turning back now!
I'll be having a solo exhibit in June at Peter Lewis Gallery of my series of wooden boat paintings. I will also be looking at gallery opportunities outside the province - not closer to home I know, but exposure and marketing are needed outside this small island to secure visibility and revenue opportunities.
Whatever your plans for 2015, I wish you well and look forward to connecting with you during the year in person, online or through email. My studio door is always open for artists and collectors to stop by for a coffee or a chat.