Monday, January 22, 2007

Back in the saddle again

I'm back from blog rehab! I have gone three weeks without looking at a computer. No favorite blogs, no favorite artist websites, no Ebay sales, not even email!!!!!!

The first few days I had the shakes, I walked around a lot mumbling and bumping into things. But I eventually cleared my head of passwords and the need to check out what every other artist in the world did yesterday. I did a lot of thinking and asking God for help and direction while I was away. (I was actually in Bolivia visiting my daughter's in-laws). I have not painted for the past two weeks. This was a much needed break and made me very hungry to get back to work.

It has been a little over a year since I quit my day job and started painting full time. This past year I told myself would be like going back to school. It has been a time of learning new skills, practicing, experimenting, and practicing some more. School is now over. I feel the next step is to start producing larger and better work. So my Daily Painting Practice routine will be different and so will my blogging posts.

My new routine will be to complete a larger studio painting (12"x16" minimum)each week. I will post the finished painting at the end of the week. My daily painting practice pieces will be small related studies for the larger paintings. My other stretch goal is to complete one large canvas(24"x36") or larger) each month.

I have new goals for the year also.
1. Get representation from at least 3 new galleries
2. Get into 1 juried show
3. Actually begin to make an income from my work. (More than if I worked at Wal-Mart full time)

I will begin posting new work starting next Tuesday January 30th.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good set of aims to me. Bolivia must have been interesting..........

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to this new phase and to seeing what comes of your fresh perspective.


Anonymous said...

Peter, this is a wonderful blog. I check it often. I helps keep me at the easel where I should be.

Anonymous said...

welcome back, like the new sounding DPP ideas, I had thought something simila for july when I reach a year. Look forward to seeing what you do and I hope that you reach your goals too. OK nuff said...get to work now!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back, Peter. You've been sorely missed. Your 07-Plan sounds incredibly ambitious.... I'll be rah-rah-ing you from the blogger-to-blogger studio side lines.

Anonymous said...

Great to have you back!!!!

Good goals.....I'm not brave enough to quit the day (actually night) job yet, but do have similar goals to

I framed my 'bowl of candy' painting today.
Love it!!!

June Parrish Cookson said...


Like most artists who are searching for new direction, we're all with you one-hundred percent!!

Anonymous said...

Ditto on the goals...looking forward to seeing your new (and larger) work.

Anonymous said...

Hi Peter, good to see you back - and right on schedule too. You must be more disciplined and organised than me :)

That's quite a set of goals you've set yourself, I wish you success in achieving them - which I have no doubt you will. I've found that beginning to work on larger pieces brings a new set of challenges, it will be interesting to see how you find it.

Good luck.

Parisbreakfasts said...

BLOG REHAB...what's the address puleeze!
I may need to pay a tiny visit..
Glad yr back.
I missed your jam jars etc.

J Matt Miller said...

Glad to have you back, Peter. Yours is the cheeriest voice on the internet.