Do you look at today as another year coming to an end or as a beginning of a new year to come? To me there is opportunity in either direction. Looking back gives an opportunity to review the year, goals met or not met, what got done what didn't get done, and most importantly, an opportunity for gratitude.
If you are like me, the goals I usually set for myself at the beginning of the year fall apart within a month because they are based more on optimism rather than realism. It's not that they are not attainable....the reality is that I usually don't persist in maintaining the discipline needed to fulfill my own wishes....Discipline? I don't even like to spell it.
I gave my first demonstrations at art clubs and taught a class at the Joselyn Museum.
I met a group of friends and went out plein air painting once a week last spring and summer.
I was represented by 3 galleries.
I was juried into my first two national shows. ( Even received an award in one)
Bought my first advertisement in a national art magazine.
I stopped selling on Ebay and withdrew from The Daily Paintworks group so I could focus on larger work.
Not a bad list. Most important to me is that I have defined for myself what I hope to achieve in my work and how I want to paint. That's another way of saying I have made the decision to stop experimenting so much with varying styles. I guess it is never too late to mature.... even in your 50's.
Here is the completed last painting of 2008. ( I know I should have a goal of improving my photography in 2009) Actually, my goals for this year:
Improving the quality of expression in my work using light, texture, emotion and narrative.
Concentrate on interpretation rather than reproduction.
Get accepted into 3 national juried shows
Produce and sell so much quality work I start complaining about all the taxes I have to pay as an artist.
Happy new year everyone!