I’ve been thinking about New Year’s resolutions now for several days and wanted to try again to meet my own expectations for the coming year. Last year I made a resolution to paint one painting a month and read one new book a month. Both were met with marginal success. I managed only three books, but I did get nine paintings done, ranging from small illustrative paintings, a Christmas Card and five larger full scale works. Not bad actually, in light of the fact that one painting took me nearly six months to complete.
So, what is on my plate for 2011? Well again I want to paint no less than 12 paintings and read as many books. Also… I need to start drawing again, and I plan on keeping a daily journal, which means I need to draw every day. Ambitious? Perhaps. Manageable? Yes if I stay focused and keep my paintings down to a 16″ x 20″ size or smaller. On top of this, I received a new commission from a good friend who is a writer. I get to paint the cover of his unpublished novel which will hopefully see the bookstore shelves someday. The other commission is one that I’ve been sitting on for a long long time. This is a drawing project that will span about 12 individual pieces of work based solely on mythology subjects. It will help me get me back to my drawing roots. I am not 100% sure the customer is still waiting on me, but I’m going to complete the first drawing and present it to him and go from there. Hopefully it will re-spark his initial interests and get me back into a good drawing regimen.
My first painting of the year will be my third book painting, comprised of three from my own collection. I am looking forward to starting it and spent a lot of time planning the piece. The books were carefully chosen and I played with the composition quite a bit before I settled on the image I liked most. In addition this painting will be documented via time lapse photography, which will narrate the painting from its pale beginnings to the colorful end. I believe I will have something unique to draw people into my festival tent when the time comes. I plan on purchasing a digital picture frame so I can play the images in a fast loop during my art shows.
This year should be pretty exciting and busy. I want to attend about 6 to 8 art festivals. I learned a lot in the first four I did last year and I hope my business keeps growing in 2011. I am going to give my studio until November 2011 to start paying for itself or I am going to pack up and move home and figure out a way to paint there. This will be difficult given we really don’t have a room for me to work in nor the storage space I need.
Lastly, I am waiting to hear back from the American Watercolor Society, Splash 13 and the Missiouri Watercolor Society on my exhibition entries. It would be pretty amazing to make the cut for the Splash Book and get into one of the nations premier watercolor exhibitions. More later…