The year ended with a glitch….computer problems. So I am posting from Jackie’s computer, which is great, but unfortunately all my photos are on said broken ‘puter. Trust me, its hard for me to post without sharing a photo or two or twenty!
Looking back, 2011 was a busy year, a productive year for making. I feel I put my abilities and talents to good use. I used my brain creatively. I met a major goal for the year 2011, specifically….quantity!. I set a goal of making 10 items a week, and I did just that! My final count is 530. That includes everything….brooches, mosaics,quilting, and everything else! I put into practice….”worry about the quantity, let God see to the quality”…from Julia Cameron’s book The Artists Way.
In 2011, I found my groove, artistically. I’ve noticed a difference in my habits. I take part in less over-thinking and pre-judging. What a relief this is. I do the work and see what happens. Then the next “thing” takes off from the previous. Perhaps the biggest reason this has happened is the focus that required by participating in a gallery/store and art exhibits. Commitments are good. Setting a number goal to produce is good too.
So, what’s ahead for 2012.
-I will continue….participating in the local retail stores I have my things in: Art Is In Market, and the Northville Art House…outlets for my efforts. These places keep me making things daily. -I will continue to make brooches and mosaics. Progressing, changing, growing verses staying stagnant with the same styles and techniques. But I will probably drop in the numbers….because of my next goal!
-I want to produce a body of work that I can put in a solo show in 2013. I need to find a gallery and make the art this year. Hopefully a chance to commit, and an idea for a subject and focus of the exhibit will come along early in the year. I fear being considered an artistic dilettante, mostly in my own mind. I will need about 50 pieces…..one a week! With this in mind, my number-of- pieces goal for the year will be 350. 8 pieces a week, with one or two of the items being mosaiced or stitched.
-I also want to find the balance…have time for relationships: The Lord, my husband and family, friends, accounting work, blogging, the groups I belong to, home and garden, health, making a contribution to help others and the community. All the artistic output in the world would not matter if these people and things were absent.
I know I have set my sights high! But why not, better than aiming low. After having a satisfying artistic year in 2011 I feel energized! How about you, I’d love to read about your creative goals…..