Are you a resolution maker? I'm more of a goal setter. I set LOTS of goals and don't often accomplish everything, but goals give me an idea of what I am striving to be and accomplish.
2018 was not an average year for me, in life or art. We started the year facing my husband's retirement and a move with location "to be determined." June until December were spent in temporary housing situations or setting up house.
I'm going into the new year in a new city with anticipation and positive energy! I just need to decide on specific items for my endeavor! For inspiration, I asked some of my artist friends what they were thinking:
Barbara Davis (no relation to me, sadly) reflected on the ending year and told me the following...
"At the end of 2017, I had goals to draw everyday, focus on portraiture, explore the new ideas and techniques that are germinating in my head and heart! I began to take on commission after commission, though, and while I enjoyed each one, I realized my personal art goals were being lost in the shuffle.
My friend, and figurative painter, and portrait artist, Maria Bennett Hock has a very specific and defined purpose for 2019:
"I will dedicate myself to learning more about human anatomy."
One of my favorite watercolor artists, Lorraine Watry is starting the new year with an intriguing project:
"This year will be different because I will be spending most of the first half of the year painting 17 watercolors for a children's book.
Susanne Nason, my sketchbook mentor, plans to "fuel her creative fire" in 2019.
"As a watercolor artist teacher and mentor I need to be passionate about what I do. If I become overcommitted I can lose that spark. I have resolved to manage my time differently this coming year.
I love the philosophy of my friend, Theresa's focus for this year!
"2018 was a year of transition: new house, new area, attempting to start from scratch while family members battled health issues. Happily everyone is well, leaving us with an extra fresh clean slate for 2019.
Tara is always in the middle of a million projects. Her goals are big and varied. I'll share more from her in months to come, but read her immediate plans!
"In 2019, I want to finish the renovation of the old farmhouse studio building. It needs gutting and all its windows replaced, new electric wiring and new plumbing. We need to strip it down to a shell on the inside and start over. The building has great bones, and I can’t wait to see how it comes out.
Carrie's work from overseas living delights judges and audiences; I'm delighted there is more to come in that vein this year!
"In 2019 I want to paint more works as a collection for exhibition. I am in a mentoring group with four other ladies and we have been exhibiting in museums during 2018. We have several exhibitions lined up for 2019 and even a few in 2020. I want to paint more in general and continue to paint my experiences and inspiration that come from living in Japan."
Thanks to all these amazing artist friends for their insights and inspirations. My goal for 2019 is going to center around CONSISTENCY. I want to treat painting more like a job and schedule around it more judiciously. I'd like to inventory my new artwork as I make it and put it on my website in a more timely manner. I'd like write more blog posts and include more informative information in them. I'd like to put out a newsletter (again). I'd like to keep my print-on-demand sites more current and publicize them.
Most of all, I want to meet artists in my new city and form some lasting bonds with this place we now call "home."
Happy new year to all! Share how you hope 2019 will be different in the comments.