Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Only days left

"Meg" WIP- Part 3
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"Meg"- Completed, coloured pencil on Colourfix
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Gadzooks dear reader! Do you realize that there's only 5 more days until Christmas and only 12 more days until 2007 comes to a close!? It's this latter point that's sticking with me because I have yet to come up with a definitive plan for next year.

Over the past few days I've been perusing other working artists blogs (as well as non-working artists) and I've been reading up on what some of their plans are, both artistically and business-wise, for 2008. While I haven't sat down and worked out the nitty gritties for myself I suspect that next week after I've stuffed myself with turkey and various sugared goods I'll be primed to hash out a solid plan for next year.
At this point there are a few things I know for sure that I want to include in my plan such as:

- an art research project that I hope will take up the better part of 2-3 months
- focusing on refining my booth for art fairs and making it visitor friendly and professional looking (without breaking the bank)
- getting more equine works done and into shows
- attending more galleries and shows
- making more contacts within my local art community

These are just broad descriptions of what I'd like to see for next year and, as I mentioned before, once I've had some time to reflect a bit more on what worked this year, what didn't and what I'd like to try out I suspect that the list will grow and also become a bit more specific. Of course, I'll leave myself some wiggle room within my plan because very rarely does the universe unfold as it should.

So, for all the other artists out there, are you tardy like me in coming up with a plan for next year? What are your goals artistically? What are your business goals (if you're trying to make a living at this wacky thing called 'art')? Please, do share...


Anonymous said...

Hmm. Plan?

I've planned which conventions I'm going to, and this month I completed my first year of accounting documents. Looks like I shouldn't quit my day job yet. ;)

That horse is pretty, and I love the colors you used... but she looks *nothing* like me.

Lisa B. said...

I've been thinking along the same lines, but the idea of writing it down gives me the willies! I have no self confidence whatsoever, but who knows, maybe it'll be good for a laugh!

Rita said...

Thanks Meg, even if she doesn't look like you! :D

Yeah, I hate the accounting part. It's like a big kick in the pants though to figure out what to do (and not to do) for the following year.

Lisa, I've always found that when I write it down I get even more ideas and it also helps me sort out ideas that I was already playing around with. Who knows what you could come up with? ;)

Ann said...

I've been mulling over some ideas and goals for myself for this next year, but like you I am waiting until next week to look at this seriously. I tend to have too many lofty goals and this time I'd like to remain more realistic LOL!

Rita said...

I know what you mean Ann. This time of year I tend to be a bit overly ambitious myself, so waiting until the 'Holiday High' has worn off is a better time for me to come up with a more realistic plan too.