The Resolutions (Or "Nose to the Grindstone")

Friday, January 7, 2011

Last time I talked about the idea of making resolutions, and how hard that is for me. I mentioned that I'm not really big on them--I've never been able to keep them, honestly, so maybe that's the reason! But I also realized that long term goals, while scary, must be attempted if I am going to succeed as an artist.

So. In that vein, below you will find some specific goals that I am attempting to achieve this year. I think I'd rather make goals than "resolve" to do something… One seems so much more concrete while the other is rather vague and wishy-washy… Maybe that's another reason why I have issues with resolutions. Hmmm…

Without further ado:

1) To participate in 2 Craft Fairs/Trunk Shows.
 2) To develop a body of work that includes 150 pieces/items for sale, including garments, polymer clay items, and art pieces.
 3) To enter a Wearable Art show.
 4) To create 2 Art Exhibitions/Shows or enter my work into 2 juried Art Exhibitions.
 5) To go to "Market" in Los Angeles and investigate what it's like.
 6) To join professional organizations that lend themselves to my discipline--wearable art, art, and crafts.
 7) To investigate the San Diego Art scene and community by attending exhibitions, openings, and asking questions at art fairs.
 8) To create a stronger sense of community around myself by posting more open and engaging posts to my blog in a more regular fashion, investigating artist-oriented community websites and forums, and commenting more regularly on the blogs I am subscribed to.
 9) To explore local boutique and retail spaces, finding out what it takes to sell my work in those venues.
 10) To cut down on my television and computer habits by more carefully monitoring my time spent using them, recognizing when I am using them as a crutch, and replacing the habit with something more constructive. 


Overall, I am trying to become more engaged in my chosen career as an artist. I think my year of "naiveté" must come to a close, and I must either sink or swim.

I'm trepidatious, but I am also deeply excited. I am cautiously optimistic, and childishly reckless at the same time.

And I have a lot of work to do. So. I gotta go. Time to put my nose to the grindstone. : )

Until next time, Live Life with Relish!




2 comments:

The Joy of Nesting said...

I think you are off to an excellent start there kiddo!! Just remember to do a bit of prioritising and don't try working on all of the difficult ones all at one time. Be patient with yourself, Rome wasn't built in a day. When you stumble cuz you will stumble pick yourself up reevaluate,change course and move on. Finally be sure to reward your positive moves, to pat yourself on the back and be proud of your progress!! :)

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Relished Artistry said...

Wow, sorry this took so long to publish, Pattie! I really do appreciate your comments--just took me a while to get back to ya! I am definitely going to take things slow--I am working on the "developing a body of work" thing right now. I did some exploring with polymer clay this last weekend, and I'm excited by the results. I'm contemplating adding it to my clothing somehow... But we'll see. All very much up in the air...

Thanks for your thoughts and for sending me good energy! I'm gonna use it! : )

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