Other bloggers are starting to make New Year Resolutions, something I normally give a miss! this year I thought maybe I ought to, so that I have targets set. I'll be covering a colleague on maternity leave and my time needs to be a bit more organised so that I get time to paint and have work ready for upcoming shows.
I'm definitely organisationally dyslexic so this is tough!
I'll continue to work in series
- The waterways series: looking at local rivers, streams. ponds and reservoirs - one for when the weather is a little kinder to my arthritis, though I do have sketches to work from now.
- The coast series - I have lots of sketches and research to work from
- Local landscape series - ongoing
- to do more work in the flowers series doing more research and more large canvasses
- sketches of new grandson Sam as he grows :>)
- sketches of the cats - simply because I like sketching them
- a new series of totally abstract paintings, incorporating collage in some
- maybe to look at the possibilities of still life - something I haven't done much in years
- to continue using my sketchbooks as a way of thinking through ideas, gathering information, remembering artists work or quotes, experimenting etc etc etc
Then I plan to
- organise my studio space better - uggghhhh a huge task!
- sort out the junk in there and cut it down to size another huge task :(
- improve my website
- create another website with available work for sale
- get work out to more galleries
- have work ready in time for local shows of groups I belong to (I missed a couple last year simply because I was so busy :>( )
- Keep on top of the organisation by using my diary properly to give me adequate warning instead of suddenly realising that ooooops I need 3 new pieces for next week .....
- do an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of work - ugggghhhh another huge task :>(
any organisational advice will be gratefully received - I'm not joking about my appalling organisational skills - or lack of them. Simple systems for idiots needed!
Next resolution is to get to more exhibitons - the Contemporary Art Fair at the end of January (? not sure of the date yet) and the David Prentice exhibition in Moreton in Marsh (his paintings of London this time) are the only ones in the diary at the moment but I'm planning more.
I want to get out sketching plein air with friends and alone more - last summer forgot to arrive so I didn't do as much as I would usually have done. Often it was really cold :>(.
My younger daughter has moved into a house with a spare room and it's only 40 miles from the coast - so hopefully I'll be able to combine visiting, taking her to the beach and painting which would be great.
There's probably lots more I should add but I can't think of them just now.
Do go and look at the great post on a great artist, Joan Eardley, by Gesa http://gesah.blogspot.com/ JE worked in a way not unlike Kurt Jackson and I loved her work long before I'd heard of him.
The sketch at the top of this post is of a past and much loved cat, done in charcoal. She was empty headed and not too bright but with the sweetest disposition and longest fur. Like all our cats she was a stray that we had taken in.
A totally different target for this year is to get the sewing machine out and do some sewing and maybe some textile art. I see such beautiful work on some of your blogs that it makes me long to have a go.
OK - now I have to try to achieve these!
How about you?