I am happy it is FINALLY the new year. The holiday season is hectic with three young children! I think I only got to pick up my brushes maybe 3 times between Thanksgiving and New Years. New Year's resolution #1 - to NEVER let that happen again!
Last year was successful for me in that I was able to make art an important part of my life once again after a number of years where I wasn't able to do that. Other successes include: my painting time has become more regular (and I have discovered ways to still work even when I don't have a large block of time), I was accepted into an exhibition, I sold a painting, I started a blog, I put a portfolio on ArtWanted.com.
I now have some more resolutions for 2010:
I resolve to keep sacred my studio time. Even on the days I can't paint, I need to still plan paintings in my head, write out ideas, make sketches, take pictures of things that inspire me or give me ideas for what I want to paint (I drive my kids nuts with this one - pulling over to the side of the road to snap a photo when we are on the way to one of their activities!), read about art, and look for the art and inspiration in everything around me. Find the balance.
I resolve to continue to get my art "out there" - blogging, using art sites and entering shows, etc. I am an intensely private person and this is very hard for me, but I know it is something I need to do at this point to advance my work.
I resolve to get my Etsy site up and running for my miniatures and smaller works. I have had a lot of interest in my smaller paintings, and I think Etsy will be a good way to make these paintings available to a wider audience and to make quality art affordable to more people. Even small works can have a big impact!
I resolve to wake up every morning with a new eye and a fresh vision to the things around me, to pursue my passions and to learn all I can while continuing on the never-ending road to becoming a better artist.
Happy New Year to all!